Education and Outreach
When and how do we spread the word about evolutionary informatics? How do we catalyze progress? Scientific meetings often offer opportunities for symposia or tutorials. What funding agencies may support infrastructure development? Are there other organizations with which we should collaborate (e.g., European POSSUM data standard initiative).
Goals for the working group
At the first meeting (May 20-23, 2007), we chose some specific outreach tasks that focus on identifying partners and disseminating standards recommendations.
Should we move this information into other topic areas, e.g., the ontology-related partnering into the ontology page?
Task 1: Identify partners and stakeholder organizations for ontology development
Gather information and make contact with potential partners
- National Center for Biomedical Ontology (Hilmar)
- pPod - Bill Piel is aware of our efforts; Arlin invited Val Tannen to our next meeting
- NCBI (pop set), ask Lipman (Arlin)
- EBI/EnsEMBL group - Aaron is in contact with this group and they have been apprised of our efforts
- TreeBASE - several of us are in regular contact with Bill Piel; he is part of the ontology project from Enrico, Gopal and Arlin
- Adam Goldstein (the philosopher, not the disk jockey): see e.g. his blog
- PosSUM (european) data standard initiative
Task 2: Collect information on funding opportunities
- INTEROP: a new NSF Program Solicitation: Community-based Data Interoperability Networks
- NIH Data Ontologies for Biomedical Research (R01) Letters of Intent: December 18, 2007, submission January 18, 2008.
- NIH Collaborations with National Centers for Biomedical Computing (R01 and R21 deadlines: 17 May, 17 Jan); specific information on collaborating with NCBO
Task 3: Assess community interest in databasing alignments and trees
- Society and Journals of Interest:
- Sudhir's data might provide a place to start: find the top 6 journals that are publishing phylo analyses, and then contact the editorial boards of these.
- SSE (Society for the Study of Evolution): Published Evolution;
- SMBE (Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution): Publishes "Molecular Biology and Evolution";
- Journal of Molecular Evolution;
- Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution;
- ASN (American Society of Naturalist): Published American Naturalist;
- SSB (Society of Systematic Biologists): Publishes "Systematic Biology"
- Gather information, write wiki report of interest from journals (Weigang)
- The following message was sent to Dr Jessica Gurevitch, SSE executive vice president, who in turn forwarded it to the SSE president. Also to George Zhang (SMBE Secretary) and Bill Martin (MBE Editor). No response yet.
- Presentations at Google Summer of Code (Hilmar and Weigang)
- We presented results and goals of EvoInfo workgroup during the Google Summer of Code meeting in August. We made it clear that many of the GSoC projects were decided based on the outcome of the Hackthorn and 1st EvoInfo workgroup meeting. I think these presentations made am impact to the next generation of evoinfor students by exposing them to the main informatics challenges (it is not the lack of applications, but a lack of coordination and interoperability and reusability). Most students were not aware of the interoperability problem, and a quite a few wrote their own tree and NEXUS parsers and viewers. Many of them were new to Bio::Tree and Bio::NEXUS.
Note: see the Links page (SideBar) for more information on possible partners, funding sources, etc.
Some activities we know about
- a course at NESCent that arose out of the phylohackathon (need link)
- the Woods Hole molecular evolution course?
- comparative genomics course in Europe somewhere (can't remember)