[ExI] please consider joining OpenWorm

Adrian Tymes atymes at gmail.com
Tue Feb 5 17:54:08 UTC 2013

> Building the first digital life form. Open source.

This claim would be laughable if it was what they truly
meant.  There have been scads and scads of "digital life
forms", including some detailed single-cell-organism

What they appear to be doing instead is a highly detailed,
open source model of a worm (c. elegans).

They need a better catchphrase, or anyone who's been
around the Web long enough to be of much use to them
may well think they are yet another naive effort and
click away without exploring further.

On Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 8:03 AM, Eugen Leitl <eugen at leitl.org> wrote:
> See http://www.openworm.org/
> http://www.openworm.org/get_involved.html
> Coder
> 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!
> Scientist
> 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!
> Writer
> 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!
> Artist
> 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
> together!
> WebMaster
> 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!
> Philanthropist
> 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
> science?
> 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
> you!
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