Big Data and One Zoom's Tree of Life

One Zoom says, "Big data" is a growing issue in Science and Industry. Modern computing has enabled large amounts of data to be captured and stored and has revolutionised many branches of science. These advances, however, lead to challenges, such as how to explore and visualise large data sets. The very first blue-skies idea that could have been identified with OneZoom was that of a mind map so vast that it could contain all human knowledge."
At their website,, they introduce the topic, "This website allows you to explore the tree of life in a completely new way: it's like a map, everything is on one page, all you have to do is zoom in and out. OneZoom also provides free, open source, data visualisation tools for science and education, currently focusing on the tree of life. You can create visualisations of your own data as well as explore ones we have made."

The menu on the right of that main page is how you enter into the data.
It looks like this -

Watch this tutorial video:
                            Choose your tree or video
Plants: 31128 species
Tetrapods: 22821 species
Mammals: 5020 species
Birds: 9993 species
Amphibians: 5713 species

Once you choose a category, keep clicking on the picture for finer and finer grained information.

Always one to give thanks on my blog, "James Rosindell devised the OneZoom concept and developed the software. He received regular advice and support from Luke Harmon who co-author of the OneZoom manuscript. Yan Wong has provided advice, software for data collection and helped at events. Laura Nunes helped at events and wrote labels for the bird tree. Duncan Gillies assisted James Rosindell in the supervision and recruitment of Kai Zhong who is now a full time software developer for OneZoom."


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