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.
I have an opportunity to edit a new book in the series “Species and Systematics” (originally UC Press; now CRC Press). The draft outline is below, but is subject to change and expansion as deemed appropriate.
I am looking for suggestions, and for potential contributors (naturally, while reserving standard/common sense rights to kindly accept or decline). The book will to collect a number of strong, diverse chapters on various projects and directions in this still very young field. Lead authors of chapters will coordinate with co-authors as preferred. I also intend to give authors much freedom to do and say things they maybe could not express using different publication outlets (while keeping things fair and high-minded).
Another key issue is (of course) – who may have time and motivation to contribute an original and impactful chapter in the coming six months? Either way, I am open to suggestions, contact me on- or off-line.