Synthesis Meeting Updates

August 24, 2011

BioSynC has hosted thirty-six synthesis meetings over the past three-and-a-half years with topics ranging from tree visualization, to early land plants, to hymenoptera ontologies. These meetings have promoted the synthesis of innovative scientific information and encouraged scientists and broader audiences to contribute to the knowledge-base of the Encyclopedia of Life.

Recent highlights from synthesis meeting include:

  • The June 2011 Cybertaxonomy meeting targeted both already published taxonomic literature and to-be-published taxonomic articles in order to extract taxonomic content (e.g., species descriptions and re-descriptions, diagnoses, and material examined) and automatically provide it to the EOL. Major accomplishments are the tighter integration of initiatives like Plazi, Pensoft Publisher and the EOL. Several journal editors attended the meeting that will now implement some of the cybertaxonomic tools developed primarily by Plazi and Pensoft in order to provide XML-based output of taxonomic content automatically to the EOL. For example, the largest zoological taxonomic journal Zootaxa, which has previously not provided any content to cybertaxonomic databases, will make relatively small adjustments to its publishing workflow that will generate content for the EOL in the future. A manuscript describing the visions for the publication of cybertaxonomic articles in diverse journals is currently being written by the participants.
  • Participants from the May 2010 Lichens synthesis meeting recently published a 127-page monograph in the journal Phytotaxa containing 100 new species of lichenized fungi. Content from the publication is being shared with EOL via the e-lichens data partnership established at the meeting.
  • Participants from the June 2008 Decapods synthesis meeting recently published a special supplement to the journal Raffles Bulletin of Zoology containing seven articles on decapod crustaceans. The supplement included important revisions, global checklists, and listing of all valid species for several infraorders. Data from the meeting participant publications are now being shared with EOL via WoRMS.

Visit the Synthesis Meeting News page for more updates from past meetings.

PaleoMap Synthesis Meeting

July 27, 2011

Funded by NSF, the purpose of the workshop was to discuss the creation of a dynamic internet resource that integrates paleogeographic mapping with online earth science databases. Such a comprehensive description of the plate tectonic, paleogeographic, paleoclimatic, and paleobiological development of the Earth is a fundamental requirement of any attempt to understand the evolution of earth systems and would be widely used by earth science educators at all levels and earth science researchers of nearly every persuasion.

Cybertaxonomy Synthesis Meeting

June 19, 2011

This meeting (May 31 - June 2) targeted both already published taxonomic literature (retrospective) and to-be-published taxonomic articles (proactive) in order to extract taxonomic content (e.g., species descriptions and re-descriptions, diagnoses, and material examined) and automatically provide it to the EOL. Major accomplishments are the tighter integration of initiatives like Plazi, Pensoft Publisher, (publisher of ZooKeys and PhytoKeys), and the EOL. Several journal editors attended the meeting that will now implement some of the cybertaxonomic tools developed primarily by Plazi and Pensoft in order to provide XML-based output of taxonomic content automatically to the EOL. For example, the largest zoological taxonomic journal Zootaxa, which has previously not provided any content to cybertaxonomic databases, will make relatively small adjustments to its publishing workflow that will generate lots of content for the EOL in the future. A manuscript describing our visions for the publication of cybertaxonomic articles in diverse journals is currently being written by the participants.

Life and Literature

June 1, 2011

Life and Literature is a two-day conference hosted by The Biodiversity Heritage Library and The Field Museum. The conference will convene librarians, biologists, computer scientists, publishers, students, and other stakeholders to set the agenda for biodiversity literature digitizing and its networked environment for the next four to five years. Join us November 14-15, 2011 for an exciting combination of plenary speakers, panelists, activities, and breakout sessions.

Focal topics include: Biologists and Biodiversity Literature Research, Informatics and the Public Record Publishers, Aggegators, and Authors: new models and access Learning and Education Building Collaborative Networks for Science and the Humanities.

To register and for more information please visit the Life and Literature website http://www.lifeandliterature.org/

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Life and Literature

FishToL Synthesis Meeting

May 29, 2011

This workshop (May 23-25) aimed to develop a large grafted megatree of all 880 fish families, both fossil and recent. Funded by an NSF Research Coordination Network grant to Guillermo Orti, workshop product will include phylogenetic trees and taxonomic web pages for EOL and ToLWeb for higher level fish taxonomic groups.

Crayfish Synthesis Meeting Publication

September 30, 2010

An article resulting from the June 2009 Freshwater species conservation: Assessing the status of North American crayfish synthesis meeting has been published in Southeastern Naturalist.

Adams, SB, Taylor CA, Lukhaup C. 2010. Crayfish Fauna of the Tennessee River Drainage in Mississippi, Including New State Species Records. Southeastern Naturalist. 9(3):521-528.

Early Land Plants Synthesis Meeting Publications

September 29, 2010

Three articles from the May 2009 Early Land Plants of the World synthesis meeting have been published in Phytotaxa .

Villarreal, JC, Cargill DC, Hagborg A, Soderstrom L, Renzaglia KS. 2010. A synthesis of hornwort diversity: patterns, causes, and future work. Phytotaxa. 9:150-166.

Von Konrat, M, Soderstrom L, Hagborg A. 2010. The Early land plants today project (ELPT): a community-driven effort and a new partnership with Phytotaxa. Phytotaxa. 9:11-21.

Von Konrat, M, Soderstrom L, Renner MAM, Hagborg A, Briscoe L, Engel JJ. 2010. Early land plants today (ELPT): how many liverwort species are there? Phytotaxa. 9:22-40.

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Early Land Plants of the World

Coral Synthesis Meeting Publication

September 28, 2010

An article from the June 2009 Systematics and evolution of scleractinian corals synthesis meeting has been published in Integrative and Comparative Biology.

Budd, AF, Romano SL, Smith ND, Barbeitos MS. 2010. Rethinking the Phylogeny of Scleractinian Corals: A Review of Morphological and Molecular Data. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 50(3):411-427.

Decapods Synthesis Meeting Publications

August 21, 2010

Two articles from the June 2008 Decapods synthesis meeting have been published in The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology.

Chan, TY. 2010. Annotated checklist of the world’s marine lobsters (Crustacea: Decapoda: Astacidea, Glypheidea, Achelata, Polychelida). The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology. Suppl. 23:153-181.

McLaughlin, PA, Boyko CB, Crandall KA, Komai T, Lemaitre R, Osawa M, Rahayu DL. 2010. Annotated checklist of anomuran decapod crustaceans of the world (exclusive of the Kiwaoidea, and families Chirostylidae and Galatheidae of the Galatheoidea): preamble and scope. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology . supp. 23:1-4

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Decapods

Decapods and the journal Raffles Bulletin of Zoology

August 20, 2010

Participants from the June 2008 Decapods synthesis meeting recently published a special supplement to the journal Raffles Bulletin of Zoology containing seven articles on decapod crustaceans. The supplement included important revisions and global checklists. Data from the meeting participant publications are now being shared with EOL via WoRMS.

Related Meeting: 
Decapods
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