Needs Analysis Workshop

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Linking Evolution to Genomics Using Phenotype Ontologies:
Needs Analysis Workshop

A workshop hosted by the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent).

Location and Date

Venue: National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) (directions, also see information for visitors)

Date: September 17-18, 2007

Organizers: Paula Mabee, Monte Westerfield, Todd Vision, and Hilmar Lapp


We are developing the first informatics system to integrate evolutionary, anatomical, developmental, and genetics data. Such a system will serve the community of developmental and evolutionary biologists by providing web-based access to integrated information.

This workshop engages scientists from the fields of morphology, developmental and evolutionary biology, genetics, and ichthyology to collaboratively develop, refine, and prioritize how the research community will be able to use this system. The goal of the workshop is to develop use-cases, or driving biological research questions that push the limits of knowledge in the developmental and evolutionary biology fields. These will in turn drive the development of the database and web-based interfaces.

The workshop will also provide a interesting opportunity to brainstorm about the informatics tools and data required to push beyond these limits, thus fostering new discoveries at the interface between evolution and developmental genetics.