Register

Bring your perspectives on how to "Describe Life" to the 5th annual event on TaxonWorks, its community, and the broader world of biodiversity informatics.

What

Our 5th TaxonWorks Together, 21-23 May 2024. Join us for 3 days of activities centered around building the TaxonWorks community within the broader context of biodiversity informatics around the world, highlighting what's new, changed, and on the horizon. Activities range from highly guided, to un-conference style, with informational (demos, new features, participant presentations) and conversational (e.g. round-table, Q & A) opportunities mixed throughout. As always, we invite new audiences to join us to gather insights for tailoring future directions, our topics will range from those involving TaxonWorks directly (how can we improve) to grand-challenges facing or collective communities (e.g. data quality, semantics and standards, sustaining communities, agency).

Expect lots of opportunities to ask questions, meet others, and to contribute the conversation, your feedback and contributions will make a difference.

When

7 - 9th May 2024

  • See Schedule.
  • Here already? Please add your event idea for TWTogether 2024 (click "New Issue").
  • Can't wait to participate? If you want to share a longer perspective at TWT 2024 on the role of taxon pages or how the process of taxonomic circumscription might evolve propose it to us! See Contact us.
  • Now! Plan your 3-minutes 1 slide presentation. Each day an open session where you can emphasize what's important to your biodiversity informatics world, whether TaxonWorks related or not.

How

All sessions virtual (Zoom) and free to attend. Registration is required. Space may be limited.

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Register - (Required)

Take the first step and register for free with your email which sends you your Zoom link.

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Participate

Post ideas, requests, questions for our event sessions.

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3 Minutes 1 Slide

If you would like to present your insights or ideas on a given topic about TaxonWorks let us know we'll add you to the list

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Notes

Group notes doc for TaxonWorks Together 2024

Do more

01
Learn about TaxonWorks

New to TaxonWorks? Learn about TaxonWorks features and functions via the TaxonWorks YouTube videos and visit the online documentation.

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Get a TaxonWorks account

Discover TaxonWorks in a sandbox now. It's ready-to-use, no software installation needed, Request sandbox account.

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Get a GitHub account

Not required, but recommended. A GitHub account will help you better participate in many aspects of the community and help you get recognition for the work and expertise you contribute.

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Install it

If you are software developer and you want to hack TaxonWorks itself, please start reading install_taxonworks. You Don't Need To Install TW locally to use it. (See number 2 above).

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Experiment

Got data in TaxonWorks already? Looking to experiment to see what your TaxonPages will look like? Try installing this software "locally" (on your computer) to find out. (You will need to install Node on your machine, and git, there’s a link in the above instructions). You can also "see" other sites, if their API is open, look here: https://sandcastle.taxonworks.org/api/v1.

Who

Taxonomists, students, ecologists, curators, collection managers, software developers, biodiversity information scientists, para-taxonomists. If you have questions about TaxonWorks this is a great time to ask them. If you have a vision to share, this is the place. Whether you are very familiar with TaxonWorks or new to our community, all are welcome.

Speakers

All of You
All of YouYou, the participants, joining us to learn and bringing your tacit knowledge and experiences to share

Schedule

All events will have question / answer / discussion time.

May 7th - In practice - Our Current TaxonWorks Adopters with an Eye on the Future

Time expressed in your local timezone (UTC)
13:15

Logistics

  • Deborah Paul, Geoff Ower
13:30

Welcome and Overview

  • Matt Yoder, Deborah Paul

Learn about what topics we will cover at TWT2024 and about opportunities for you to contribute and perhaps be one of our inaugural winners of our first annual TaxonWorks Awards.

13:45

The Latest from TaxonWorks and the Species File Group

Find out what's new and what we're thinking about

14:30

Our New and Experienced TaxonWorks Adopters Share Their Experiences

Hear directly from those adopting and helping to develop TaxonWorks. Get insights from the nuances and culture change perspectives they share.

  • Samanta OrellanaGenerating an Illustrated Catalog of Anthribidae (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea) with TaxonWorks and TaxonPages
  • Paul BrockMoving Our Phasmida Species File Data to TaxonWorks and TaxonPages
  • Brian FisherAnt Web and TaxonWorks and Open Source Software
  • Davide Dal PosGetting Wasp Data In and Out of TaxonWorks
15:30

☕ BREAK

15:45

From Plazi to TaxonWorks

  • Deborah Paul, James Woolley, Donat Agosti

We plan to share our experiment to use Plazi treament files to get new taxon names into TaxonWorks. Plazi will give us their perspective on what we did and ideas for future collaboration and what they plan to work on in the coming years. New to Plazi? See this treatment https://treatment.plazi.org/GgServer/summary/FFA0AE675753FFF9FFC5FFF1FFA9530C for an example of how Plazi gets data out of publications into a format we can take advantage of for uploading to our database(s) via files or the Plazi API.

16:30

Growing Taxonomic Communities

  • Maria Marta Cigliano, Davide Dal Pos, James Woolley, Dmitry Dmitriev, You

A Panel (including you, the participants) discussing the realities of what it means to build a sustainable, flexible, engaged community. Panelists using TaxonWorks in their communities share their experiences and you get to share yours too. Questions up for discussion include: How / why are our software adopters building community, for example, moving away from one-person-does-it-all. What is proving to be key (or still challenging) in getting folks to adopt new processes / standards-of-practice? What tools, products, and resources do you envision we need going forward? What should we do next? When we're caught up with nomenclature, or hit a specific milestone, what steps will catalyze future growth for our communities?

17:15

Break

18:30

Your TaxonWorks Adventure Begins (Demos and Tours)

Choose your own TaxonWorks Adventure and explore the possibilities and learn together. Unconference-style, you, the participants choose what you would like to see and we set off on various paths to illuminate some of the features and functions of TaxonWorks.

20:00

End

May 8th - Data Quality, Semantics, Agency (Yours)

Time expressed in your local timezone (UTC)
13:15

Logistics

  • Deborah Paul, Geoff Ower
13:30

Welcome and Overview

  • Matt Yoder, Deborah Paul
13:40

A Data Quality Round Table Conversation

  • Markus Doering (GBIF), Paleo Data Working Group (PDWG), Robert Mesibov, Deborah Paul, Cat Chapman (iDigBio), Matt Yoder, You

From data quality (e. g. completeness, consistency, compliance), to data management, expect an in-depth congenial local-to-global conversation. From the data aggregator, to the working group, the researcher, the collection / data manager, and the data analyst, what do we each experience, what do we dream of? How is data-quality an outcome of processes? Looking for alignment opportunities.

14:40

A Look Inside One’s (TaxonWorks) Data

  • Deborah Paul, You

What’s in those buckets anyway in your database fields? How do you know where to find issues? When and how do you find snafus and how do you fix them? We explore the promise of the new Project vocab task in TaxonWorks. What are your processes and needs for doing this work to enhance and extend your data? How has the evolution of TaxonWorks illuminated outstanding data-quality challenges and what does it offer to make it eas(ier) to address them?

15:00

Balancing Global Agency and Local Precision. Roundtrip your feedback.

  • David Shorthouse

We learn how a feedbackURL term, if added to Darwin Core, could help give all of us more agency to both discover and fix noted issues in our published datasets. Find out what's in it for you - why round-tripping matters.

15:20

Managing (and Growing) a Community of Code

  • Maarten Trekels, Matt Yoder

Guest panelist Maarten Trekels, Biodiversity Data Scientist and Project Coordinator for Meise Botanic Garden in Belgium, joins us to highlight the opportunities, expectations, and nuances involved in Open Source software development. At TaxonWorks, as an Open Source community, we aspire to enable users and developers (of course, some folks fall into both classes) equally. Learn more and add your insights for what it's like to manage code, pull requests, and people who are touching said code and repos from different directions and levels of proficiency and engagement.

15:45

☕ BREAK

16:00

Managing Natural History Collections in TaxonWorks: Perspectives, Tips, and Highlights of New Digization Workflows.

  • Tommy McElrath

An opportunity to hear from and talk to those actively managing their scientific collections in TaxonWorks, share tips on what does/not work for you, and get a refresh on some of the new tools that have emerged since the last TWT.

16:30

Your Turn, 3 Minutes 1 Slide

Inspired by something you thought of or heard? Want to share your thoughts, ideas, processes? All at TWT2024 can share. Let us know and we will add you to the program.

16:45

Open Conversation, Review, and Sneak Peek for Tomorrow (Awards!)

  • All of us
17:15

End

May 9th - Everyone can develop, contributing to and using community-centric open-source endeavours

Time expressed in your local timezone (UTC)
13:15

Logistics

  • Deborah Paul, Geoff Ower
13:30

Welcome and Overview

  • Matt Yoder
13:40

TaxonWorks - A developer-focused conversation on present and future milestones, architecture, and community contributing

  • Matt Yoder, You
14:10

Show and Tell - Wrapping biodiversity-serving APIs in R, Ruby, and Python

  • Geoff Ower, Deborah Paul, Dmitry Mozzherin

A bevy of new wrappers from the Species File Group, from GlobalNames to Bionomia, and a discussion of what you currently use. How can wrappers change your workflows?

14:40

☕ BREAK

15:00

Vision: Integrating the TaxonWorks Experience Into a Taxonomy Course

  • Elspeth Haston, Matt Yoder, Deborah Paul

Guest panelist Elspeth Haston, Deputy Herbarium Curator, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, joins us to share her ideas for integrating TaxonWorks as a resource and experience for students taking taxonomy courses. With us, you'll have the opportunity to share your insights for how this might work. This fits directly into our TW vision and mission to include the community in the building of tools that support taxonomy and offer features and functions as needed by those doing the work.

15:20

Your Turn, 3 Minutes 1 Slide

Inspired by something you thought of or heard? Want to share your thoughts, ideas, processes? All at TWT2024 can share. Let us know and we will add you to the program.

15:35

SFG Business Meeting

Your window into the future for the SFG group, the products we produce, and the collaborations and opportunities you bring with you to the SFG table. First annual TaxonWorks awards.

16:35

End

Contact

Send email to dlpaulillinoisedu or chat (Matrix/Element or Slack, both rooms are linked) with a member of the Species File Group.