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Steps towards a Minimum Information About a Phylogenetic Analysis (MIAPA) Standard

Synopsis and Goal

Many phylogenetic analysis results are published in ways that present serious barriers to their reuse in numerous research applications that would stand to benefit from them. While some of these barriers are well understood, such as issues with adherence to standard exchange formats, those centering on the associated metadata necessary for researchers to evaluate or reuse a published phylogeny have only recently begun to be articulated. One of the critical next steps towards formalizing these metadata requirements as a minimum reporting standard is to convene meetings of key stakeholder communities with the goal to identify information attributes necessary and desirable for facilitating reuse, and to build consensus on their priority. To this end, we held a workshop at the 2011 TDWG Conference to determine how a future reporting standard for phylogenetic analyses can best serve biodiversity science and related research applications. We invited all interested colleagues to participate.

After initial informational talks, participants self-organized into clusters based on common interests.

Links and Resources


Related pages:

Relevant publications:

  • Leebens-Mack, Jim, Todd Vision, Eric Brenner, John E Bowers, Steven Cannon, Mark J Clement, Clifford W Cunningham, et al. 2006. €śTaking the first steps towards a standard for reporting on phylogenies: Minimum Information About a Phylogenetic Analysis (MIAPA). Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology 10: 231-7.
  • Taylor, Chris F, Dawn Field, Susanna-Assunta Sansone, Jan Aerts, Rolf Apweiler, Michael Ashburner, Catherine A Ball, et al. 2008. Promoting coherent minimum reporting guidelines for biological and biomedical investigations: the MIBBI project. Nature Biotechnology 26: 889-96.
  • Field, Dawn, and Susanna-Assunta Sansone. 2006. €śA Special Issue on Data Standards.€ť OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology 10: 84-93.
Other relevant publications may be found in the public MIAPA group on Mendeley. Please feel free to contribute papers there.


Venue: Bourbon Rm., Mezzanine 2

Monday, October 17, Opening session

Tuesday, October 18, work day (clusters will take breaks as needed)

  • 8:30 doors open for those who are skipping the plenary talk
  • 9:15 am Recap of hands-on activities planned for today
  • 9:30 Break out into 3 parallel subgroups, each creating a strawman MIAPA checklist
  • 10.45 Coffee break
  • 11.15 Report-outs from subgroups, reconciliation of checklist strawmen to identify core terms
  • 12.30 pm Lunch break
  • 2:00 Work session with the following subgroups:
    1. Scope and use-cases (leader: Susan Perkins)
    2. Community survey for MIAPA strawman attributes (leader: Hilmar Lapp)
  • 5:00 Reports from subgroups (5 min each), followed by discussion
  • 5:25 Wrap-up
  • 5:30 adjourn


Name Affiliation
Chuck Bell University of New Orleans
Nico Cellinese University of Florida
Karen Cranston National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent)
Tanya Dewey University of Michigan
Michael Donoghue Yale University
Dawn Field National Environment Research Council, Center for Ecology and Hydrology
Teodor Georgiev Pensoft Publishers
Rob Guralnick University of Colorado, Boulder
Hilmar Lapp National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent)
Donald Hobern Atlas of Living Australia
Jim Leebens-Mack University of Georgia
Maryam Panahiazar University of Georgia
Susan Perkins American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Bill Piel Yale Peabody Museum
Katja Schulz Smithsonian Institution
Tran Son New Mexico State University
Arlin Stoltzfus University of Maryland and National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Chris Taylor European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI)
Cam Webb Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University
MIAPA workshop group picture
Photo shows only participants during the first day. A few others joined on day 2.
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