Phyl-O’Data (POD) from Tree of Life: Integration Challenges from Yellow Slimy Things to Black Crunchy Stuff
The AToL (Assembling the Tree of Life) is a large-scale collaborative research effort sponsored by the National Science Foundation to reconstruct the evolutionary origins of all living things. Currently 31 projects involving 150+ PIs are underway generating novel data including studies of bacteria, microbial eukaryotes, vertebrates, flowering plants and many more. Modern large-scale data collection efforts require fundamental infrastructure support for archiving data, organizing data into structured information (e.g., data models and ontologies), and disseminating data to the broader community. Furthermore, distributed data collection efforts require coordination and integration of the heterogeneous data resources. In this talk, I first introduce the general background of the phylogenetic estimation problem followed by an introduction to the associated data modeling, data integration, and workflow challenges.
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