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phyloJIVE darwin sketch

integrating phylogenies
... with online biodiversity data sources

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The growing catalogue of online biodiversity data sources has reached a scale where data integration and mashups can be truly useful. Information about species is being aggregated at national and international scales. Here we provide a visualization with template web applications,  phyloJIVE,  which places biodiversity web-services into an evolutionary context.

You can download files to build your own instance of phyloJIVE. It includes template web application, instructions and other samples. The template web application can be incorporated into a webserver (as is) or can run by itself on a PC (windows users: extract the folder on your desktop). 

Further documentation, notes on common problems, and how to tailor the configuration to your needs (and data sources) is available on the phyloJIVE wiki or on the getting started page (if you are impatient). Notes  on charJSON along with scripts are available here. Details on phyloJIVE web application parameters are here.

Further details at development site where contributions  and comments are encouraged.


integration with Atlas of Living Australia and IdentifyLife

Acacia characters and maps as linked in the ALA


phyloJIVE is a web based application that places biodiversity information aggregated from many sources onto compact phylogenetic trees.  It is

Joe Miller's has made detailed instructions on the use the ALA implementation of phyloJIVE including videos.  We will also be adding details to the project wiki. There are of course, known and unknown problems. You are definitely encouraged to report any bugs in the project wiki, notify us, or to fix them.

What can the end user do in the browser?

with the template* web application the user can.....

* of course you are welcome to roll your own) you are welcome to roll your own webapp around the visualization as done by the Atlas of Living Australia


Web-services phyloJIVE can be configured easily to asynchronously access information from many online biodiversity data sources. Examples providers include The Atlas of Living Australia, The Catalogue of Life, The National Species List and The World Register of Marine Species. This information is accessed and displayed as the tree is explored by end users dynamically and immediately on hover, in summary tables, and in detail.


Performance is determined by the viewer’s computer and browser.
Trees can have at least 4000 taxa with matrices of at least 100 characters.

Characters (Species and Taxonomic)

Up to three characters from a matrix can be chosen for comparison at a time.