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Lost Branches on the Tree of Life

  • Bryan T. Drew mail,

    bdrew@ufl.edu

    Affiliation: University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States of America

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  • Romina Gazis,

    Affiliation: Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Patricia Cabezas,

    Affiliations: Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, United States of America, George Washington University, Washington, DC, United States of America

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  • Kristen S. Swithers,

    Affiliation: Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Jiabin Deng,

    Affiliation: University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States of America

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  • Roseana Rodriguez,

    Affiliation: University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States of America

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  • Laura A. Katz,

    Affiliation: Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Keith A. Crandall,

    Affiliation: George Washington University, Washington, DC, United States of America

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  • David S. Hibbett,

    Affiliation: Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Douglas E. Soltis

    Affiliations: University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States of America, Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, Florida, United States of America

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  • Published: September 03, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001636

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Why rely on enforcing behaviour?

Posted by rdmpage on 05 Sep 2013 at 09:33 GMT

I've posted a response to this paper on http://iphylo.blogspot.co.... In short, I think it is lazy to rely on enforcing data submission. Surely it would be ultimately more productive to create a resource that people would be falling over themselves to submit their trees and data too? Figure out what people need (e.g., ways to display trees, compute them more easily, get data checked, get credit for reuse of sequences, etc. and tackle those. The low levels of data submission to places like TreeBASE is surely telling us something about the quality of those resources, as much as about people's attitudes to sharing data.

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