Hyperbolic Tree of Life

is creating a Visualisation of Earths Children

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About Hyperbolic Tree of Life

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Hyperbolic Tree of Life is a visualisation of the phylogenetic tree created by the Open Tree of Life project [1]. Beside integrating this data souce, our main task is to create a web component for visualizing large hierarchys. This hyperbolic tree [2] web component is distributed under the MIT licence at Github [3].

Handling all five million species is a challenging task for consumer hardware, therefore only parts of the hole tree are available so far. Be part of our journey to make the hole tree available and become a Patreon!

[1] Hinchliff, Cody E., et al. "Synthesis of phylogeny and taxonomy into a comprehensive tree of life." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112.41 (2015): 12764-12769

[2] Lamping, Jonh, and Ramana Rao. "The hyperbolic browser: A focus + context technique for visualizing large hierarchies." Journal of Visual Languages & Computing 7.1 (1996): 33-55.

[3] Open source web component: https://github.com/glouwa/d3-hypertree

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