Paleo Digitization Working Group

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The Paleo Digitization Working Group was inspired by the paleo digitization workshop held in New Haven, CT in conjunction with the Yale Peabody Museum, 23-25 September 2013. The focus of the group is to examine issues and create community-generated documentation related to the digitization of paleontology collections

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Working Group Webinar Meeting Place

NOTE: All webinars are recorded and Power Points converted to PDF and deposited on the wiki for later viewing and download.

2017 Webinars

  • 19 January, 3-4 p.m. EST: Paleontological Resources Preservation Act (PRPA) of 2009, Scott Foss, Bureau of Land Management
  • 16 February, 3-4 p.m. EST: Digital Data Management for Paleobiology: Data standards and best practices for fossil data, Denné Reed, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin
    • This webinar will discuss the background of TDWG, standards, and general goals of digital data management as relates to paleontological data. It will also delve into examples of specific issues of using Darwin Core for
    • Webinar Recording
    • Chat box entries

Paleobiology and work that is being done to define best practices as a solution to these issues.

2016 Webinars

  • 12 January 2016, 3-4 p.m. EST: Federal Collections Discussion Session, Kathy Hollis, Smithsonian Institution and Scott Foss, BLM
  • 9 February 2016 (Rescheduled to 16FEB) , 3-4 p.m. EST: Federal Collections Discussion Session, part 2, Kathy Hollis, Smithsonian Institution
  • 9 March 2016, 3-4 p.m. EST: Makerspace and 3D Printing, Dana Ehret, University of Alabama
  • 23 March 2016, 3-4 p.m. EDT: Digitizing Small Paleo Collections, Laura Vietti, University of Wyoming
  • 3 May 2016, 3-4 p.m. EDT: Using the International Geo Sample Number (IGSN) for tracking and registering samples in the System for Earth Sample Registration SESAR, Kerstin Lehnert, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University.
  • September, 3-4 p.m. EDT: ePANDDA: Enhancing Paleontological and Neontological Data Discovery API, Jocelyn Sessa, American Museum of Natural History

2015 Webinars

2014 Webinars

2013 Webinars

Recordings of working group meetings

Paleo Digitization Workshops

Standard Views for Fossil Images

Stratigraphy Resources

Controlled Vocabularies

Related Media

  • Formed in Stone: The Natural Beauty of Fossils A YouTube video from Sam Noble, contributed by Roger Burkhalter, that accompanies an exhibit of large-scale images of various fossils taken with the museum's macrophotography setup. The video goes from collecting, to preparation, to blackening and whitening of the fossil, then photography using image stacking.