ePANDDA: A New API for Geoscience Database Connectivity

Release Date: 
Friday, September 11, 2015


The American Museum of Natural History, Florida State University, George Mason University, STEPPE – Geological Society of America, University of Wisconsin – Madison, and the Yale Peabody Museum have joined to establish Enhancing Paleontological and Neontological Data Discovery (ePANDDA), a new application programming interface (API).

ePANDDA will connect The Paleobiology Database (PBDB), iDigPaleo, and iDigBio and will allow seamless searching and data discovery among the three databases.

Each of the databases will benefit from this new connectivity. As an example, “iDigBio ensures access to biological and paleontological specimen information by scientists and the general public,” said Gil Nelson of Florida State University.

“The new ePANDDA project will enhance iDigBio’s ability to link its specimen data with the underlying scientific literature as well as facilitate new pathways for expanding the access and use of these data for broader purposes and to a wider range of consumers.”

Read the press release from STEPPE to find out more details about the project, the collaborators, and the proposed broader impact activities.