[Tdwg-phylo] survey & report (publishing trees) - nearing release, need collaborators
arlin at umd.edu
Thu Feb 3 21:09:14 CET 2011
After months of effort by a dedicated few (Jamie Whitacre & I), we are
near to releasing a preliminary report on current best practices for
publishing phylogenetic trees (1), and a survey designed to complete
the report and assess user needs (2). The draft report is a product
of the TDWG phylogenetic standards interest group, while the survey is
from the MIAPA list participants.
Its a great time to be doing this. Ready or not, in the next few
years, the phylogenetics community is going to be forced (by journal
policies) to archive tens of thousands of trees. Ideally, we can use
this opportunity to catch a wave of interest in archiving, synthesis,
and integration, and leverage the power of this wave to gain funding
and to energize a community effort.
But, to be successful, this is going to require more of a team effort.
I'm excited about this project, but before I will commit to going
ahead with it, I need commitments from 6 people, each one willing to
dedicate 15 hours (over the next 6 weeks) to disseminate the survey,
analyze results, and follow up on feedback and queries. These 6
people will be authors on the final published report on best practices
for publishing a phylogenetic tree, and will have any other advantages
that accrue from being part of this effort.
Let me know if you want to be one of those people. Regards,
Arlin Stoltzfus (arlin at umd.edu)
Fellow, IBBR; Adj. Assoc. Prof., UMCP; Research Biologist, NIST
IBBR, 9600 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, MD
tel: 240 314 6208; web: www.molevol.org
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