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Systematics Section

Aronowsky, Audrey [1], Westneat, Mark [1], Striley, Darolyn [1], Mahadevan, Kannan [1], Ree, Richard [2].

How the Encyclopedia of Life can accelerate your science: plant systematics, evolution, and tool development.

The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL), an open-access clearinghouse for information and content on biodiversity, aims to promote linking and interoperability of diverse datasets to accelerate biodiversity science. The EOL Biodiversity Synthesis Center (BioSynC) provides funding to facilitate scientific discovery in the systematics, evolution and conservation of major plant clades by hosting synthesis meetings for the EOL. These small, focused meetings bring together experts on particular scientific and public issues to encourage progress towards specific goals. Meeting topics are proposed by the international scientific community. Meetings focus on the formulation of novel scientific ideas, building new bridges among disciplines, and biodiversity informatics involving large data sets. In particular, synthesis meetings deal with timely issues in biodiversity or conservation research that have a direct relation to the Encyclopedia of Life or develop new ways of using the growing content of the EOL web-pages for scientific discovery. Of particular interest are megadiverse groups, novel research questions in biogeography, evolution, systematics, and taxonomy, visualization of large data sets, and study of biodiversity hotspots. Here we present the highlights of our first two years of synthesis meetings, including results from synthesis meetings on fungi and liverworts and a new application for compiling plant phylogenies (Phylografter).

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The EOL Biodiversity Synthesis Center
The Encyclopedia of Life

1 - The Field Museum, Biodiversity Synthesis Center, 1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL, 60605, USA
2 - Field Museum of Natural Hististory, Department of Botany, 1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Roosevelt Rd At Lake Shore, Chicago, Illinois, 60605-2496, USA

Encyclopedia of Life.

Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for BSA Sections
Session: P1
Location: Event Tent/Cliff Lodge
Date: Monday, July 27th, 2009
Time: 5:30 PM
Number: P1SP017
Abstract ID:355

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