Announcements

September 21, 2017

Prokaryotic Nomenclature Search

Back by popular demand, we have re-implemented our Prokaryotic Nomenclature Search. We plan to make some additional improvements to the search, so if you have any feature suggestions or encounter any issues, please contact our support team.

September 13, 2017

NamesforLife web site re-designed

As you may have noticed, we have re-designed our web site. We will be making a few minor changes here and there over the next month or so as we refresh our content. Our services have been merged into a single platform, so please update your bookmarks if needed and feel free to contact us if you have any trouble finding things. If you are looking for old web site, it will continue to be available for a few months at www-old.namesforlife.com.

September 10, 2017

Basel Life Innovation Forums 2017 —Innovating MedComms
Congress Center, Basel, Switzerland September 10, 2017—September 13, 2017

George Garrity will be presenting during two sessions at the Innovating MedComms panel. Check here after the event to download the presentations.

June 28, 2017

Korean Society for Microbiology & Biotechnology —KMB 2017 44th Annual Meeting & International Symposium
BEXCO, Busan, South Korea June 28, 2017—June 30, 2017

George Garrity will be delivering the opening lecture, “Some Thoughts and Observations on ‘Taxon Calling’” at this year’s KMB meeting. The lecture will be Wednesday June 28th from 12:30—1:10pm at APEC Hall.

June 6, 2017

East Lansing company awarded its third US Patent
East Lansing, Michigan June 6, 2017—June 6, 2017

NamesforLife, LLC has been awarded U.S. Patent Grant No. US 9,672,293 for Systems and Methods for Automatically Identifying and Linking Names in Digital Resources. This expands the company’s IP portfolio to 5 granted US patents, including two patents exclusively licensed from Michigan State University.

June 6, 2017

Systems and Methods for Automatically Identifying and Linking Names in Digital Resources

The present invention provides systems and methods for automatically identifying name-like-strings in digital resources, matching these name-like-string against a set of names held in an expertly curated database, and for those name-like-strings found in said database, enhancing the content by associating additional matter with the name, wherein said matter includes information about the names that is held within said database and pointers to other digital resources which include the same name and it synonyms.

May 31, 2017

Society for Scholarly Publishing 39th Annual Meeting —Striking a Balance: Embracing Change While Preserving Tradition in Scholarly Communications
Westin Boston Waterfront, Boston, Massachusetts May 31, 2017—June 2, 2017

NamesforLife has a booth at the SSP 2017 annual meeting this year. Please stop by our booth for product demonstrations.

May 23, 2017

East Lansing company awarded its second US Patent
East Lansing, Michigan May 23, 2017—May 23, 2017

NamesforLife, LLC has been awarded U.S. Patent Grant No. US 9,659,145 for classification of nucleotide sequences by latent semantic analysis. This expands the company’s IP portfolio to 4 granted US patents, including two patents exclusively licensed from Michigan State University.

May 23, 2017

Classification of Nucleotide Sequences by Latent Semantic Analysis

DNA sequences are analyzed using latent semantic analysis. A set of nucleotide sequences is received in which the set has a first number of sequences. A set of basis vectors is determined, in which the set has a second number of basis vectors, the second number being smaller than the first number. Each basis vector represents a specific combination of predetermined nucleotide segments. For each of the nucleotide sequences, an approximate representation of the nucleotide sequence is determined based on a combination of the basis vectors. For each pair of nucleotide sequences, a distance between the pair of nucleotide sequences is determined according the distance between the approximate representation of the pair of nucleotide sequences. The set of nucleotide sequences are classified based on the distances between the pairs of nucleotide sequences.

April 12, 2017

London Book Fair 2016
Olympia, London, England, United Kingdom April 12, 2016—April 14, 2016

NamesforLife will be attending the London Book Fair this year. Although we are not presenting this year, we have demonstrations available for our upcoming reviewer services.

March 8, 2017

London Book Fair 2017 —Advancing Editorial Productivity with NamesforLife Production Workflow Solutions
Olympia, London, England, United Kingdom March 14, 2017—March 16, 2017

NamesforLife has a booth at the London Book Fair this year. Please stop by Stand 3B36 for product demonstrations and join George Garrity at the Tech Theater on Tuesday March 14th at 12:15pm for a seminar on how our tools are being used by early adopters to improve editorial efficiency. The presentation will be posted here after the seminar.

November 29, 2016

Defense Innovation Summit 2016 —Autonomous Systems
Austin, Texas November 29, 2016—December 1, 2016

Knowledge Extraction from Mixed-Precision Information

June 1, 2015

Compatibility issue with N4L::Guide Firefox Add-on and Firefox 38.0

There is a known compatibility issue with the N4L::Guide Firefox Add-on that affects the bookmarks toolbar and other features in Firefox 38.0. We are working to address this issue and will deploy a fix as soon as possible.

May 1, 2015

17th Workshop of the Genomic Standards Consortium (GSC17) —Standards for the Microbial Dark Matter (uncultured microbial life)
Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute, Walnut Creek, California May 4, 2015—May 6, 2015

April 30, 2015

Patent Users Information Group Annual Conference and USPTO-EPC CPC Annual Meeting —From Search Strategy to Business Strategy: Domestic and International Practices, Styles, and Viewpoints
Westin Lobard Yorktown Center, Lombard, Illinois May 1, 2015—May 7, 2015

NamesforLife is attending the USPTO-EPO CPC Annual Meeting with Industry Users on May 1st, as well as the PIUG Annual Conference from May 2-7.

December 2, 2014

East Lansing company awarded its first US Patent
East Lansing, Michigan December 2, 2014—December 2, 2014

NamesforLife, LLC has been awarded U.S. Patent Grant No. US 8,903,825 for Semiotic Indexing of Digital Resources. This expands the company’s IP portfolio to 3 granted US patents, including two patents exclusively licensed from Michigan State University.

December 2, 2014

Semiotic Indexing of Digital Resources

A method of classifying a plurality of documents. The method includes steps of providing a first set of classification terms and a second set of classification terms, the second set of classification terms being different from the first set of classification terms; generating a first frequency array of a number of occurrences of each term from the first set of classification terms in each document; generating a second frequency array of a number of occurrences of each term from the second set of classification terms in each document; generating a first similarity matrix from the first frequency array; generating a second similarity matrix from the second frequency array; determining an entrywise combination of the first similarity matrix and the second similarity matrix; and clustering the plurality of documents based on the result of the entrywise combination.

January 16, 2014

Mathematical, Statistical and Computational Aspects of the New Science of Metagenomics —Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge
Cambridge, England, United Kingdom March 24, 2014—March 28, 2014

George Garrity presents "Reasonable names and reasonable terms for Bacteria and Archaea".

October 15, 2013

Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology —RAFT X: Recent Advances in Fermentation Technology
Marco Island, Florida November 3, 2013—November 6, 2013

George Garrity and Charles Parker will be presenting posters ("Global commercialization trends of microbial products and processes" and "A semantic index of phenotypic and genotypic data") at the RAFT X conference. The posters will also be available to attendees on the RAFT-X meeting site.

October 7, 2013

BioCreative IV Challenge and Workshop —BioCreative: Critical Assessment of Information Extraction in Biology
Bethesda, Maryland October 7, 2013—October 9, 2013

George Garrity presented an overview of the text mining approaches employed by NamesforLife during the DOE Panel on October 8th, 2013.

February 24, 2013

Genomic Science 2013 —Contractors-Grantees Meeting XI
Bethesda, Maryland February 24, 2013—February 27, 2013

January 23, 2013

NamesforLife Phenotypic Ontology —Argonne National Laboratory
Chicago, Illinois January 23, 2013—January 23, 2013

Dr. George Garrity presents NamesforLife’s progress toward a phenotypic ontology for bacteria and archaea.

December 30, 2012

A potential semantic service layer for DOI RAs —International DOI Foundation Board Meeting
Oxford, England, United Kingdom December 1, 2012—December 1, 2012

December 29, 2012

Phenotypic Dark Matter —Danish Technical University
Lyngby, Denmark December 1, 2012—December 1, 2012

December 27, 2012

DOIs, Kbase and NamesforLife —Webinar
Germantown, Maryland December 1, 2012—December 1, 2012

June 7, 2012

NamesforLife Licenses Semantic Enhancement Technology from Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan June 7, 2012—June 7, 2012

NamesforLife, LLC has completed an agreement with Michigan State University to exclusively license two key patents for terminology management and data classification, U.S. Patent Grant No. US 7,925,444 and U.S. Patent Grant No. US 8,036,997. Michigan State University announced today that it has entered into an exclusive license agreement with NamesforLife, LLC for a novel, patented technology that enhances a reader’s ability to locate, retrieve, and understand complex technical information in a digital environment. Until now, when readers came across a technical term on the Web whose definition wasn’t exactly clear, they would have to look it up elsewhere, by visiting a search engine on another page. NamesforLife has changed that. The Company’s technology delivers expertly maintained information about the term and inserts it automatically into the page. The technology was developed to solve an age-old problem. As a scientific field advances, technical terms, like the names of organisms and chemicals, change rapidly. In some cases, the vocabularies can change daily. This constant change creates uncertainty about the meaning of scientific papers and other electronic resources. Scientists, lawmakers, and businesspeople need to take that uncertainty into account when searching technical literature, or they risk making decisions based on incomplete or out-dated information. Failure to account for this uncertainty has consequences ranging from unnecessary duplication of effort and expense to situations that could endanger public health and safety. Unlike any other service, NamesforLife secures the meaning of technical terms, wherever they occur, by binding them permanently to a monitoring service that records change in meaning. This technology brings the knowledge of subject experts to end-users, through their web browser, at their point of need. Once the binding is established using this technology, the reader need only click on the term to obtain information about current and prior usage, along with a wealth of related information, in an interface under their control. According to George Garrity, a professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Michigan State University and Company Co-founder, “NamesforLife utilizes the power of semantic web concepts to understand and analyze technical literature in the face of dynamically changing terminologies and complex subject matter in biology, chemistry and a host of other fields.” NamesforLife co-founder Catherine Lyons explains, “This patented technology ensures that information about current usage can be found even when multiple terms are in parallel use. NamesforLife’s conceptual precision also supports highly targeted micromarketing. In the past online publishers have relied on overgeneralized advertising. But this new technology supports targeted matching of vendor communities to niche markets. According to Richard Chylla, Executive Director of MSU Technologies, “We are extremely excited about the NamesforLife technology and the positive impact it will have on solving a difficult problem facing the scientific community and Internet users at large.” The NamesforLife solution serves as the foundation for N4L Services, developed by the Company in partnership with the Society for General Microbiology (Reading, UK), Inera (Belmont, MA), and the International DOI Foundation (Washington, DC, & Oxford, UK) to incorporate professionally edited and self-updating information directly into scientific papers, data feeds, and other documents. N4L Services locate scientific names or technical terms in a document and then use persistent identification to bind the names or terms permanently to the NamesforLife terminology monitoring service. Because of the unique way the patented technology works, even when a name or term has changed in meaning, NamesforLife ensures that it remains bound to up-to-date information. The Company has chosen the Digital Object Identifier System (DOI System) for its persistent identification technology, because it provides ISO-compliant, professional content management. NamesforLife offers services for authors and editors, publishers, service providers, and readers. Its tools integrate seamlessly into users’ routine workflows and into existing software like word processors and web browsers. NamesforLife also offers expertly edited bacteriological data as well as custom indexing and abstracting services for large document collections and data curation services. Additional licensing opportunities are available. The company is also partnering with IFI CLAIMS Patent Services/Fairview Research (Madison, CT and Barcelona, Spain) to use a novel search method called Semiotic Fingerprinting for patent searching. About the Company NamesforLife, LLC is a Michigan based company, located in the East Lansing Technology Innovation Center. Development of the Company’s technology was underwritten by three STTR grants from the US Department of Energy through the Office of Biological and Environmental Research and awards from the Michigan Universities Commercialization Initiative, and the Business Accelerator Fund and the Michigan Emerging Technology Fund which are administered by the Michigan Small Business Development Center. NamesforLife is a general member of the International Digital Object Identifier Foundation and employs ISO Standard DOIs in its products. For additional information about the company please visit namesforlife.com.

April 3, 2012

Inera News —Inera releases the eXtyles NamesforLife Linking module

The eXtyles NamesforLife (N4L) Linking module is now available (see Inera Press Release). N4L Linking automatically identifies biological names in Word documents (currently, validly published names of Bacteria and Archaea at all ranks, from domain to subspecies, as well as names for which a published genome exists; other terminologies are in the works) and provides DOI-based links to the N4L service.

February 24, 2012

Genomic Science 2012 —Contractors-Grantees Meeting
Bethesda, Maryland February 26, 2012—February 29, 2012

November 7, 2011

eXtyles User Group Meeting
Boston, Massachusetts November 11, 2011—November 11, 2011

Dr. George Garrity will be presenting a case study of NamesforLife at the 2011 XUG Meeting. This case study will discuss integration of NamesforLife’s DOI-based semantic resolution services with eXtyles. The NamesforLife tool is designed to provide editors and authors with direct access to expertly maintained information about biological names and other dynamic terminologies as a part of the editorial process, to automatically resolve any instances of ambiguity, and to embed DOIs directly into XML instances so that readers have direct access to rich contextual information associated with each name, without having to leave the article they are reading.

November 2, 2011

City of East Lansing Recognizes NamesforLife

The East Lansing City Council held a special presentation on November 1st and approved a resolution celebrating the graduation of the first Technology Innovation Center (TIC) tenants. On November 2nd, the City of East Lansing hosted an event at the TIC, presenting signed copies of the resolution to graduating companies, including NamesforLife.

October 17, 2011

SyMBIOTA: Synergy in Microbiota Research —Workshop II: Methods to Study the Human Microbiome
University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada October 17, 2011—October 18, 2011

Dr. George M. Garrity will be presenting the keynote lecture, "Distorted Realities", during the Bioinformatics session on Monday at 9:15am.

October 11, 2011

A new US Patent issues for Michigan State University spinoff
East Lansing, Michigan October 11, 2011—October 11, 2011

U.S. Patent Grant No. 8,036,997 has issued, covering a method for data classification using self-organizing, self-correcting heatmaps. NamesforLife, LCC holds a worldwide exclusive license to the patent.

October 11, 2011

Methods for data classification

The present invention provides methods for classifying data and uncovering and correcting annotation errors. In particular, the present invention provides a self-organizing, self-correcting algorithm for use in classifying data. Additionally, the present invention provides a method for classifying biological taxa.

September 10, 2011

NamesforLife founder is awarded the van Niel International Prize

The Senate of The University of Queensland, on the recommendation of a panel of experts of the International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes, is pleased to present the van Niel International Prize for Studies in Bacterial Systematics for the triennium 2009-2011 to Professor George M. Garrity in recognition of his contribution made to the field of bacterial systematics. The award, established in 1986 by Professor V. B. D. Skerman of The University of Queensland, honours the contribution of scholarship in the field of microbiology by Professor Cornelis Bernardus van Niel.

September 10, 2011

The van Niel International Prize for Studies in Bacterial Systematics, awarded by The University of Queensland Awarded in 2011 to George M. Garrity

The Senate of The University of Queensland, on the recommendation of a panel of experts of the International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes, is pleased to present the van Niel International Prize for Studies in Bacterial Systematics for the triennium 2009-2011 to Professor George M. Garrity in recognition of his contribution made to the field of bacterial systematics. The award, established in 1986 by Professor V. B. D. Skerman of The University of Queensland, honours the contribution of scholarship in the field of microbiology by Professor Cornelis Bernardus van Niel.

September 6, 2011

IUMS Bacteriology and Applied Microbiology Congress —The Unlimited World of Microbes
Sapporo, Japan September 6, 2011—September 10, 2011

Dr. George M. Garrity will be presenting Plenary Lecture 4 for this conference on September 7th.

June 22, 2011

Intellogist article on NamesforLife

Kristin Whitman from Landon IP has published an article about how NamesforLife adds value to your searches, from the perspective of the patent community.

May 21, 2011

The NamesforLife Abstracts

The NamesforLife Abstracts are now available, replacing our earlier Monographs on Bacteria and Archaea. These are citable micropublications containing up-to-date information about all validly published names under the Prokaryotic Code of Nomenclature. Each abstract can be accessed via a Digital Object Identifier, which resolves to the NamesforLife Anchor for that object. If you are logged in with your NamesforLife account, you can view the full abstract. You can search for specific bacteria or archaea using the sidebar on this page, or you can start browsing the complete taxonomy using the links to the Archaea or Bacteria here. We will continue to refine the content in the coming months. Please let us know what you think.

May 1, 2011

PIUG 2011 Annual Conference —Best Practices Beyond Free-text: The Value of Indexing and Classification when Searching and Analyzing Patents
Cincinnati, Ohio May 21, 2011—May 26, 2011

George M. Garrity will be presenting a lecture on applying NamesforLife semiotic analysis to Fairview’s Alexandria database during the Tuesday morning session (Indexing Patent Literature Using Semiotic Fingerprints).

April 12, 2011

Patent issues for Michigan State University spinoff
East Lansing, Michigan April 12, 2011—April 12, 2011

U.S. Patent Grant No. 7,925,444 has issued, covering systems and methods for resolving ambiguity in Named Entities using a semiotic approach over persistent identifiers. NamesforLife, LCC holds a worldwide exclusive license to the patent.

April 12, 2011

Systems and methods for resolving ambiguity between names and entities

The present invention provides systems and methods that utilize an information architecture for disambiguating scientific names and other classification labels and the entities to which those names are applied, as well as a means of accessing data on those entities in a networked environment using persistent, unique identifiers.

March 20, 2011

Standards in Genomic Sciences adopts NamesforLife Services

The journal Standards in Genomic Sciences is now enhanced with N4L::Guide content, which provides on-demand taxonomic and nomenclatural data for prokaryotic taxa.

February 8, 2011

Microbial Earth

The first version of Microbial Earth is now available.

February 1, 2011

BioSystematics 2011
Berlin, Germany February 21, 2011—February 27, 2011

Charles Parker will be presenting a poster and demonstrating the N4L system at the software bazaar. George Garrity will be presenting during the evening session on April 13th.

October 1, 2010

PIUG 2010 Northeast Conference
New Brunswick, New Jersey October 11, 2010—October 15, 2010

NamesforLife will be attending the Patent Users Information Group Northeast conference.

October 1, 2010

Biocuration 2010 —The Conference of the International Society for Biocuration
Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan October 11, 2010—October 14, 2010

Moving towards an Extensible and Interoperable System for Naming.

May 20, 2010

DOI News

NamesforLife has a mention in the May 2010 DOI News. See “DOI-based Tool for Taxonomy”.

May 1, 2010

ASM 2010 —American Society for Microbiology 110th General Meeting
San Diego, California May 23, 2010—May 27, 2010

NamesforLife will be attending the ASM 2010 Meeting. Stop by the Society for General Microbiology booth for a demonstration of N4L::Guide and grab a brochure. We are excited to show our new work.

March 22, 2010

Society for General Microbiology Spring 2010 Meeting
Edinburgh, UK March 29, 2010—April 1, 2010

NamesforLife will have a booth at the SGM Spring 2010 meeting.

February 13, 2010

Microbiology Today

NamesforLife has a full page write-up in Microbiology Today.

February 1, 2010

Genomic Science 2010 —Awardee Workshop VIII and USDA-DOE Knowledgebase Workshop
Crystal City, Virginia February 7, 2010—February 10, 2010

NamesforLife Semantic Resolution Services for the Life Sciences

January 1, 2010

Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship 2010
Ann Arbor, Michigan January 20, 2010—January 20, 2010

NamesforLife will have a booth at ACE’10: The Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

December 28, 2009

Introducing N4L::Guide

This NamesforLife Firefox Add-on brings expertise from the database into the browser. At present, the list of validly published names of Bacteria and Archaea changes roughly fifteen times each week. Invalid and trivial names appear in the literature and public databases at a rate that if more than three fold higher. While a small number of experts diligently work to keep pace with these changes the rest of the scientific, medical, and allied communities are left on their own to make sense of a never-ending onslaught of names. While all agree that using the correct name is essential for accurate communication, but what name is it? What was it? If a name changed, why did it change? What does this mean to you as you read the literature? Do you interrupt your reading to check on the taxonomic state of play. Do you break what you are doing and look up related information or do it later? Are you sure that your knowledge is current? Keeping up with this could be a full-time job. There is a solution to this problem. NamesforLife, in partnership with the SGM and the International Committee on the Systematics of Prokaryotes, has been working to extract all of the relevant information from the taxonomic literature for Bacteria and Archaea. This information is then served up, along with rich annotation, for any text that is readable in a web browser (starting with Firefox, but expanding to other browsers in the near future), on-demand. Never again will a reader have to feel ill-informed about the status or meaning of a name. The NamesforLife philosophy is that online annotation services must be sufficiently authoritative and persistent that other systems can rely on them rather than attempting to duplicate them. Those services must work not only for the ad hoc human user, who after all has fail-safe alternatives, but also when incorporated in third-party applications. NamesforLife identifies these objects using now familiar digital object identifiers (DOIs) and makes them reliably citeable. The objects then become formally structured micropublications. How is it done? NamesforLife employs a team of expert curators to index the taxonomic literature as a sequence of interrelated taxonomic, nomenclatural and organismal events that are tied to all previously recorded events and the underlying literature.

May 1, 2009

ASM 2009 —American Society for Microbiology 109th General Meeting
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania May 17, 2009—May 21, 2009

NamesforLife will be attending the ASM 2009 Meeting. Stop by the Society for General Microbiology booth for a live demonstration of the N4L system.

February 1, 2009

United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity —Seventh Meeting: Ad hoc Open-Ended Working Group on Access and Benefit Sharing
Paris, France April 2, 2009—April 8, 2009

Excerpts from: Studies on the Identification, Tracking and Monitoring of Genetic Resources

February 1, 2009

Genomics 2009 —GTL Awardee Workshop VII and USDA-DOE Plant Feedstock Genomics for Bioenergy Awardee Workshop
Bethesda, Maryland February 8, 2009—February 11, 2009

NamesforLife Semantic Resolution Services for the Life Sciences

January 1, 2009

Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship 2009
Ann Arbor, Michigan January 22, 2009—January 22, 2009

NamesforLife will have a booth at ACE’09: The Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

October 5, 2008

NamesforLife opens an office in downtown East Lansing

NamesforLife has opened a commercial office at the new Technology Innovation Center in downtown East Lansing. We are proud to be an Inaugural Tenant and the first company to move into this new space.

May 28, 2008

Society for Scholarly Publishing 2008 Annual Meeting —30th Annual Meeting
Westin Copley, Boston, Massachussetts May 28, 2008—May 30, 2008

George Garrity will be presenting a lecture titled “Say What You Mean: How Semantic Tagging Makes Content More Discoverable, More Useful, and More Valuable” during Seminar 4.

February 18, 2008

NamesforLife founder named AAAS Fellow

The founder of NamesforLife, George M. Garrity, ScD has been elected among the 2007 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

February 10, 2008

Genomics 2008 —GTL Awardee Workshop VI and Metabolic Engineering Working Group Interagency Conference on Metabolic Engineering
Bethesda, Maryland February 10, 2008—February 13, 2008

NamesforLife Semantic Resolution Services for the Life Sciences

February 8, 2008

NamesforLife releases plugin for the oXygen XML Editor

NamesforLife now has a plugin available for the oXygen XML Editor (tentatively named the Scribe). This plugin provides named-entity recognition and annotation over controlled terminologies. When used with the NamesforLife prokaryote nomenclature, the annotation links to Digital Object Identifiers that resolve to monographs representing the complete history of a bacterial or archaeal taxon.

October 30, 2007

American Association for the Advancement of Science —2007 Annual Meeting
Boston, Massachusetts February 14, 2008—February 18, 2008

George Garrity will be attending the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

April 21, 2007

Mid-Michigan Entrepreneur’s Day
East Lansing, Michigan April 25, 2007—April 25, 2007

George Garrity presents "NamesforLife: Bringing meaning to life".

March 6, 2007

Taxonomic Outline of Bacteria and Archaea 7.7

The Taxonomic Outline of Bacteria and Archaea (TOBA) 7.7 has been published.

February 7, 2007

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations —IT Support for SMTA implementation
Rome, Italy February 14, 2007—February 14, 2007

George Garrity presents "An Overview of Persistent Identifiers".

January 5, 2007

The ABS Dialogues —The Role of Documentation in ABS and TK Governance
Hotel Plaza del Bosque, Lima, Peru January 21, 2007—January 21, 2007

George Garrity presents the lecture "An Overview of Persistent Identifiers" in the afternoon meeting, "New approaches to documentation of genetic resources".

September 7, 2006

eGenomics 2006 —eGenomics III: Cataloguing our complete genome collection
Robinson College, Cambridge, United Kingdom September 11, 2006—September 13, 2006

George Garrity discusses NamesforLife and Phenbank at Cambridge. He will also chair Monday’s second session: "Databases and Metadata capture and Exchange efforts".

July 8, 2006

FEMS Meeting 2006 —2nd FEMS Congress of European Microbiologists
Madrid, Spain July 4, 2006—July 8, 2006

George Garrity presents "Knowledge bleed, PhenBank, and NamesforLife" during Symposium 20 (Biodiversity).

April 24, 2006

Computational aspects of systematic biology

Lilburn, Harrison, Cole and Garrity discuss the resources currently available to systematic biologists.

February 1, 2006

Taxonomic Databases Working Group GUID-1 Workshop —First International Workshop on Globally Unique Identifiers (GUIDs) for Biodiversity
National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), Durham, North Carolina February 1, 2006—February 3, 2006

George Garrity presents "Digital Object Identifiers as a technology implementation of a full working prototype the NamesforLife model".

September 7, 2005

eGenomics 2005 —eGenomics II: Cataloguing our complete genome collection
Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, United Kingdom September 7, 2005—September 9, 2005

George Garrity discusses NamesforLife and Phenbank at Cambridge.

July 1, 2005

International workshop (IUAP V/23) —Exploring and exploiting microbiological commons: contributions of bio-informatics and intellectual property rights in sharing biological information
University Foundation, Egmontstraat 5, Brussels, Belgium July 7, 2005—July 8, 2005

George Garrity presents the N4L system in "Automating the Quest for Novel Prokaryotic Diversity (revisited)".

March 14, 2005

Bioinformatics Forum —Names and Objects for Unambiguous Data Access amongst Biodiversity Data Entities
National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan March 14, 2005—March 15, 2005

Catherine Lyons presents "An Introduction to Digital Object Identifiers as background to NamesforLife".

February 24, 2005

Self-organizing and self-correcting classifications of biological data

An algorithm for automated classification based on evolutionary distance data was written in S. The algorithm was tested on a dataset of 1436 small subunit ribosomal RNA sequences and was able to classify the sequences according to an extant scheme, use statistical measurements of group membership to detect sequences that were misclassified within this scheme and produce a new classification. In this study, the use of the algorithm to address problems in prokaryotic taxonomy is discussed. The algorithm we have developed provides an intuitive approach to making and viewing classifications; conceivably, persons with no training could generate classifications and, by looking at the heatmaps, see how a classification might be improved. Our algorithm formalizes and automates the means used to achieve such improvements. Errors in data curation, classification and identification (of both sequences and source organisms) can be easily spotted and their effects corrected. Also, the classification itself can be modified so that the information content of the taxonomy is enhanced.

November 15, 2004

NamesforLife, LLC moves into new office space in Okemos, Michigan
Okemos, Michigan November 15, 2004—November 15, 2004

NamesforLife, LLC has moved into a new office in Okemos.

November 15, 2004

Michigan State University spins off a new technology company
East Lansing, Michigan November 15, 2004—November 15, 2004

A new tech startup, NamesforLife, LLC has been founded in East Lansing, Michigan to commercialize research conducted at Michigan State University.

November 10, 2004

19th International CODATA Conference —Digital Object Identifiers for scientific data
Berlin, Germany November 10, 2004—November 10, 2004

Norman Paskin has published an article regarding the use of DOIs for scientific data. A description of the NamesforLife system is given on page 7.

June 22, 2004

Annual International DOI Foundation Members Meeting —Session 4: Uses of identifiers - Identifiers for data
London, United Kingdom June 22, 2004—June 22, 2004

Catherine Lyons presents the NamesforLife concept at the IDF Members Meeting.

April 2, 2004

ASM 2004 —American Society for Microbiology 104th General Meeting
New Orleans, Louisiana May 23, 2004—May 27, 2004

Dr. Garrity will be presenting a taxonomy browser backed by a novel algorithm for building self-organizing and self-correcting classifications.

October 27, 2003

GBIF/WFCC/SPO Expert Workshop —Towards a Global Infrastructure for Microbial Information
Hotel Metropole, Brussels, Belgium October 27, 2003—October 28, 2003

George Garrity presents "Biological nomenclature in the postgenomic era: Biological and computational issues".

February 9, 2003

Genomes to Life Contractor–Grantee Workshop I —Workshop Breakout Session — Comparative Genomics: New Approaches & Insights
Arlington, Virginia February 9, 2003—February 12, 2003

George Garrity presents "Carolus Linnaeus in the postgenomic era". This discussion will focus on a problem that plagues us all to some degree or another – biological nomenclature. Ideally, our formalized system of nomenclature is supposed to improve communication among biologists. In reality, it seems to be a major obstacle, especially when misapplied. Although the problem is evident in the literature, it is most severe in the sequence databases, which now serve as the principal source and repository of data used in comparative biology. Moreover, the sequence databases tend to propagate such errors for a variety of reasons. As biological data proliferates and interconnects, it depends increasingly on software infrastructure, and it becomes increasingly obvious that biological names do not meet the requirements of a good identifier, in strict computing terms. A good identifier should be unique and persistent. As an outgrowth of my current DOE funded project, we have been exploring a practical and workable solution that we believe will help solve the problem in a future-proof fashion.

January 23, 2003

Workshop on Data Management for Molecular and Cell Biology
Lister Hill Center, NLM, NIH Campus, Bethesda, Maryland February 2, 2003—February 3, 2003

George Garrity will be present to discuss the white paper, "Future-proofing biological nomenclature".

January 1, 2003

Future-proofing biological nomenclature

The original white paper behind the NamesforLife concept.

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