At the end of February, Mark Westneat and I attended the fifth Phenotype Research Coordination Network meeting at Biosphere 2
in beautiful Oracle, AZ on behalf of the FuturePhy project. The program included a mix of impactful talks, breakout sessions, and panels about our shared interest in data integration. As an ontology
and bioinformatics newbie, this was such an exciting, inviting, and successful opportunity to learn about cutting-edge phenotypic data integration tools and emerging technologies. Furthermore, it was also an excellent follow-up to the inaugural FuturePhy workshop that was held the weekend before in Gainesville, FL that focused on clade-based tree-data integration. Networks were formed, interdisciplinary collaborations ignited, and decisive plans to tackle the huge undertaking of making phenotypic data more useable and sustainable by the biodiversity and phylogenetics communities at large were sparked. Although this was the final Phenotype RCN meeting, I look forward to seeing (and being involved with) how these objectives are fleshed out in the years to come. You can click here to learn more about the 2016 Phenotype RCN
Do any of you in the FuturePhy community use ontologies in your work? Would you like to learn how to do so? Please let us know in the comment section below and be sure to make a note of it on the “interests” section of your member page.
- Biosphere 2
- data integration
- Phenotype RCN
- semantic reasoning