National Evolutionary Synthesis Center
List of projects accepted into National Evolutionary Synthesis Center
NESCent facilitates synthetic research on grand challenge questions in evolutionary biology and also works to address critical needs in software infrastructure and education through promoting open, collaborative development of interoperable and standards-supporting open-source software. The Center is located in Durham, North Carolina, is jointly operated by Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University, and receives its core funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). As part of our cyberinfrastructure program, NESCent has run five collaborative software source code and vocabulary development sprints aimed at improving interoperability in phyloinformatics, engaging developers of scientific software tools, promoting integration among online data resources, and sustaining the development of shared vocabularies. These events, and our past Summer of Code participation, continue to have significant and lasting impacts on the landscape of collaborative software development in our field. The Center is committed to FLOSS and sharing of scientific data (see for example the NESCent Data and Software Policy); all software products of the Center are released as open source and established as collaborative projects on sites such as SourceForge, Google Code, and GitHub. Members of the Center's Informatics team are lead developers in several open-source projects, and one of our Assistant Directors has been active for ten years on the Board of the Open Bioinformatics Foundation, the umbrella organization for the Bio* projects.