Linking big: the continuing promise of evolutionary synthesis

Sidlauskas, Brian, Ganapathy, Ganeshkumar, Hazkani-Covo, Einat, Jenkins, Kristin P., Lapp, Hilmar, McCall, Lauren W., Price, Samantha, Scherle, Ryan, Spaeth, Paula A. and Kidd, David M. (2009) Linking big: the continuing promise of evolutionary synthesis. Evolution, 64(4), pp. 871-880. ISSN (print) 0014-3820

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Synthetic science promises an unparalleled ability to find new meaning in old data, extant results, or previously unconnected methods and concepts, but pursuing synthesis can be a difficult and risky endeavor. Our experience as biologists, informaticians, and educators at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center has affirmed that synthesis can yield major insights, but also revealed that technological hurdles, prevailing academic culture, and general confusion about the nature of synthesis can hamper its progress. By presenting our view of what synthesis is, why it will continue to drive progress in evolutionary biology, and how to remove barriers to its progress, we provide a map to a future in which all scientists can engage productively in synthetic research.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This work was supported by the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center [NSF #EF-0423641].
Uncontrolled Keywords: data sharing, education, informatics, interdisciplinary, ontology, scientific culture, visualization
Research Area: Computer science and informatics
Geography and environmental studies
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Science (until 2011) > School of Geography, Geology and Environment
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Depositing User: Maren Schroeder
Date Deposited: 07 May 2013 10:19
Last Modified: 07 May 2013 10:19

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