Archive for Phyloinformatics

Phyloinformatics Summer of Code is on for 2008

Posted in Open Source, Phyloinformatics, Summer of Code with tags , , , on March 30, 2008 by drycafe

GSoC Logo 2008After we participated in the Google Summer of Code™ program as a mentoring organization in 2007, we pulled together an application for this year, too — and we got accepted again! So the Phyloinformatics Summer of Code, as we are calling our program in reference to the emphasis on phyloinformatics, has been on for 2008 since March 17, when Google published the list of accepted organizations. The period during which students can apply opened on March 24, and was originally slated to end only one week later, on March 31.

The latest news is that Google may extend the application deadline for students by one week. We’ll hear the final decision on this early tomorrow morning (Pacific Time, obviously – so probably no news on this on the East Coast before noon). So if you are a student enrolled at a university in a graduate or undergraduate program, you are interested in evolutionary or comparative biology, and you have always wanted to get involved in a bioinformatics open-source software project or even possibly help found one, here is your chance for likely another week, and Google will even pay you a stipend.

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R-Phylo launches on the Ides of March

Posted in Open Source, Phylogenetics, Phyloinformatics with tags , , , , on March 18, 2008 by drycafe

R-Phylo LogoOn March 14, 2008, the website R-phylo.org and the Special Interest Group (SIG) mailing list R-sig-phylo launched. Or, more precisely, their existence was announced on several channels (EvolDirEcolog) hopefully reaching as many as possible of the community that we have created the site for: developers and users of phylogenetic and comparative methods in R. R is the open-source clone of S/S-plus, and a powerful statistics platform and programming language at the same time. As Samantha Price, a postdoc at NESCent and one of the driving forces behind the site, writes in the announcement:

The wiki currently contains information on analyses and packages available in R and provides step-by-step tutorials for those just getting started.  We strongly encourage new users, experienced users and developers to both use and modify this resource to create a thriving comparative methods in R community.       

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PhyloWS and BioSQL are my hackathon targets

Posted in Open Source, Phyloinformatics, Programmable Web with tags , , , , on February 12, 2008 by drycafe

After the cold rain and stinging wind yesterday this day in Tokyo presents itself most magnificent. The sky is blue, the wind is still cold but the air is clear and crisp, and, best of all, I am writing this post with snow-covered Mt. Fuji in clear sight from the 8th floor of the CBRC building in the Tokyo Bay Area.

The Open Space session on Monday and ensuing discussions resulted in two main targets for me to work on this week. Rutger Vos and Chris Zmasek are joining forces with me to define a basic Phyloinformatics Web-Services API, or PhyloWS in short (pronounced “phylowiz”). (You can also watch some of our ramblings on the PhyloWS workgroup page at the BioHackathon wiki.) 

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BioHackathon 2008 has started

Posted in Open Source, Phyloinformatics, Programmable Web with tags , , , , on February 11, 2008 by drycafe

After a long 14 hour flight (not counting the connecting flight, and the additional 90 minutes train ride to get to the hotel), passing over the vast, beautiful, snowy landscape of Nunavut, the Northwest Territory, and the breathtaking Alaska Range, including majestic Mt. McKinley, I arrived last night in Tokyo for the BioHackathon 2008.

BioHackathon 2008 logo

This event is a meeting of more than 60 programmers and service provider representatives from around the world to work on improving support for interoperability and web-services for the life sciences. Today we are on the 40th floor of Roppongi Hills, with an awesome sight on the dazzling sea of high-rises in Tokyo. As we learn later from Dr. Hideaki Sugawara, the Director of the CIB at DDBJ, today is also National Foundation Day, a public holiday celebrating the founding of the Japanese Nation.

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Remote tree reconstruction is (almost) here

Posted in Phyloinformatics, Programmable Web with tags , , , , , on January 27, 2008 by drycafe

This week the CIPRES project released a REST-based API for running optimized versions of some of the most powerful programs for phylogenetic tree reconstruction on the CIPRES compute cluster at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC). This lays the foundation for developing the same infrastructure for seamless remote execution of phylogenetic tree inference as is being widely used, for example, for BLAST-based sequence similarity searches run at the NCBI.

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