Calls are going out currently to submit Symposium proposals for the XXV International Congress of Entomology (ICE 2016) in Orlando. Here is the summary for one such proposal led by Nico Franz and Katja Seltmann and intended for the category: Biodiversity, Biogeography and Conservation Biology. If you would like to contribute as potential speaker to this Symposium proposal, please contact Nico Franz (s0on).
Title: Building the Biodiversity Knowledge Graph for Insects – Components, Progress, Challenges.
Presentation Type: Combination Oral and Poster Presentations.
Last semester’s Weekly Discussion series dealt with Next Generation Sequencing technologies and related informatics challenges and advances. A review of what we read and discussed remains pending. Meanwhile we have selected a topic for the coming Spring 2014 semester:
Phenotype ontologies – origins, theory, applications, prospects, and challenges.
As usual we will place an emphasis on the utility of ontology-centered approaches for systematics – phylogenetics, taxonomy – in particular. The series starts off with a helpful paper that covers a lot of ground and is closely aligned with the OBO Foundry community.
Dahdul, W.M., J.G. Lundberg, P.E. Midford, J.P. Balhoff, H. Lapp, T.J. Vision, M.A. Haendel, M. Westerfield & P.M. Mabee. 2010. The teleost anatomy ontology: anatomical representation for the genomics age. Systematic Biology 59: 369-383. Available on-line here.
February, 2015. The first fleshed-out use case of reasoning over taxonomic concepts with the Euler/X toolkit is now published.
Franz, N.M., M. Chen, S. Yu, P. Kianmajd, S. Bowers & B. Ludäscher. 2015. Reasoning over taxonomic change: exploring alignments for the Perelleschus use case. PLoS ONE 10(2): e0118247. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0118247. Available on-line here.
An overview – initiated in early November, 2013 and regularly updated (throughout 2015) – of papers and presentations related to the taxonomic concept approach. Since the Fall/Winter of 2013 we have a working Python toolkit Euler/X (openly available on-line) that can read in two taxonomies (T1,T2), a set or articulations (A), and additional constraints (C). The toolkit then calls up Answer Set Programming reasoners to infer and visualize an alignment among the taxonomies that satisfies the constraints. A short video is posted here.
Euler/X merge of two Hominoidea classifications sec. Groves 1993/2005.
- See also the Euler Project website.
- Euler/X code is available here.
- David Thau et al.‘s work prior to Euler: listing and PDFs.
- Update February, 2014 (I): Analysis of the Andropogon use case.
- Update February, 2014 (II): Analysis of two weevil classifications.
- Update February, 2014 (III): Using the Euler/X toolkit to align taxonomies – introductory notes.
- Update March, 2014 (I): Alignment of two classifications of the Monotremata.
- Update April, 2014 (I): Perelleschus reasoning manuscript submitted to PLoS ONE. Abstract.
- Update April, 2014 (II): Progress in aligning the 1993/2005 Mammal Species of the World – Order Primates.
- Update May, 2014 (I): Names, identifications, and concepts (post related to GBIF Guidelines).
- Update June, 2014 (I): Perelleschus concept paper receives Outstanding Paper for 2013 Award.
- Update June, 2014 (II): We now have a completely aligned, consistent merge taxonomy for 317 x 483 concepts of Primates, sec. Groves (2003) and sec. Groves (2005), respectively. Manuscript in preparation.
- Update July, 2014 (I): TaPP 2014 – 6th USENIX Workshop on the Theory and Practice of Provenance – Poster by Chen et al.: Provenance for Explaining Taxonomy Alignments.
- Update July, 2014 (II): The new Euler/X server is set up at: http://euler.asu.edu/
- Update July, 2014 (III): Euler/X demonstration video.
- Update July, 2014 (IV): Zhang & Franz presentation on concept changes in the Heteroptera (5th Quadrennial Meeting of Heteropterists’ Society).
- Update August, 2014: Ludäscher et al. presentation at RuleML 2014.
- Update September,2014 (I): Revision – Franz et al. 2014. Reasoning over taxonomic change: exploring alignments for the Perelleschus use case. PLoS ONE. PDF
- Update September, 2014 (II): 2014 Colorado “The Meaning of Names” Conference Presentation – Explaining taxonomy’s legacy to computers.
- Update September, 2014 (III): Euler server is now functional (internally) at http://euler.asu.edu/, we are working on increasing accessibility to external users.
- Update, November, 2014 (I): Perelleschus reasoning paper at arXiv
- Update, November, 2014 (II): BIGCB 2014 Workshop presentation.
- Update, November, 2014 (III): Entomological Society of America presentation.
- Update, December, 2014 (I): Primate alignment manuscript at arXiv.
- Update, January, 2015 (I): Radford, Ahles & Bell 1968 translated as Euler/X input tree.
- Update, January, 2015 (II): Euler source is migrating to GitHub at https://github.com/EulerProject.