The Organizers

Jodie Wiggins

University of Tennessee Knoxville


Luna L. Sanchez-Reyes

University of Tennessee Knoxville


Arlin Stolzfus

National Institute of Standards and Technology

The resources

The Encyclopedia of Life is a project that started in 2008 to compile information about living species from existing databases and contributions by experts and non-experts.

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is an international organization established in 1999 that focuses on making available scientific data on geographic species occurrences.

iNaturalist is an initiative that started in 2008 at the University of California, Berkeley. It is an online tool and social network to record, map and share biodiversity observations across the globe.

OneZoom is an organization from the UK that started in 2011 to develop an interactive online tool to visualize the evolutionary relationships of living organisms.

The OpenTree of Life project is a continuous collaborative that started in 2012, to develop an online tool to browse a phylogenetic tree of life assembled from published phylogenetic trees, representing now more than 2.5 million species.

The Paleobiology Database (PBDB) is a public resource of paleontological data, including distribution and classification of fossils, that started in 1998 and is contributed by almost 400 scientists from all over the world.

The Phylotastic project is a collaborative effort of researchers at NMSU, UTK, IBBR and UIUC that started in 2012 to make tree of like knowledge available on the fly.

The above resources are made freely available to access by their creators with the intention they be shared and used as part of an open science movement. Their use in the workshop does not necessarily indicate endorsement by their creators.

Code of Conduct

Modified (very slightly) from The Carpentries Code of Conduct and https://www.recurse.com/code-of-conduct

The From Earth’s History to Biodiversity: Tools for Teaching with Open Science Workshop 2019 (The Workshop hereafter) is dedicated to providing a welcoming and supportive environment for all people, regardless of background or identity. As such, we do not tolerate behaviors that are disrespectful to our presenters, organizers, or participants or that exclude, intimidate, or cause discomfort to others. The Workshop does not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on characteristics that include, but are not limited to, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, citizenship, nationality, ethnic or social origin, pregnancy, familial status, veteran status, genetic information, religion or belief (or lack thereof), membership of a national minority, property, age, education, socio-economic status, technical choices, and experience level. The Code of Conduct applies to all activities and spaces (The Workshop events hereafter) managed by or affiliated with The Workshop, including, but not limited to, in person workshops at the University of California Museum of Paleontology, email lists, and online communication and working forums such as GitHub, Slack, and Twitter. The Workshop hosts are expected to assist with the enforcement of the Code of Conduct.

Everyone who participates in any of The Workshop events regardless of platform (online or in-person) is required to abide by this Code of Conduct and accept the procedures by which any Code of Conduct incidents are resolved, which may include storage and processing of personal information.

Expected behavior

We are committed to creating a friendly and respectful place for learning, teaching and contributing. The Workshop is structured as a community-led event, and we value the involvement of everyone in the community. Participants in any of The Workshop events are expected to show respect and courtesy to others, and all interactions should be professional regardless of platform, either online or in-person.

For more information on social expectations that help in removing obstacles for learning go to the four social rules by the Recurse Center.

Unacceptable behavior

Examples of unacceptable behavior by participants at any of The Workshop events include:

  • Written or verbal comments which have the effect of excluding people on the basis of membership of any specific group
  • Causing someone to fear for their safety, such as through stalking, following, or intimidation
  • Violent threats or language directed against another person
  • The display of sexual or violent images
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Nonconsensual or unwelcome physical contact
  • Sustained disruption of talks, events or communications
  • Insults or put downs
  • Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or exclusionary jokes
  • Excessive swearing
  • Incitement to violence, suicide, or self-harm
  • Continuing to initiate interaction (including photography or recording) with someone after being asked to stop
  • Publication of private communication without consent

Consequences of Unacceptable behavior

If you believe someone is violating The Workshop Code of Conduct, we ask that you report it to any of The Workshop organizers.

If a participant engages in behavior that violates this Code of Conduct, The Workshop organizers may warn the offender, ask them to leave the event or platform, and/or investigate the Code of Conduct violation and impose appropriate sanctions.

Participants who are asked to stop any inappropriate behavior are expected to comply immediately. This applies to all of The Workshop events, either online or in-person.

Additionally: The Workshop is an NSF-funded workshop. If you would like to report harassment you were subjected to, have witnessed, or became aware of involving an NSF-funded program or activity, please contact the NSF Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) at programcomplaints@nsf.gov. If you do not receive an acknowledgement within 48 hours, please follow up to ensure ODI has received your communication. Find more information here: https://www.nsf.gov/od/odi/term_and_condition.jsp

This workshop is hosted by the Phylotastic project. Funds to support this work come from the US National Science Foundation (NSF) grants 1458572, 1453424, and 1458603