[Tdwg-phylo] Birds-of-a-Feather gatherings for Conference on Informatics for Phylogenetics, Evolution, and Biodiversity (iEvoBio)

Hilmar Lapp hlapp at nescent.org
Sat Jun 11 00:28:15 CEST 2011

In anticipation of the 2011 conference on Informatics for  
Phylogenetics, Evolution, and Biodiversity (iEvoBio), we solicit all  
attendees to propose and discuss Birds-of-a-Feather gatherings. See  
below for details.

Birds-of-a-Feather gatherings (BoFs) are informal, ad-hoc, focused  
face-to-face discussion groups that form around a shared interest.  
BoFs can also take the form of a hands-on software tutorial on using a  
tool, or on programming an API. BoFs have a leader (usually, but not  
necessarily, the proposer) who initiates or moderates the discussion.  
The topics of BoFs can range widely, including general cultural or  
computational infrastructure issues, or narrower questions such as how  
to make the best use of a particular software tool or how to solve a  
particular computational challenge.

Anyone willing to lead such a group can propose a BoF. iEvoBio will  
provide space that can accommodate up to 8-10 BoFs. Sign-up sheets  
will be provided on-site on the first day of the conference where  
attendees can propose a BoF or sign up for one proposed by someone  
else. BoFs will be about 1-1.5 hours in duration and take place in the  
afternoon of the second day of the conference.

In line with their informal nature, there is no official prior call  
for or submission of BoFs. However, we encourage those intending to  
propose one to sound out or rally potential attendees ahead of time.  
We suggest to employ Twitter (http://twitter.com) for this, using the  
#ievobioBof tag to mark BoF proposals and comments. Similarly, users  
interested in seeing a hands-on tutorial BoF about their favorite tool  
are encouraged to use similar means to give tool developers a sense of  
the community interest in a tutorial BoF, and what common usage (or  
programming) questions are.

Birds-of-a-Feather gatherings are only 1 of 5 kinds of contributed  
content that iEvoBio will feature. The other 4 are: 1) Full talks  
(closed), 2) Lightning talks, 3) Challenge entries, and 4) Software  
Bazaar entries. All Calls except for Full Talks remain open (see http://ievobio.org/ocs/index.php/ievobio/2011/) 

More details about the program and guidelines for contributing content  
are available at http://ievobio.org.  You can also find continuous  
updates on the conference's Twitter feed at http://twitter.com/iEvoBio.

iEvoBio is sponsored by the US National Evolutionary Synthesis Center  
(NESCent) in partnership with the Society for the Study of Evolution  
(SSE) and the Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB). Additional  
support has been provided by the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL).

The iEvoBio 2011 Organizing Committee:
Rob Guralnick (University of Colorado at Boulder) (Co-chair)
Cynthia Parr (Encyclopedia of Life) (Co-chair)
Dawn Field (UK National Environmental Research Center)
Mark Holder (University of Kansas)
Hilmar Lapp (NESCent)
Rod Page (University of Glasgow)

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