At 95% Complete, the CDG doc set is almost done

This has been a rather large doc set, so you’ve all been amazing in bringing it this far. With around 480 docs in this set, we expected that completing this set would take some time. As of today, only 19 of the 97 or so quests still remain to be completed! If you have some time this weekend, please help complete some of these quests. Every little bit helps.

As many of you may have noticed, the pre-population of the docs hasn’t been working lately. We’re not exactly sure what happened, but Max has been working on fixing the issue. Which raises a question in our mind:

Let us know! Additionally, we’ve been rolling out a new feature this week, which we’ll highlight in greater detail later on. If you haven’t been on Mark2Cure in the last few days, complete a quest or two and check it out!

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Mark2Cure’s CDG doc set is ~90% Complete, please help finish it

First of all, a big and warm welcome to the Mark2Curators who have joined us recently! We’re very excited to have you and look forward to interacting with you in the future. By participating in Mark2Cure, you’ve joined a really awesome group of people who use their intelligence for a great cause. For those of you who have been persistently pushing the CDG doc set closer to completion, THANK YOU! The CDG doc set would not be at ~90% completion without your efforts.

If you haven’t Marked2Cure in awhile, please help us! Just completing one quest will help us move closer towards completing this doc set.

As per our user survey of the most desired features, we’ve implemented a new search function in Mark2Cure so that your recent marking can be copy/pasted into a search browser on a new page. Try it out!

This post was originally written for Mark2Cure and can be viewed in its entirety here.

Mark2Cure welcoming the awesome folks from DMNS

If you’ve never heard of Yo Pearl, the Science Girl, you are missing out! She is the super-cool, ultra-chic alter ego of Dr. Nicole Garneau (a super-cool, ultra-chic researcher/science advocate/educator/communicator) from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Over at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, they do all sorts of exciting open participatory science that might whet your appetite…literally! The Museum is famous for its citizen science initiative exploring the genetics of taste and they have an amazing program which encourages people of all ages and educational levels to interact with science.

Dr. Garneau, who has pioneered a lot of the museum’s educational and outreach efforts in citizen science, contacted Mark2Cure when she saw a presentation by Ben at the first Citizen Science Association Conference in February. Since then we’ve been steadily improving Mark2Cure waiting for the day when it would be worthy of attention from Yo Pearl, the Science Girl. Happily, that day has come.

This post was originally written for Mark2Cure and can be viewed in its entirety here.

Mark2Cure photo contest update, new doc set, and more

Alacrima–done! You did it! Now for that pesky CDG…

Thanks to you, the Alacrima doc set has been completed. We’ve added a new doc set, but the CDG and O-glycosylation doc sets still need a lot of help.  The CDG doc set is already close to 80% complete, but it is a huge doc set. Help complete it: http://mark2cure.org.
 
Max has been busy adding small features here and there as he prepares to work on building a dedicated discussion forum for our community and adding copy/paste functionality. Some of our new features include:

  • Changes to Training 4– We’re listening carefully to your suggestions on how to improve this module, hopefully the new fixes help
  • Quick stat box– See your own stats quickly on the dashboard
  • Leaderboard improvements– Top the monthly, weekly, or daily charts! Contribute today and make your mark!
  • Load times– Max has been optimizing some of the code so the dashboard and docs should load much more quickly now.

In case you missed Andrew’s live stream talk about Mark2Cure at the Stanford Big Data to Biomedicine conference, Stanford has finally released the video.

This post was originally written for Mark2Cure and can be viewed in its entirety here.

Mark2Cure Subscription options, photo contest, and more

With Father’s day coming up and after meeting many inspirational Mark2Curators, we’ve decided to have a photo contest! The prize is one of three really lovely Mark2Cure T-shirts.

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Take a selfie or a photo with a sign explaining Why you mark2cure.
  2. Email the photo to gtsueng (at) scripps (period) edu and include your Mark2Cure user name, so we can see your contributions.
  3. Share your photo online (no need to include your user name when you share) preferably on facebook or twitter (#WhyIMark2Cure)

This contest was inspired by the awesome Mark2Curators who are rare disease dads (like Matt and Carl) or are caring for a loved one with a disease.

Pam, one of our awesome Mark2Curators, provides care for her father who suffers from Alzheimer Disease.  Like her shirt? Enter our photo contest to win one.
Pam, one of our awesome Mark2Curators, provides care for her father who suffers from Alzheimer Disease. Like her shirt? Enter our photo contest to win one.

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You have spoken, and we’d love to hear more!

So far, we’ve heard from quite a few of our Mark2Curators offering a number of great suggestions, and pointing out bugs that need to be fixed. Currently, we have plans to make the green and blue more distinct (thank you all for pointing this out to us!), but what should we tackle next? There are just too many features we’d like to add, it’s really hard for us to choose! Help us with this! Please vote for the feature you’d love to see next in our user poll. The survey will only be available until noon on Wednesday, June 10th, so act now!

If you’ve been away from Mark2Cure for the last week, Max has just added some new features:
-Doc set descriptions (now you can see why a group of documents was chosen)
-Community progress (how close is a doc set to completion?)
Both features visible by clicking on the blurb under each doc set title in the dashboard.

This post was originally written for Mark2Cure and can be viewed in its entirety here.