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miscellaneous scripts and data for concerns that span more than one of the Open Tree code repositories: integration tests, system statistics, etc.
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The Open Tree system consists of a set of more or less self-contained subsystems, each in its own repository. These subsystems get pulled together into an overall client/server web application, and many of them can be used in other ways as well, either as standalone utilities or as libraries.

The bits of glue that tie these modules together - documentation, tests, initialization scripts, maintenance tasks - do not properly belong in any of the subsystem repositories, so the 'germinator' repository exists to give these things a home.

The starting point for Open Tree documentation is the germinator wiki home page.


The germinator repo houses whole-system integration tests, including an API test coordinator (see and lists of taxa and taxon relationships for use in checking taxonomies and synthetic trees (see taxa/


The files in the statistics directory contain manually curated information about versions of the reference taxonomy and synthetic tree.

Some very old scripts that aren't used any more

Currently, there are scripts for installing and setting up OTU and taxomachine. They haven't been used in years.

Run scripts with the '--help' flag for information on options.

A simple script to help setup and test the otu client and associated neo4j database. To install OTU, run

sh -prefix . --restart-neo4j --start-otu

Go to http://localhost:8000/ to use OTU.

Other options are: <options>
  [--test] (not yet)
  [-prefix <path>]

A simple script to help with installing taxomachine, building a taxonomy database, and running taxonomy services. To install taxomachine and build the a taxonomy database from the latest OTT release, run: -prefix . --setup-db  --download-ott

Other options are: <options>
	[-ott-version <2.0|2.1|2.2>]
	[-prefix <path>]
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