|Wiethuechter A, Gnaiger E (2010) Bioblast wiki.|
Bioblast was launched as a glossary and index for high-resolution respirometry (Oroboros Instruments: OroboPedia) and Mitochondrial Physiology (MitoPedia), to find topics quickly, as a dynamic tool for summarizing definitions of terms, symbols and abbreviations. However, it´s potential benefits as an innovative, self-developing database make the Bioblast Wiki much more than a service by Oroboros.
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Bioblast was launched as a glossary and index for high-resolution respirometry (Oroboros Instruments: OroboPedia) and Mitochondrial Physiology (MitoPedia), to find topics quickly, as a dynamic tool for summarizing definitions of terms, symbols and abbreviations. However, it´s potential benefits as an innovative, self-developing database make the Bioblast Wiki much more than a service by Oroboros [1-3].
What is a wiki? A wiki (Hawaiian, meaning ‘fast’ ) is a dynamic and collaborative website. Ward Cunningham developed the software WikiWikiWeb for ‘the simplest online database that could possibly work’ . Users of the Bioblast Wiki will recognize the navigation tools of MediaWiki that make the Wikipedia so popular and easy to use.
What is the aim? The Bioblast Wiki provides a first platform for Gentle Science  in the spirit of Scientific Social Responsibility. Catalytically working as an Information synthase (see logo ), MitoPedia supports the decentralized evolution of a glossary of scientific terms, for developing a consistent nomenclature in the growing field of mitochondrial physiology. The corresponding category Publications provides a portal for sharing, disseminating and commenting relevant literature in mitochondrial physiology, with context–related ‘filters’ for references. Bioblast allows the evolution of a scientific publication – providing space for open discussions and extensions of an otherwise static paper. This applies specifically to Methods and Materials, Discussion, and References sections, which may be limited by space in original publications. Detailed information added and edited should be helpful in practice. For example, MiPNet-Protocols are found now more quickly in the OroboPedia (‘Manuals and Protocols’) and users are encouraged to contribute and share their expertise.
Contributions are invited by students and experts in the field. If successful and with support by active organizations, Bioblast Wiki may extend to cover mitochondrial health and disease, in nutrition and sports, for patients and practitioners, diagnosis and therapy - for all who care about Life and a life style in cooperation with the bioblasts.
How to register? mailto:[email protected] - a gradually increasing community of ‘active users’ ensures balanced growth of the Bioblast Wiki according to the concept of Tempo giusto (the appropriate speed). How does it work? We invite the members of the MiPsociety to join as ‘active users’, to contribute to the opening Bioblast Wiki and ensure that it will develop into a balanced database with top-quality scientific information. This can be achieved only by an expert-moderated wiki – meaning the input and feedback of a large benevolent user community of scientists and technicians involved in mitochondrial physiology.
By its world-wide recognition of scientific excellence, the MiPsociety can shape the Bioblast Wiki – bringing together scientists working in divergent disciplines, to discuss, to resolve differences, to spread new knowledge and techniques; thus meeting the demand to integrate current developments in the methodologically and conceptually complex field of mitochondrial physiology .
Contribution to Mitofood COST Action FAO602.
1. The term MitoPedia is a portmanteau from mitochondria and encyclopaedia. Likewise, OroboPedia is taken from Ouroboros “the tail-eater” – archetypical symbol of a dragon forming a circle, where ‘creation and the created become one in an inseparable process’.
http://www.mipart.at/index.php?oroboros-archetypical-symbol 2010-09-09 2. The Bioblast logo combines mitochondrial art, from ‘ATP synthase congregation’ by Odra Noel (p. 121), with the Oroboros.
3. Gentle Science Shapes the World - http://www.bioblast.at/index.php/Gentle_Science 2010-09-16
4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki 2010-09-09
5. Cunningham Ward: What is a Wiki; WikiWikiWeb: http://www.wiki.org/wiki.cgi?WhatIsWiki 2010-09-09
6. Gnaiger E, ed (2005) Mitochondrial Physiology. The Many Faces and Functions of an Organelle. Mitochondr Physiol Network 10.09: 1-152. -http://www.mitophysiology.org/?MiP2005_abstracts