Accessing OpenTree data

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ASSEMBLING, VISUALIZING, AND ANALYZING THE EVOLUTIONARY TREE OF LIFE

With the soft release of the v 1.0 of the Open Tree of Life (see Karen Cranston’s Evolution talk for details) we also have methods for accessing the data:

* a not-very-pretty but functional page to download the enture 2.5 million tip tree as newick
* API access to subtrees and source trees as well as taxon name services
* clone the github repository of all input trees

A few folks have started to think about ways to interact with the very large newick file, specifically extracting subtrees. Yan Wong posted a perl solution a few weeks ago:

http://yanwong.me/?page_id=1090

Michael Elliot has a C++ package called Gulo which seems to be very efficient (see comments on the post):

http://www.michaelelliot.net/blog/2013/11/09/the-fastest-possible-phylogenetic-deletion-with-phylogenies-of-spotty-animals/

Thrilled to see people working with the data! I note that, despite having APIs to return a subtree or a pruned subtree, downloading all of the data and working with it…

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