iEvoBio 2011 Synopsis

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We just wrapped up the 2011 iEvoBio meeting. It was awesome! If you didn’t go this year or last year, definitely think about going next year.

Here is a list of the cool projects that were discussed at the meeting (apologies if I left some out):
  1. Vistrails: workflow tool, awesome project by Claudio Silva
  2. Commplish: purpose is to use via API’s, not with the web UI
  3. Phylopic: a database of life-form silouhettes, including an API for remote access, sweet!
  4. Gloome
  5. MappingLife: awesome geographic/etc data visualization interace on the web
  6. SuiteSMA: visualizating multiple alignments
  7. treeBASE: R interface to treebase, by Carl Boettiger
  8. VertNet: database for vertebrate natural history collections
  9. RevBayes: revamp of MrBayes, with GUI, etc. 
  10. Phenoscape Knowledge Base
    • Peter Midford lightning talk: talked about matching taxonomic and genetic data
  11. BiSciCol: biological science collections tracker
  12. Ontogrator 
  13. TNRS: taxonomic name resolution service
  14. Barcode of Life data systems, and remote access
  15. Moorea Biocode Project
  16. Microbial LTER’s data
  17. BirdVis: interactive bird data visualization (Claudio Silva in collaboration with Cornell Lab of Ornithology)
  18. Crowdlabs: I think the site is down right now, another project by Claudio Silva
  19. Phycas: Bayesian phylogenetics, can you just call this from R?
  20. RIP MrBayes!!!! replaced by RevBayes (see 9 above)
  21. Slides of presentations will be at Slideshare (not all presentations up yet)          
  22. A birds of a feather group I was involved in proposed an idea (TOL-o-matic) like Phylomatic, but of broader scope, for easy access and submission of trees, and perhaps even social (think just pushing a ‘SHARE’ button within PAUP, RevBayes, or other phylogenetics software)! 

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