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IDENTIFICATION

Start date : 2008/05/08
  • Beta start date : 2008/12/12
  • End date : Still open.
Subject

Description Fold It is a computer game enabling volonteers to contribute to biochemistry research by resolving proteins puzzles. The game is part of an experimental research project, and is developed by the University of Washington's Center for Game Science in collaboration with the UW Department of Biochemistry. Purpose Identify the structural configuration of natural proteins to study and understand proteins better. ? Research question "As described above, knowing the structure of a protein is key to understanding how it works and to targeting it with drugs. A small protein can consist of 100 amino acids, while some human proteins can be huge (1000 amino acids). The number of different ways even a small protein can fold is astronomical because there are so many degrees of freedom." from official project website

TEAM

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University of Washington

Project team page http://fold.it/portal/info/credits Leader: David Baker Institution: University of Washington's Center for Game Science Partner institutions: UW Department of Biochemistry, UW Center for Game Science, UW Department of Computer Science and Engineering Contact: Not explicitely listed http://fold.it/portal/feedback or https://twitter.com/foldit

USER TASKS

CONTRIBUTION TYPE: data analysis
PARTICIPATION TYPOLOGY: distributed intelligence


GAMING GENRE Puzzle
GAMING ELEMENTS: NONE

COMPUTING
THINKING
SENSING
GAMING

Tasks description

Interaction with objects

Interface

  • Data type to manipulate: 3D manipulation
  • interface enjoyment: somewhat cool/attractive
  • Interface usability:

GUIDANCE

GUIDANCE
  • Tutorial:
  • Peer to peer guidance:
  • Training sequence: Somewhat
FEEDBACK ON
  • Individual performance:
  • Collective performance:
  • Research progress: Somewhat

Feedback and guidance description

COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY TOOLS
  • Communication: website, blog, forum, wiki, other
  • Social Network: Twitter, Facebook
  • Member profiles:: minimal
  • Member profile elements: photo, personal interests, badges, activity metrics, other
NEWS & EVENTS

Community description

  • Community size (volounteers based) 6398
  • Role:
  • Interaction form: Blog Comments and Twitter
  • Has official community manager(s): maybe
  • Has team work yes
  • Other: Forum fairly active.
  • Community led additions:


Other information

1 PROJECT

Url:http://fold.it/portal/
Start date: 2008/05/08
End date: Still open


2 TEAM

Official team page:http://fold.it/portal/info/credits
Leader: David Baker
Institution: University of Washington's Center for Game Science
Partner institutions: UW Department of Biochemistry, UW Center for Game Science, UW Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Contact: http://fold.it/portal/feedback or https://twitter.com/foldit
Main location: University of Washington

3 PROJECT DEFINITION


3.1 Subject

Natural sciences > Biochemistry (biology/medicine/neuroscience)

3.2 Description

Fold It is a computer game enabling volonteers to contribute to biochemistry research by resolving proteins puzzles. The game is part of an experimental research project, and is developed by the University of Washington's Center for Game Science in collaboration with the UW Department of Biochemistry.

3.3 Purpose.

Identify the structural configuration of natural proteins to study and understand proteins better.

3.4 Research question.

"As described above, knowing the structure of a protein is key to understanding how it works and to targeting it with drugs. A small protein can consist of 100 amino acids, while some human proteins can be huge (1000 amino acids). The number of different ways even a small protein can fold is astronomical because there are so many degrees of freedom." from official project website

4 ABOUT PARTICIPANT TASKS


4.1 .

4.2 .

Grey typology Participation typology Contribution type:
Computing: NO Thinking: NO
Sensing: NO Gaming: YES
Crowdsourcing Distributed intelligence
Participatory science Extreme citizen science
Science outreach
Data collection
Data analysis
Data interpretation --------
Gaming
Genre: puzzle Gaming elements: achievements, score boards, challenges
Interface
Data type to manipulate: 3D manipulation interface enjoyment: somewhat cool/attractive
Interface usability:
Member profiles::minimal
Member profile elements: photo, personal interests, badges, activity metrics, other


5 ABOUT GUIDANCE AND FEEDBACK


Guidance Feedback on
Tutorial and documentation: YES
Training sequence: SOMEWHAT
Peer to peer guidance: YES
individual performance: YES
collective performance: YES
research progress: Somewhat

5.1 .

6 COMMUNITY


Tools News & Events

Communication: website, blog, forum, wiki, other
Social Network: Twitter, Facebook

Main news site: http://fold.it/portal/blog
Frequency of project news updates: weekly
Type of events: other
Frequency of events : 5

Community description

Community size (volounteers based): 6398
Role: Interaction form:Blog Comments and Twitter
Has official community manager(s): maybe
Has team work yes

Other information about community: Forum fairly active.
Community led additions:

7 OTHER PROJECT INFORMATION




Foldit main.png Yes [[has completion level::Medium]

http://fold.it/portal/info/credits Not explicitely listed University of Washington http://fold.it/portal/feedback or https://twitter.com/foldit 2008/12/12 Yes Biochemistry Natural sciences biology/medicine/neuroscience Identify the structural configuration of natural proteins to study and understand proteins better. "As described above, knowing the structure of a protein is key to understanding how it works and to targeting it with drugs. A small protein can consist of 100 amino acids, while some human proteins can be huge (1000 amino acids). The number of different ways even a small protein can fold is astronomical because there are so many degrees of freedom." from official project website International Fold It

data analysis

distributed intelligence 3D manipulation, other: Thinking: no Computing: no Sensing: no Gaming: yes achievements, score boards, challenges puzzle

somewhat cool/attractive

yes yes strong yes yes somewhat

minimal photo, personal interests, badges, activity metrics, other maybe website, blog, forum, wiki, other Twitter, Facebook other 5 http://fold.it/portal/blog 6398 weekly Forum fairly active.

Blog Comments and Twitter yes Twitter and mentions in popular science articles

Medium

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Bibliography

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Facts about "Fold It"
Developed withCitizen science custom software +
Has Haklay typology leveldistributed intelligence +
Has addressUniversity of Washington +
Has citizen science subject areabiology/medicine/neuroscience +
Has collective performance feedbackyes +
Has community awareness toolsTwitter and mentions in popular science articles +
Has community interaction formsBlog Comments and Twitter +
Has community managementForum fairly active. +
Has community managermaybe +
Has community toolsWebsite +, Blog +, Forum +, Wiki + and Other +
Has completion levelMedium +
Has contact personNot explicitely listed +
Has contact person URLhttp://fold.it/portal/feedback or https://twitter.com/foldit +
Has data types to manipulate3D manipulation +
Has event typesOther +
Has events frequency5 +
Has field of scienceBiochemistry +
Has gaming elementsachievements +, score boards + and challenges +
Has individual performance feedbackyes +
Has interface attractivitysomewhat cool/attractive +
Has location of activitiesInternational +
Has main institutionUniversity of Washington's Center for Game Science +
Has member profile elementsphoto +, personal interests +, badges +, activity metrics + and other +
Has member profilesminimal +
Has number of forum members6,398 +
Has participant contribution typedata analysis +
Has partner institutionsUW Department of Biochemistry +, UW Center for Game Science + and UW Department of Computer Science and Engineering +
Has peer to peer guidanceyes +
Has project access URLhttp://fold.it/portal/ +
Has project beta start dateDecember 12, 2008 +
Has project descriptionFold It is a computer game enabling volont
Fold It is a computer game enabling volonteers to contribute to biochemistry research by resolving proteins puzzles. The game is part of an experimental research project, and is developed by the University of Washington's Center for Game Science in collaboration with the UW Department of Biochemistry.
on with the UW Department of Biochemistry. +
Has project nameFold It +
Has project news sitehttp://fold.it/portal/blog +
Has project news updatesweekly +
Has project purposeIdentify the structural configuration of natural proteins to study and understand proteins better. +
Has project start dateMay 8, 2008 +
Has research progress feedbacksomewhat +
Has research question"As described above +, knowing the structure of a protein is key to understanding how it works and to targeting it with drugs. A small protein can consist of 100 amino acids + and while some human proteins can be huge (1000 amino acids). The number of different ways even a small protein can fold is astronomical because there are so many degrees of freedom." from official project website +
Has screenshotFoldit main.png +
Has social software sitesTwitter + and Facebook +
Has subject areaNatural sciences +
Has team leaderDavid Baker +
Has team linkhttp://fold.it/portal/info/credits +
Has team workyes +
Has training sequencestrong +
Has tutorials and documentationyes +
Has volonteer computingno +
Has volonteer gamingyes +
Has volonteer sensingno +
Has volonteer thinkingno +
Is gaming genrepuzzle +
Is opentrue +
Last editionDecember 20, 2013 +