Current Standards

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Overview

Analysis of current needs

(what do we have now? what is missing? what challenges are coming up?) Address

  • NEXUS
  • MEGA
  • PHYLIP
  • others
  • interconversion
  • upward conversion

In spite of being a de facto standard, NEXUS (Maddison, et al., 1997) is poorly supported by software, with many inconsistent or incomplete implementations. To support NEXUS means providing users and developers the tools to read, write, and validate files, and to search, edit, store and visualize the contents of a file. Proper support would allow for lateral transfer of data with other file formats, and an upward conversion path to the next standard. For more information, see the Supporting NEXUS documentation from NESCent's recent phyloinformatics hack-a-thon.

Goals for the working group

(specific goals for this topic)

Strategy for achieving goal

(be sure to include specific deliverables or milestones)