About Neotoma

Neotoma is a collaborative database effort among a consortium of PIs and institutions around the world. 

Neotoma provides an underlying cyberinfrastructure that enables the development of common software tools for data ingest, discovery, display, analysis, and distribution, while giving domain scientists control over critical taxonomic and other data quality issues.

Neotoma covers the Pliocene-Quaternary part of the geologic record, the time during which humans evolved and during which modern ecosystems developed.

The database is implemented in Microsoft SQL Server, a highly scalable client-server relational database management system suitable for web servicing. Database products such as data files and graphics may therefore by delivered in real time from the current database rather than from prepackaged files and graphics. Interoperability with Microsoft Access and free desktop editions of SQL Server facilitate development with local standalone versions of the database.

The Neotoma community operates with a bottom up design so that data structure and quality are determined by advisory boards representing the various data communities (consortia).

Neotoma can accommodate virtually any type of fossil data. It is available for use by other data cooperatives that are welcome to develop their own individualized frontends to the database, as well as remotely input and update data.

Join the Neotoma community!
There are three ways you can get involved with Neotoma.
1) Follow Neotoma activities.  By joining the Neotoma Announcements listserve, you will get occasional updates about Neotoma database activities. If you have a google account, you can request to join the group.  If you don’t have a google account, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to be added directly. You can also follow Neotoma on Twitter (@neotomadb).
2) Become a member of Neotoma.  This means that you will get the same regular updates about Neotoma database activities, but you also can play a role in the governance of the database by voting on initiatives and leadership, or even serving on subcommittees in topics of interest to you!  To become a member, fill out this form.  Read more about membership in our bylaws.
3) Become a Neotoma Data Steward.  Data Stewards are analogous to editors of peer-reviewed journals and have the ability to upload data to Neotoma and correct data in Neotoma.  Data Stewards must complete a training course, offered as an on-request webinar or at scientific conferences.  People interested in becoming a Data Steward should .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).