Research infrastructures offer capacity to address scientific questions never attempted before: Are all taxa equal?

Christos Arvanitidis, Richard Warwick, Paul Somerfield, Christina Pavloudi, Evangelos Pafilis, Anastassis Oulas, Giorgos Chatzigeorgiou, Vasilis Gerovasileiou, Theodoros Patkos, Nicolas Bailly, Francisco Hernandez, Bart Vanhoorne, Leen Vandepitte, Ward Appeltans, Robert Adlard, Peter Adriaens, Ahn Kee-Jeong, Ahyong Shane, Akkari Nesrine, Gary AndersonAngel Martin, Claudia Arango, Tom Artois, Stephen Atkinson, Ruud Bank, Anthony Barber, Joao Barbosa, Ilse Bartsch, Denise Bellan-Santini, Jimmy Bernot, Annalisa Berta, Rüdiger Bieler, Magda Błażewicz, Phil Bock, Ruth Böttger-Schnack, Philippe Bouchet, Nicole Boury-Esnault, Geoff Boxshall, Christopher Boyko, Simone Nunes Brandão, Rod Bray, Niel Bruce, Stephen Cairns, Tania Campinas Bezerra, Paco Cárdenas, Benny KK Chan, Tin-Yam Chan, Lanna Cheng, Morgan Churchill, Laure Corbari, Ralf Cordeiro, Astrid Cornils, Keith Crandall, Thomas Cribb, Jean-Loup D'hondt, Meg Daly, Mikhail Daneliya, Jean-Claude Dauvin, Peter Davie, Claude De Broyer, Valentin De Mazancourt, Nicole De Voogd, Peter Decker, Danielle Defaye, Henk Dijkstra, Martin Dohrmann, Daryl Domning, Rachel Downey, Inna Drapun, Ursula Eisendle-Flöckner, Christine Ewers-Saucedo, Marien Faber, Diego Figueroa, Julian Finn, Gustavo Fonseca, Ewan Fordyce, William Foster, Hidetaka Furuya, Horia Galea, Oscar Garcia-Alvarez, Rade Garic, Rebeca Gasca, Santiago Gaviria-Melo, Sarah Gerken, David Gibson, João Gil, Arjan Gittenberger, Chris Glasby, Serge Gofas, Samuel Gómez-Noguera, David González-Solís, Dennis Gordon, Michal Grabowski, Cinzia Gravili, José Guerra-García, Roberto Guidetti, Katja Guilini, Kerry Hadfield, Ed Hendrycks, Bachiller Herrera, Ju-Shey Ho, Jens Høeg, Oleksandr Holovachov, Matthew Hooge, John Hooper, Tammy Horton, Lauren Hughes, Matús Hyžný, Luiz IF Moretti, Tohru Iseto, Viatcheslav Ivanenko, Gerhard Jarms, Damià Jaume, Krzysztof Jazdzewski, Ivana Karanovic, Young-Hyo Kim, Rachael King, Michelle Klautau, Jürgen Kolb, Alexey Kotov, Traudl Krapp-Schickel, Antonina Kremenetskaia, Reinhardt Kristensen, Andreas Kroh, Sven Kullander, Rafael La Perna, Sara LeCroy, Daniel Leduc, Rafael Lemaitre, Anne-Nina Lörz, Jim Lowry, Enrique Macpherson, Larry Madin, Tomasz Mamos, Renata Manconi, Bruce Marshall, David Marshall, Patrick Martin, Sandra McInnes, Jan Mees, Tõnu Meidla, Kelly Merrin, Dmitry Miljutin, Claudia Mills, Vadim Mokievsky, Tina Molodtsova, Rich Mooi, André Morandini, Rosana Moreira Da Rocha, Fabio Moretzsohn, Jonas Mortelmans, Jeanne Mortimer, Luigi Musco, Thomas Neubauer, Eike Neubert, Peter NG Neuhaus, Claus Nielsen, Jon Norenburg, Tim O'Hara, Hisayo Okahashi, Dennis Opresko, Masayuki Osawa, Yuzo Ota, Gustav Paulay, Vincent Perrier, William Perrin, Iorgu Petrescu, Bernard Picton, John F Pilger, Andrzej Pisera, Dan Polhemus, Gary Poore, James D Reimer, Hans Reip, Michael Reuscher, Pilar Rios Lopez, Marc Rius, Alexander Rzhavsky, José Saiz-Salinas, André F Sartori, Heinrich Schatz, Bernd Schierwater, Andreas Schmidt-Rhaesa, Simon Schneider, Christine Schönberg, André R Senna, Cristiana Serejo, Shabuddin Shaik Shaik, Shokoofeh Shamsi, Jyotsna Sharma, Noa Shenkar, Andrew Shinn, Jacek Sicinski, Volker Siegel, Petra Sierwald, Elizabeth Simmons, Frederic Sinniger, Duncan Sivell, Boris Sket, Harry Smit, Nicole Smol, Jesser F Souza-Filho, Jörg Spelda, Sérgio N Stampar, Eric Stienen, Pavel Stoev, Sabine Stöhr, Malin Strand, Eduardo Suárez-Morales, Mindi Summers, Billie J Swalla, Stefano Taiti, Masaatsu Tanaka, Anne H Tandberg, Danny Tang, Mark Tasker, Harry ten Hove, Jan J ter Poorten, Jim Thomas, Erik V Thuesen, Ben Thuy, Juan T Timi, Antonio Todaro​, Xavier Turon, Peter Uetz, Sergiy Utevsky, Jean Vacelet, Risto Väinölä, Sancia ET van der Meij, Ton van Haaren, Virág Venekey, Chris Vos, Genefor Walker-Smith, Chad T Walter, Les Watling, Matthew Wayland, Christopher Whipps, Gary Williams, Robin Wilson, Moriaki Yasuhara, Joana Zanol​, Wolfgang Zeidler

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Abstract

Research Infrastructures (RIs) are facilities, resources and services used by the scientific community to conduct research and foster innovation. LifeWatch ERIC has developed various virtual research environments, which include many virtual laboratories (vLabs) offering high computational capacity and comprehensive collaborative platforms that supporting the needs of digital biodiversity science. Over its 250 years of history, the taxonomic research community has developed a system for describing, classifying and naming taxa across multiple levels. For the marine biota, taxonomic information is organized and made publicly available through the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) that records more than 250,000 described valid species. Although scientists tend to assign an equal status (in terms of contribution to overall diversity) to each taxon used in taxonomy, biogeography, ecology and biodiversity, the question “are all taxa equal?” has never been tested at a global scale. We present evidence that this question can be addressed by applying relatedness indices (Taxonomic Distinctness) over the entire WoRMS metazoan tree. The RvLab, developed by the LifeWatchGreece RI, operating on a high-performance computer cluster, has been used to meet the high computational demands required for such an analysis at a global scale.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalPEERJ
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 07 Aug 2018
Event4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity - Palais des congrès, Montreal, Canada
Duration: 13 May 201816 May 2018
http://wcmb2018.org/index.html

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