Missouri Botanical Garden Open Conference Systems, TDWG 2014 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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Synthesizing phylogenetic and taxonomic data into a comprehensive tree of life
Karen Cranston

Building: Elmia Congress Centre, Jönköping
Room: Rum 10
Date: 2014-10-30 11:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Last modified: 2014-10-14


The Open Tree of Life project is synthesizing published evolutionary trees and taxonomic hierarchies into a online, comprehensive and dynamic tree of life. In addition to the technical challenges of large-scale evolutionary synthesis, there are numerous social challenges relating to data publication, data licensing and synthesis of published knowledge into community resources. I report on the release of version 2.0 of the tree of life in terms of completeness, coverage and conflict, particularly the large gap between our phylogenetic knowledge and the fraction of that knowledge that is digitally available for synthesis. The OpenTree curation tools allow for collaborative annotation of phylogenetic data, and novel database types enable synthesis and analysis. All OpenTree software is open source, and all data available through APIs and direct download.