They have carried many of the ideas that emerged from their synthesis meeting into the Phenotype RCN, which meets twice a year, and will be hosting two smaller meetings (Fall 2012, Spring 2013) styled after their BioSynC meeting.
Finally, they have also submitted several grants from the meeting: --NSF DBI -1147108 - "ABI Development: Leveraging Semantic Phenotypes to Transform Taxonomy" (declined, to be resubmitted September 2012) --NSF DEB -1146404 - "ARTS: Semantic, extensible, and broadly useful revision of Ceraphronoidea (Hymenoptera), a possible link between sawflies and apocritan wasps" (declined, resubmitted August 2012 as NSF DEB-7274173 - "ARTS: Species descriptions on the Semantic Web - revising Ceraphronoidea (Hymenoptera), a possible link between sawflies and apocritan wasps").
Global knowledge about the spatial distribution of species is orders of magnitude coarser in resolution than other geographically-structured environmental datasets such as topography or land cover. Yet such knowledge is crucial in deciphering ecological and evolutionary processes and in managing global change. In this review, we propose a conceptual and cyber-infrastructure framework for refining species distributional knowledge that is novel in its ability to mobilize and integrate diverse types of data such that their collective strengths overcome individual weaknesses. The ultimate aim is a public, online, quality-vetted ‘Map of Life’ that for every species integrates and visualizes available distributional knowledge, while also facilitating user feedback and dynamic biodiversity analyses. First milestones toward such an infrastructure have now been implemented.
Chacha Sikes has used her experience from the Evolutionary Tree Visualization synthesis meeting held in May, 2009 to develop and create several new hackathon projects.
Sikes founded a hackathon format for design, Iconathon.org, which is now run by the Noun Project. Sikes also advises on hackathons for cities and humanitarian events, and is planning one of the first environmental hackathons in the spring for the Bay Area. She is also part of a group that is creating a machine readable open list of fresh & perishable foods, open-food.org -- interactive interface prototype can be found here, and had a very successful presentation at SXSW about open food data.
She credits her shift from her science museum work to working more deeply with open source and governments & food data from her time in the Evolutionary Tree Visualization synthesis meeting.