Ancient Environmental DNA Cyberinfrastructure Workshop: Applications Open

Dear colleagues,

Neotoma and the University of Wisconsin will be hosting a workshop to lay the groundwork for a robust cyberinfrastructure dedicated to supporting the open access for ancient environmental DNA and integrating it with existing cyberinfrastructure in genomics and paleoecology.  This workshop will be held May 18-20 in Madison, WI, USA.  The workshop is supported by the National Science Foundation and standard travel costs will be covered for all participants.

This ca. 20-person workshop includes several open participant slots specifically dedicated to early career scientists and scientists from underrepresented populations.  If you are interested in attending, please email your CV and a short statement of research interests to Jack Williams (jwwilliams1@wisc.edu) by March 6.

Planned activities include: 1) review the current state of the art with respect to ancient DNA data generation, data handling, data archival, and analytical pipelines; 2) review the latest advances and capabilities of existing cyberinfrastructures in genomics and paleoecology; 3) identify paleogenomic-relevant gaps and semantic misalignments among existing resources; 4) establish priorities and initial standards for data and metadata reporting in community paleodata resources. The Steering Committee for this workshop is Inger Alsos, Jessica Blois, Mary Edwards, Eric Grimm, Laura Parducci, Beth Shapiro, and Jack Williams. 

If you have any questions please reach out to Jack Williams. 
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Posted by Jack Williams on 02/17

Data Use Policy Updated

The Neotoma Data Use Policy has been updated and posted.  Neotoma data are provided under a CC-BY 4.0 license and are open for use with citation.  The revised Data Use Policy clarifies that proper citation of Neotoma data operates at three levels:  Neotoma itself, the Constituent Database(s) that curate these data, and the original data providers.  Appendix 1 provides standard citation endpoint and acknowledgment text for Neotoma itself, while Appendix 2 provides preferred citation endpoints and acknowledgments for individual Constituent Databases.
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Posted by Jack Williams on 01/15

Quaternary Times 2019 Newsletter

For an update on recent Neotoma activities, check out the article published in the Quaternary Times, the newsletter for the American Quaternary Association (AmQua).  A copy of the article is posted here:  https://www.neotomadb.org/documents/157883/
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Posted by Jack Williams on 11/19

DOIs launched for Neotoma Datasets!

All Neotoma datasets are now being assigned DOIs and each DOI/dataset is linked to a unique landing page.  (Example: Ballysheen Bog).  The automatic generation of DOIs is still in the beta stage and for now we will generate DOIs in batches on an as-needed basis.  To find a DOI for a particular dataset, look up the dataset ID in Explorer, then enter the URL: http://data-dev.neotomadb.org/[dataset id]   We will be developing new services to find DOIs programmatically.
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Posted by Jack Williams on 04/26

AAAS Interview and Neotoma Report

Dr. Raleigh Martin, an AAAS Science & Technology Policy fellow, has prepared a report on Neotoma, as part of a broader survey of NSF-supported Data Facilities.  His report is based in part on an interview with Dr. Jack Williams.  Please note that this report is the opinion of the interviewer and the interviewee alone and does not reflect an official position of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), or any NSF-funded institution.
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Posted by Jack Williams on 04/26

Neotoma Highlights: 2018-2019

For a quick review of Neotoma highlights for 2018-2019, check out this 2-pager PDF.
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Posted by Jack Williams on 04/25

Neotoma adopts official Code of Conduct for the database

The Leadership Council has officially adopted a Code of Conduct that governs Neotoma database events and activities. Ten of the 12 Leadership Council members voted on the CoC and all unanimously supported adopting the Code as official policy for Neotoma. You can find the full code on the Governance page, also directly uploaded in the Documents section of the database.

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Posted by Jessica Blois on 12/05

Neotoma signs COPDESS Commitment to FAIR Open Data Standards

Neotoma has joined the COPDESS commitment to Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) data.  Neotoma shares and commits to COPDESS goals of "Ensuring that Earth, space, and environmental science research outputs, including data, software, and samples or standard information about them, are open, FAIR, and curated in trusted domain repositories whenever possible and that other links and information related to scholarly publications follow leading practices for transparency and information."

For further information about the FAIR standards and COPDESS commitment, see link below.

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Posted by Jack Williams on 11/09

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