[ExI] please consider joining OpenWorm

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Tue Feb 5 16:03:08 UTC 2013

See http://www.openworm.org/



We need your skills! No matter what programming language you are used to we
will find a place for you! We are building different software components
which require different kinds of expertise. 

Geppetto, our simulation platform, is written in Java and leverages
technologies like OSGi, Spring Framework, OpenCL and Maven. Geppetto's
frontend is written using THREE.js and WebGL. Back-end / front-end
communication happens via JSON messages through WebSocket. The engine runs on
on Eclipse Virgo WebServer deployed on an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud Linux
instance. Sound familiar? Like to help? Contact us! 

Our most popular scripting language is Python, which we use for many
purposes, from hacking and managing documents quickly to interfacing with
neuro-informatics resources. Even our optimisation engine is written in
Python. If you have experience with it you could help the project in a number
of ways, so please contact us!


Dear fellow scientist, do you work with C. elegans in your lab? Do you work
with optogenetics? Do you write computational models for neurons? Are you an
expert in connectomics? Do you work with fluid dynamics simulations? Do you
work with computational models for chemical diffusion? Do you have experience
with numerical methods for solving cable equations? Do you think that you are
working on something that we could be interested in? 

If the answer to any of the above questions is yes and you would like to help
us please contact us!


So you are a writer! Whether you are a novelist, a blogger or a technical
writer we could use a hand. Communication is fundamental for us and we try
our best to clearly convey our goal at OpenWorm. We want to make people aware
of the importance of what we are trying to do. Get in touch with us by
sending some samples of your writing and describe in what way you would like
to contribute! 

Also if you are writing a blog post or an article about the project feel free
to ask us for any material like our logo or some sexy worm graphics. We would
be more than happy to help you!


We love beautiful things. We always make an extra effort to make things look
as cool as they can be. Are you a graphic designer? Do you draw or do you
make awesome videos? We need you. We love to inspire people and we believe
art is the best way to do it.

If you would like to help out please send us some examples from your
portfolio and tell us how you would like to use your talent. If you can't
think of anything still get in touch with us, we'll figure something out


Do you have experience as a WebMaster? Did you spot that we built our website
with Bootstrap? Do you speak javascript?

Mantaining our web site is an important job and we could use a hand. If you
would like to help us, contact us and link to some of the websites you have
worked on. Also feel free to give us any feedback on usability of this
website; we like to constantly raise the bar!


Do you share our vision? Do you believe that to accelerate drug discovery we
need better predictive models for biology? Are you an advocate of open

OpenWorm is not supported by traditional research grants. Everything that was
done so far happened thanks to the passion of our volunteers. Imagine how
fast we could accelerate our development with your support. 

If you are interested in helping to fund OpenWorm or partner with us please
contact us. We need your help.

Curious citizen

One thing we need more than anything is for people to know about us. Getting
visibility for the project will help us attract attention, raise awareness
and ultimately reach our goal faster. 

If you would like to help us you can spread the word with your family and
friends and explain them how a biological accurate simulation of a tiny worm
could help a lot to accelerate the cure of diseases. You can also tell your
geek friends how it would be totally cool to have a virtual worm living
inside your computer. 

Also if there is anything you think you could help us with which doesn't fall
in any of the above categories please contact us, we would love to hear from

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