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Reactome Would Like Your Input – User Survey & T-Shirts

Last week some of you may have attended the Reactome webinar with Mary & I and heard about some of the great new features over there. I had already been exploring & testing the interface updates because I am currently updating our full tutorial on Reactome, but the webinar was a nice confirmation that I was hitting the ‘right stuff’. The webinar was recorded and should be released soon, so if you missed the webinar stay tuned & check it out when available. I thought it was interesting – it provides more background & theory on Reactome, plus some case studies. Our tutorial is more hands-on, step-by-step exploration of how to use many, but not all, of Reactome’s functions so the webinar and our tutorial really complement each other very well, in my opinion.

But I haven’t gotten to the t-shirts yet – my bad. Everyone has now had a week since the webinar to explore Reactome & the Reactome team is hoping that you are ready to share your thoughts, suggestions and ideas with them. As an ‘encouragement’ they are offering up 5 Reactome t-shirts to random survey participants. Here’s the call for survey takers that we got from Robin:

We appreciate your assistance in evaluating Reactome. Your responses will give us an indication of the effectiveness of the Reactome website and tools, and areas in which improvement could be made. We would like to know a bit about your background and research interests and welcome your written comments and suggestions.

The survey should take about 5 minutes to complete. The information you provide will never be made publicly available or shared with third parties.

Participation in the survey is optional. However, five lucky participants who complete the survey will receive a Reactome T-shirt.

You can access the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RV63355

Thank you for taking part.

Regards,
Robin Haw

Robin Haw, PhD
Scientific Associate
Manager of Reactome Outreach

Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
MaRS Centre, South Tower
101 College Street, Suite 800
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G 0A3

I will definitely be taking the survey, so probably will Mary. I’ve got a few thoughts to share & a lot of complements on what they’ve done. Fingers crossed that they get a lot of feedback & find a few more t-shirts to pass out – wouldn’t it be cool if we could all be walking Reactome billboards? :)

Catching up on Newsletters: Biocurator & SwissProt Updates

Time to ReadOh I know that I should read all the newsletters that I get when they are fresh and new, but in the heat and hurry of life I don’t always do what I should. So last night while my husband was at golf league & my daughter was ‘Nintendo-ing’, I read. And some of what I read was so cool I just had to over come the embarrassment of admitting my reading back-log to spread the word.  The first bit isn’t actually that old – the email was from Monday.  It was from the Biocurator’s mailing list & announced the formation of the International  Society for Biocuration (ISB) and that the next International Biocurator Meeting will take place in spring 2009 in Germany under the helm of the International Biocuration Society. You can read the full announcement here.

GermanyI find this really exciting for many reasons. First, I attended both the First and Second International Biocurator Meetings and I can not tell you how good those meetings were – just massively cool exchange of ideas – so the idea of getting to go to Germany to attend the third one makes me about giddy. Second, I am really excited about the professional society. I was a biocurator for years and still consider myself as ‘part of the team’ (I work hard everyday trying to teach people about the incredible resources biocurators are making & do regularly send feedback & bug reports to databases). I am so proud of the career that I am encouraging one of my cousins to join our ranks. Having a professional society to call our own will raise the profession even higher, in my humble opinion. Third, the society will be based in Geneva Switzerland, where the UniProt/Swiss-Prot group will provide essential support. Why is that interesting? Well, aside from the fact that I think the group at Swiss-Prot will do a great job, it also is a great lead in for the second news item that I want to draw your attention to.

ExPASy CelebrationThis one is a bit older – actually from a Swiss-Flash bulletindated April 21, 2008. It announced the 15th anniversary celebration of ExPASy, and ExPASy is celebrating with a user survey. Now if you love ExPASy like I do (they are my first source for figuring out ENZYME nomenclature & I’ve blogged about their Protein Spotlight & commented on their Swiss Quiz in the past)  please be sure to celebrate with them by filling out their user survey, which is still open.