Paleo Digitization Working Group
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.
- 1 Stay connected
- 2 Paleo Digitization "Happy Hours"
- 3 2017 Webinars
- 4 2016 Webinars
- 5 2015 Webinars
- 6 2014 Webinars
- 7 2013 Webinars
- 8 Recordings of working group meetings
- 9 Paleo Digitization Workshops
- 10 Standard Views for Fossil Images
- 11 Stratigraphy Resources
- 12 Controlled Vocabularies
- 13 Related Media
We currently have three communication channels associated with this group:
(1) The Paleo Data Google Group is for topical conversations and announcements. Access the forum to view past discussion and sign up here for email alerts. This communication channel is open to anyone and is a place to have conversations that can be viewed later by people who didn't originally participate in them, thanks to the way Google Groups are set up.
(2) A Paleo Data Slack workspace to accompany the Paleo Data Google Group. Anyone is welcome to join the Slack workspace! If you are unfamiliar with Slack, see this 3-minute video overview of how to set it up for the Paleo Data workspace. Please contact Erica Krimmel (email@example.com) to receive an invite to join this Slack workspace.
(3) The iDigBio Paleo Digitization Listserv is a more traditional listserv. To subscribe email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following command in the email "subscribe IDIGBIOPALDIGI-L first_name last_name" (e.g. "subscribe IDIGBIOPALDIGI-L Jane Doe"). To post, send an email to IDIGBIOPALDIGI-L@LISTS.UFL.EDU.
In addition to the communication channels above, members of this working group store shared, active files in a Google folder here.
Paleo Digitization "Happy Hours"
Join colleagues in an informal, bi-weekly discussion on various topics related to digitizing paleontology collections and sharing the digitized data. No advance registration required, and you are welcome to drop in for only part of the hour! See the calendar announcement for more details.
Happy Hour Recordings
- 2020-05-21, Public lands and sensitive localities (notes)(audio recording)
- 2020-06-04, Sharing georeferencing resources (notes)(audio recording)
- 2020-06-18, Tools for georeferencing (notes)(audio recording)
- 2020-07-02, Georeferencing data management issues (notes)(audio recording)
- 2020-07-16, Implementing data standards (notes)(audio recording)
- 2020-07-30, Stratigraphy (notes)(video recording)
- 2020-08-13, Preparations and Standardizing Anatomical Elements terms (notes)(video recording)
- 2020-08-27, Citing collections data (notes)(video recording)
- 2020-09-10, Taxonomy Part I (notes)(video recording)
- 2020-09-17, Taxonomy Part II (notes)(audio recording)
- 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
Paleobiology and work that is being done to define best practices as a solution to these issues.
- 16 March, 3-4 p.m. EST: Serving your georeferencing data via data aggregators, Erica Clites, University of California Museum of Paleontology (calendar announcement: https://www.idigbio.org/content/paleo-working-group-webinar-0)
- 20 April, 3-4 p.m. EST, eMesozoic, Emma Bernard, Lil Stevens, Pip Brewer, NHM London, for more about eMesozoic see https://blog.nhm.ac.uk/tag/emesozoic/.
- 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
- 25 August 2015, 3-4 p.m. EDT: STEPPE, Dena Smith, Executive Director, STEPPE (Sedimentary Geology, Time, Paleontology, Paleoclimatology, Energy). Geological Society of America
- 8 September 2015, 3-4 p.m. EDT: MorphoSource, Doug Boyer, Duke University
- 22 September 2015, 3-4 p.m. EDT: iDigPaleo Portal, Sue Butts and Chris Norris, Yale Peabody Museum
- 13 October 2015, 3-4 p.m. EDT: Navigating the iDigBio Portal, Gil Nelson, iDigBio, Florida State University
- 10 November 2015, 3-4 p.m. EST: Data Standards and Database fields, Amanda Millhouse, Smithsonian Institution
- 8 December 2015, 3-4 p.m. EST: Georeferencing for Paleo Collections, Jessica Utrup, Yale Peabody Museum
- 14 January 2014, 3-4 p.m. EST, Chris Norris, Redacting Sensitive Data on Paleo Specimens
- 11 February 2014, 3-4 p.m. EST, Una Farrell, Issues with Stratigraphy
- 18 March 2014, 3-4 p.m. EST, Bruce MacFadden, Linking Ancillary Data to Specimen Records in Paleo Databases
- 22 April 2014, 3-4 p.m. EDT, Mark Uhen, Paleobiology Database and C4P
- 13 May 2014, 3-4 p.m. EDT, Nancy Stamm, USGS, GeoLex
- 10 June 2014, 3-4 p.m. EDT, Jim Beach, Issues, input, and recommendations for changes to the Specify schema to better accommodate paleontological data
Recordings of working group meetings
Paleo Digitization Workshops
- Paleo Digitization Workshop (23-26 Sept 2013) Wiki
- Paleontology Digitization Workshop Report
- Paleo Imaging Workshop (29 Apr-1 May 2014) Wiki
- Paleo-specific Specify Workshop (19-22 May) at KU
- Georeferencing for Paleo Workshop (27-29 April, 2020) at NHM Utah
Standard Views for Fossil Images
- Working Document
- Digital Plant Images as Specimens, Vulpia, Baskauf & Kirchoff & 2008
- Morphbank Standard Views
- Standard Views of Marine Invertebrate Fossils for Photography (from EPICC TCN)
- Mark Webster, et al, Combining Stratigraphic Sections and Museum Collections to Increase Biostratigraphic Resolution
- Donald E. Owen, How to use stratigraphic terminology in papers, illustrations, and talks
- NORTH AMERICAN STRATIGRAPHIC CODE, North American Commission on Stratigraphic Nomenclature
- Murphy & Salvador, International Stratigraphic Guide — An abridged version
- 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.