[Tdwg-phylo] symposium and workshop at TDWG 2013

Hilmar Lapp hlapp at nescent.org
Thu Oct 3 21:33:15 CEST 2013

If you haven't been aware yet, the Phylogenetics IG at TDWG, together with Rutger Vos (NCB Naturalis Museum, Leiden), will be holding a combined symposium and workshop with the title "Sharing and delivery of reusable phylogenetic knowledge".

The event aims to present and put to the test recent community progress towards effective sharing and reuse of expert phylogenetic knowledge, a key ingredient to addressing comparative research questions across biology. Even though many researchers would rather reuse a quality phylogeny than try to build it themselves, in practice it is difficult and often enough impossible to find suitable phylogenies, to evaluate their fitness for purpose, and to access them in a format suitable for analysis. To mitigate these obstacles, an interdisciplinary grassroots network has begun to develop solutions that include data standards, metadata ontologies, a decoupled architecture, and community-building hackathons. Aside from presenting the results of these efforts and showcasing diverse applications for phylogeny reuse, the event will allow participants to inform these efforts so they respond to biodiversity science needs. Finally, the event is designed to catalyze new collaborations by providing ample room for interactive demonstrations using participant-contributed research problems.

The event will take place in the morning of Thursday, Oct 31.


* Ross Mounce, University of Bath, UK: Sharing phylogenetic data: even more vital for morphological data
* Jonathan Rees, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), USA: Assembling a draft overall tree of life from phylogenetic trees and taxonomic databases
* Rutger Vos, NCB Museum Naturalis, Netherlands: PhyloTastic - names-based phyloinformatic data integration
* Saverio Vicario, Institute for Biomedical Technologies, Italy: Numerical tree representations and their application to MCMC phylogenetic inference, phylogenetic signal, and ... database query
* Alexandre Antonelli, University of Gothenburg, Sweden: SUPERSMART: Self-Updating Platform for Estimating Rates of Speciation and Migration, Ages and Relationships of Taxa
* Suzanna Lewis, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA: Quest for Orthologs: anchoring comparative biology research

Full details are on our IG wiki:

We hope to see as many of you there as possible.

	-Hilmar, Nico, and Rutger
: Hilmar Lapp  -:- Durham, NC -:- informatics.nescent.org :

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