Dear galaxy developers--
I'd like to bring your attention to the call for participation included below
this message. A "Phylotastic" system is a distributed tree-of-life delivery
system composed of web services. Although it is not readily apparent from the
presentation linked below, the project includes some work on using Galaxy as a
framework for managing a phylotastic workflow. See the demos page
(http://phylotastic.org/demos.html) and the "Making Galaxy Phylotastic!"
screencast (http://youtu.be/kMME658xOu4 for more.
I would be happy to respond to questions about the project. Please consider
applying if you are excited by the project and think that you can contribute.
Phylogenies! Hacking! Tucson in January!
An implicit promise of the Tree of Life project is that, ultimately, expert
knowledge of species phylogeny will be accessible and usable by everybody. In
other words, we will all be able to get the species trees we need, in a useable
form, when we need them. The Phylotastic project aims to make that vision a
reality, by developing a loosely coupled system of components that, in response
to a user’s query (a list of taxa plus conditions), will rectify names, find
suitable source trees, prune and graft to get the right species, estimate
branch lengths, and return the results with metadata on sources and methods.
In June 2012, the HIP (Hackathons, Interoperability, Phylogenies) working group
of NESCent staged a hackathon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackathon) to
prototype components of a Phylotastic system, and implement demos to show their
potential. Thanks to 25 participants who responded to an open call (just like
this one), that hackathon was an extraordinary success (see
Now we are gearing up for a second hackathon, to take another step toward
providing computable, convenient, credible access to the Tree of Life. We aim
to recruit a diverse group of participants, including students, faculty,
postdocs, and staff of both genders and from different backgrounds. Only some
of the seats at the hackathon will be filled by expert hackers who spend their
time coding. We also need folks who can:
* Provide knowledge of workflows and downstream uses of trees
* Design user interfaces
* Test software
* Make screencasts, develop tutorials, and document user experiences
Applications are now being accepted to Phylotastic 2, which will take place
January 28th, 2013 to February 1st, 2013 at the BIO5 facility in warm and sunny
Tucson, AZ (http://bio5.arizona.edu/about-bio5). Information on how to apply is
provided below. Partial support (and, if funds allow, full support) for travel,
food and lodging will be available to each successful applicant who indicates
need. We particularly welcome applications from women and members of
To understand how you might be able to contribute, review the slideshow (ppt
format, http://bit.ly/RWRgIc, or PDF format, http://bit.ly/POaoci), consult the
web site (phylotastic.org) or contact a member of the HIP leadership team
the HIP (Hackathons, Interoperability and Phylogenies) Leadership Team
HOW TO APPLY
Before 16 November, 2012 at midnight, EST, fill out the online form here
http://tinyurl.com/PhyloTastic2. Note that:
* The application form asks you to describe how you can contribute to
Phylotastic. Remember that we are not just looking for expert coders. There are
many other ways to contribute.
* Support for travel, housing and meals will be available to each successful
applicant who indicates need.
* Please understand that your application is not a guarantee of participation
in the event. Funds and space are limited: we may not be able to sponsor every
individual who is qualified to participate.
Karen Cranston, karen.crans...@nescent.org
Brian Sidlauskas, brian.sidlaus...@oregonstate.edu
Arlin Stoltzfus, ar...@umd.edu
Mike Rosenberg mros...@asu.edu
Brian O’Meara, bome...@utk.edu
Mark Westneat mwestn...@fieldmuseum.org
Enrico Pontelli epont...@cs.nmsu.edu
Rutger Vos rutgera...@gmail.com
Naim Matasci nmata...@iplantcollaborative.org
Arlin Stoltzfus (ar...@umd.edu)
Fellow, IBBR; Adj. Assoc. Prof., UMCP; Research Biologist, NIST
IBBR, 9600 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, MD, 20850
tel: 240 314 6208; web: www.molevol.org
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