Simbios Dissemination Wiki Contents

Dissemination Ideas

General Ideas

  1. Dissemination opportunities through science officers
  2. Dissemination newsletter (monthly/quarterly)
  3. Creation of or contribution to blogs

Promotion of Software, Models, and Data

  1. Post success stories and examples of SimTK Core and other software - possibly set up wiki so people can post projects or set up ability to link to related projects
  2. Competitive analysis: track benchmarks, e.g., for SimTK Core on speed or OpenMM, and post
  3. Articles for trade journals to promote software(Computing in Science and Engineering(, joint publication between IEEE Computer Society and American Institute of Physics (Jan/Feb ’09 issue on reproducible research))

  4. Tap into national organizations to increase awareness of software
  5. Monitor news groups to point them to Simbios software as possible solutions (e.g.,,

  6. Some kind of challege involving use of molecular trajectories
  7. Some kind of challenge involving use of SimTK Core or just Simbody
  8. Have user workshop overlap with developers workshop (idea from ROSETTA)
  9. Specific OpenSim ideas: videos/tutorials on interfacing with Matlab, overview of code, non-gait examples; how to manage plug-ins?

  10. For developer workshops, provide organized structure (e.g., via wiki - see NA-MIC site) so that people know ahead of time what types of projects others are working on and how they overlap to encourage synergy. Also helps to identify key team members who can assist with specific projects.
  11. Other potential uses for SimTK Core? Vascular interventions? Devices? (Steve Pieper's suggestions).
  12. Decrease barrier to get started with the software. Consider that people are used to different programming languages (C++, Python, etc.). Provide tutorials aimed at the beginner.
  13. Book or comprehensive manual on SimTK Core components (Simbody, OpenMM, ...)

Promote Awareness of Simbios and Research

  1. Add entries for Simbios and our resources on other websites, such as Wikepedia, Koders, ROAR?,...
  2. RSS feeds
  3. Blog, possibly link to
  4. Videos on Simbios research for posting on Simbios website and Youtube, scivee, etc.
  5. Participate in Google Summer of Code -- Google provides stipend for a student to work with open source code on a specific project
  6. Provide incentive for faculty to acknowledge Simbios in publications - press release or other advertisement of work?
  7. Provide something similar to Palumbi's microdocs/Short Attention Span Science Theater (

  8. Add BioE215 to the Stanford Engineering Everywhere site ( - online college courses

  9. Track and promote Simbios seminar videos
  10. Use of podcasts
  11. Use of webex/online video conference for Simbios events

  1. Movies & images repository on

  2. Add VMD plug-ins on
  3. Track and use info on how users navigate (where do they enter the site, etc.)
  4. Increase links to via collaborator and Simbios faculty websites
  5. Add keywords to webpages to increase hits
  6. user ratings and reviews for projects (see NITRC or Olo on sourceforge)
  7. Reach out/publicize to CS researchers who have a need for biological and experimental data
  8. Link from other sites that list open-source software: Koders, OpenScience Project (

  9. Palo Alto Research Center's Augmented Social Cognition Group works on Web 2.0 and how computational can help organize user-generated content and metadata - perhaps have ideas on improving


  1. Tap into national organizations to expand BCR subscribers
  2. Distribute BCR to other Bioengineering departments
  3. Distribute BCR to key NIH/NSF/etc. centers.
  4. Reorganize archives by BCR article type, e.g., Under The Hood?
  5. Update pdfs so that Google search results return more meaningful titles
  6. Move to a more on-line format? (Web 2.0?)

Seek Out Collaborations

  1. Revive the forums to bring CS and biology people together (is this still useful?) - look into Mathematical Sciences Research Institute ( at Berkeley

  2. Involving industry in workshops -- idea from ROSETTA: Have a developers' workshop once a year where all participating schools meet to figure out what goes into the next release. Hotel and airfare are paid for using licensing fees paid by industry and is a means of redistributing fees to all participants.
  3. SAB suggestion: form strategic partnerships with P41, CTSA or NCBC, etc.
  4. Partner with educational efforts, e.g., Concord Consortium with their Molecular Workbench


  1. Add ontology and biositemap capabilities to Simbiome

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