Arlin, this sounds great. There have been a few discussions on the
list over the last two weeks about Phylogenetic tools, it would be
great if the groups responsible could send representatives to the
hackathon to coordinate. My group would definitely like to send at
least one Galaxy core team member to participate. But if we can get
some more people from the Galaxy+Phylogenetics community we can get a
lot more done I'm sure!
-- jt

On Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 1:36 PM, Arlin Stoltzfus <> wrote:
> 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 ( and the "Making Galaxy
> Phylotastic!" screencast ( 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.  Regards,
> Arlin
> -----
> 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 (
> 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 ( 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 underrepresented groups.
> To understand how you might be able to contribute, review the slideshow (ppt
> format,, or PDF format,, consult
> the web site ( or contact a member of the HIP leadership
> team (listed below).
> Sincerely,
> the  HIP (Hackathons, Interoperability and Phylogenies) Leadership Team
> Before 16 November, 2012 at midnight, EST, fill out the online form here
> 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,
> Brian Sidlauskas,
> Arlin Stoltzfus,
> Mike Rosenberg
> Brian O’Meara,
> Mark Westneat
> Enrico Pontelli
> Rutger Vos
> Naim Matasci
> -------
> Arlin Stoltzfus (
> Fellow, IBBR; Adj. Assoc. Prof., UMCP; Research Biologist, NIST
> IBBR, 9600 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, MD, 20850
> tel: 240 314 6208; web:
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