[tdwg] Final Call: Tree-for-All: A hackathon to access OpenTree’s global phylogeny resources

Julie Allen juliema at illinois.edu
Wed Jul 2 21:05:29 CEST 2014

A global “tree of life” will transform biological research in a broad range
of disciplines from ecology to bioengineering. To help facilitate that
transformation, the OpenTree <http://opentreeoflife.org/> project [1] now
provides online access to >4000 published phylogenies, and a newly
generated tree covering more than 2.5 million species.

The next step is to build tools to enable the community to use these
resources.  To meet this aim, OpenTree <http://www.opentreeoflife.org/>,
Arbor <http://www.arborworkflows.com/> [2] and NESCent’s HIP
<http://www.evoio.org/wiki/HIP> working groups [3] are staging a week-long
hackathon September 15 to 19 at U. Michigan, Ann Arbor.  Participants in
this “Tree-for-all” will work in small teams to develop tools that use
OpenTree’s web services to extract, annotate, or add data in ways useful to
the community.  Teams also may focus on testing, expanding and documenting
the web services.

How could a global phylogeny be useful in your research or teaching?  What
other data from OpenTree would be valuable?  How could OpenTree web
services be integrated into familiar workflows and analysis tools?   How
could we add to the database of published trees, or enrich it with

If you can imagine using these resources, and you have the skills to work
collaboratively to turn those ideas into products (as a coder, or working
side-by-side with coders), we invite you to apply for the hackathon.  The
full call for participation (http://bit.ly/1ioPPMc) provides instructions
for how to apply, and how to share your ideas with potential teammates
(strongly encouraged prior to applying).  Applications are due July 8th.
Travel support is provided.  Women and underrepresented minorities are
especially encouraged to apply.

If you have questions, contact Karen Cranston (karen.cranston at nescent.org,
@kcranstn, OpenTree), Arlin Stoltzfus (arlin at umd.edu, HIP), Julie Allen (
juliema at illinois.edu, HIP), or Luke Harmon (lukeh at uidaho.edu, Arbor).

[1] http://www.opentreeoflife.org

[2] http://www.arborworkflows.com/

[3] http://www.evoio.org/wiki/HIP (Hackathons, Interoperability,

Julie Allen
Postdoctoral Researcher
Illinois Natural History Survey
University of Illinois
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