Write For Data Sharing Essay Competition

The DNA Digest Write for Data Sharing competition.

The DNA Digest Write for Data Sharing competition is open send your entries to competitions@dnadigest.org

DNA digest is excited to launch our first essay competition.  We are looking for entries of 800 words in answer to one of our questions in the theme of data sharing in research. The winner will receive a £200 cash prize and finalists will have their work published on the DNA digest website, as well as honourable mentions.

The judging panel includes Dr Adam Harman-Clarke from Geneix, Dauda Bappa Project Manager from StoreGene and Amy Marquis curator at the Fitzwilliam museum who will be looking for articles with the best written style, insight of content and the societal relevance of the writing.

The competition is open to everyone. Overall it’s a great opportunity for anyone interested in science to gain experience and publicity in communicating to the public and have your work published online.

Prize: £200

Entries accepted from 24th of February to 9:00 am on the 10th of March, winner announced 13th of March.

Choose from any of these questions:

1) What is the current state of data sharing in 2014 and how can we encourage best practices for ethical and efficient data sharing?

At DNA digest we are passionate about the ethical sharing of data. We believe that open genomic data is vital for the advancement of the field. Ultimately, increased access to data benefits researchers and patients alike. But there are privacy and security issues with this. Where does the data come from, who owns it, and who should get to use it? We want you to explore this theme.

2) Describe a time in your research when data sharing had a positive impact or when lack of data sharing had a negative impact on your research.

Limited access to data impedes research. Science, particularly genomics, is a fast moving field yet we believe it is held up all too often by a lack of data sharing. We want to hear about your experiences relating to data sharing and open data access.

3) Describe a time when data sharing has had a negative impact on your research? 

DNA digest promotes data sharing. But everything has pros and cons. We would like to know about the cons of data sharing to advance the debates and discussions surrounding data sharing. Is increasing access to data universally a good thing? Are there examples of data sharing being a hinderance rather than a help?

4) How do you imagine the future of data sharing in healthcare or research?

Each day more and more data is collated. This data could have huge effects for healthcare and research if properly used. But will this knowledge be harnessed and used to its biggest advantage?

We welcome all entries whether you are a first time writer or a literary guru, whether you specialise in science or not. However, an active interest in advancing genetic discoveries and open data may be an advantage. We are looking for essays written in a popular science style so feel free to include references but they are not necessary. Equally we welcome the use of pictures and illustrations integrated in the text.

Email your entries to competitions@dnadigest.org with the subject: Data Sharing Competitions.  We are open for entries from Monday the 24th of February to 9:00am on the 9th of March 2014.

If you have any questions please free to contact us on: competitions@dnadigest.org, and we will answer it ASAP.

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We look forward to reading your essays and wish you luck!

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The DNA Digest Write for Data Sharing Terms & Conditions:

Entry into the competition:

1. The DNA Digest Sharing competitions (the “Competition”,”essay competition”) is open to everyone around the world. To enter the Competition, you must write an essay of 800 words (+/- 10%) excluding titles and (optional) referencing.

2. You should submit your essay via email: competitions@dnadigest.org and specify your essay title.

3. If you have any questions about how to enter or otherwise in connection with the Competition, please email us at info@dnadigest.org with “essay competition” in the subject line.

4. One entry per question per person, we look forward to your entries!

5. The competition opens on 24th of February 2014 and closes at 9:00 am on the 9th of March 2014. Entries received outside this time period will not be considered. We reserve the right to extend the closing date for a reasonable period of time where an insufficient number of the entries received have satisfied the entry and judging criteria.

6. By submitting an entry to the Competition, you give DNA Digest:

a. Permission for your submission to be published on DNA Digest websites and on any social media account controlled by DNA Digest (including but not limited to Facebook and Twitter accounts) and you agree to allow DNAdigest to make it available for reproduction for the public on non-commercial purposes, if credit is given.

b. The right to use your name and country of residence for the sole purpose of identifying you as a winner or honorable mentions of the Competition.

7. Your Submission must be your own work, must not be copied however we appreciate there maybe very similar entries.

8. Entrants into the Competition shall be deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions.

9. We may disqualify your Competition entry for the following reasons: your entry does not comply with these Terms and Conditions; you are not eligible to enter the Competition; or you cannot be contacted. In the event of disqualification(s), we will select winner(s) in accordance with the selection processes outlined below.

Choosing the winners:

1. The Competition is not open to employees or agencies of DNA Digest its group companies or their family members or anyone else connected with the planning or judging of the Competition.

2. Entries will be shortlisted by DNA digest’s in-house team, a selection of entries will then forwarded to the judges who will choose one winning entry for the Competition, and a number of honorable mentions.

3. When choosing the overall winner for a prize of £200, the judges will be looking for the best response to the question with the best written style, insight of content and the societal relevance of the writing.

4. The judges’ decision of who the winner is will be made on 12th March 2014. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.