The Evolution portion lasted Friday evening through Tuesday. iEvoBio (more computer science focused) overlapped Tuesday and then continued into Wednesday. It had already been a long week and I wasn't sure how much more information and ideas I could cram into my head. However, once things got started, I was so excited to be there! There are so many awesome projects going on and it was pretty amazing that they are all open source.
Some of my favorite ongoing projects (besides anything to do with TreeBASE hehe) :
- The Moorea Biocode Project (http://mooreabiocode.org/): Here they are trying to barcode every organism of the ecosystem for this tiny island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. And so far they are doing an awesome job at it! The database they have set up is amazing. For each specimen, they have pictures of it, georeferenced maps, and even links to any sequences associated with it.
- The Map of Life project (http://www.mappinglife.org/): This includes a plethora of resources regarding species distributions. It allows the user to search for a species, view its interactive range map, and then investigate information from other species data repositories and data from past surveys.
- The idea of sharing and re-using trees: Here is a nicely-written NaturePrecedings abstract http://precedings.nature.com/documents/6048/version/1 that describes the purpose and importance of this concept.
There were also many more, but I just wanted to highlight a few. Also at iEvoBio, I was able to personally meet one of my mentors, Bill Piel as well as other people involved in the TreeBASE project such as Hilmar and Karen. It was quite the week. After a good night's sleep I am ready to get back to work.