Liberating Our  Beautiful Trees: A    Call to ArmsHilmar Lapp, Rob Guralnick, Mark Westneat          2012 iEvoBio Conferen...
How this started
Visuals captivate
The story ofevolution invisual form               Abby et al (2012) PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1116871109
The story ofevolution invisual form               Wiegmann B M et al. PNAS 2011;108:5690-5695
Illustrated phylogenies hard to find
And unfit for  reuse.               ?       ? ?
Limited impact tracking   and credit accrual• Citation at present only through the published  scholarly article.• What if ...
Impact should be measurable
“But creating treeillustrations isn’t science.”• Perhaps doing it poorly indeed isn’t.• Conveying scientific conclusions an...
If you build it, why will      they come?• Most (all?) technologies we need exist already:  • Online archives with citatio...
What’s in it for me?• Allow richer tracking of the various  impacts of your scholarship.• A reusable tree illustration cou...
A Strawman Proposal:  Steps we can take now• Deposit illustration  figure in FigShare.• Use SVG format and SVG  editor (e.g...
Article, Figure 2: “Phylogenetic trees      constructed from the Adh, amd and      Ddc partitions.”Stensmyr MC, Stieber R,...
Metadata conventions
Metadata conventions,   “machine tags”
SVG to improve reusability       and collaboration• Vector graphics scale  to varying sizes• Text based, hence  well-suite...
Social “coding” of phylogenies
“Forking” a phylogenetic illustration
Interested?• Sign up for “Liberating phylogenetic  illustrations” Birds-of-a-Feather.• Blog about it - raise awareness.• C...
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Lightning talk I gave at the 2012 iEvoBio conference in Ottawa, Canada. The abstract is can be found here:

http://ievobio.org/ocs2/index.php/ievobio/2012/paper/view/39/26

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  • Liberating Our Beautiful Trees: A Call to Arms.

    1. 1. Liberating Our Beautiful Trees: A Call to ArmsHilmar Lapp, Rob Guralnick, Mark Westneat 2012 iEvoBio Conference Ottawa, Canada
    2. 2. How this started
    3. 3. Visuals captivate
    4. 4. The story ofevolution invisual form Abby et al (2012) PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1116871109
    5. 5. The story ofevolution invisual form Wiegmann B M et al. PNAS 2011;108:5690-5695
    6. 6. Illustrated phylogenies hard to find
    7. 7. And unfit for reuse. ? ? ?
    8. 8. Limited impact tracking and credit accrual• Citation at present only through the published scholarly article.• What if • there are multiple illustrations in the article? • there isn’t a published article? • the creator of the illustration isn’t the main author of the article (or not even a co- author)?
    9. 9. Impact should be measurable
    10. 10. “But creating treeillustrations isn’t science.”• Perhaps doing it poorly indeed isn’t.• Conveying scientific conclusions and hypotheses surely is part of science.• And (re)using phylogeny illustrations for broader impacts surely is, too.• Imagine to aggregate these over the Tree of Life and see non-randomness.
    11. 11. If you build it, why will they come?• Most (all?) technologies we need exist already: • Online archives with citation-trackable identifiers: FigShare, Dryad • Formats that allow collaboration, change tracking, modularity: SVG • Social, distributed version control repositories: Github, Bitbucket, etc• Missing piece is building, proofing, and promoting best practices, using existing infrastructure.
    12. 12. What’s in it for me?• Allow richer tracking of the various impacts of your scholarship.• A reusable tree illustration could garner more citations for the paper.• Starting from an existing illustration may be much faster than from scratch.• Fame. (Think “Tree Image of the Year”)
    13. 13. A Strawman Proposal: Steps we can take now• Deposit illustration figure in FigShare.• Use SVG format and SVG editor (e.g., Inkscape) for the image.• Maintain the SVG source on Github.
    14. 14. Article, Figure 2: “Phylogenetic trees constructed from the Adh, amd and Ddc partitions.”Stensmyr MC, Stieber R, Hansson BS(2008) The Cayman Crab Fly Revisited —Phylogeny and Biology of Drosophilaendobranchia. PLoS ONE 3(4): e1942
    15. 15. Metadata conventions
    16. 16. Metadata conventions, “machine tags”
    17. 17. SVG to improve reusability and collaboration• Vector graphics scale to varying sizes• Text based, hence well-suited for version control• Interactivity and animation features• Extensible, could create convention for embedding phylogeny
    18. 18. Social “coding” of phylogenies
    19. 19. “Forking” a phylogenetic illustration
    20. 20. Interested?• Sign up for “Liberating phylogenetic illustrations” Birds-of-a-Feather.• Blog about it - raise awareness.• Consider depositing tree illustrations in FigShare (or Dryad).• Consider a reusable format for figures of trees, and put them on Github.

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