The revised age models for late Quaternary pollen sites in eastern North America are now available! A zip file containing the age models and additional information can be downloaded in the 'Documents' section of the Neotoma website. If you have any questions or feedback, please contact Jessica Blois or Jack Williams.
Posted by Jessica Blois on 02/15
The new pending data repository provides access to data that have been sent to Neotoma but not yet incorporated into its relational database. Files here include new author submissions awaiting processing by Neotoma data stewards as well as miscellaneous datasets that do not yet fit into the Neotoma database structure. The repository provides search and sortable browsing of datasets via their basic metadata.
Posted by Brian Bills on 10/06
The Neotoma Explorer web application has been updated and now features interactive stratigraphic diagramming. When viewing a pollen dataset, select the "Diagram" tab to try out the new tool. Users may customize the y-axis, taxa grouping, and 5x exaggeration options. Also, mousing over the plot lines will display the underlying abundance data values.
Posted by Brian Bills on 07/18
A paper by Jessica Blois, Jack Williams, Eric Grimm, Steve Jackson, and Russ Graham has just been published in Quaternary Science Reviews. This paper uses the Neotoma database to assess the amount of temporal uncertainty in late Quaternary pollen cores from eastern North America. The authors then identify particularly well-dated and well-sampled sites ('benchmark' sites), and use them to update the age-models of nearby, non-benchmark sites. Read the paper here (subscription required) or e-mail Jessica Blois for a reprint.
Posted by Jessica Blois on 07/12
The Taxonomic Name Resolution Service (TNRS) is a new web application for checking spelling errors and currently accepted taxonomic plant names. It uses a fuzzy matching algorithm to find misspelled names. Lists of up to 5000 names can be submitted at a time by pasting the names into an online form. The website is here: Taxonomic Name Resolution Service
Read a recent article about TNRS in Nature.
Posted by Blake Ketchum on 06/20
A recent paper by Fraser J. G. Mitchell entitled Exploring Vegetation in the Fourth Dimension (TREE, vol. 26, issue 1, January 2011) discusses pollen databases and the incorporation of the Global Pollen Database into Neotoma.
Read the article here:
Exploring Vegetation in the Fourth Dimension
Posted by Blake Ketchum on 06/02
The Royal Society of the United Kingdom to conduct study on openness in science.
The study, which is particularly focused on data sharing, is seeking input from academia, business, and industry in a "call for evidence." See http://royalsociety.org/news/Royal-Society-launches-study-on-openness-in-science/ for details.
Posted by Blake Ketchum on 05/25
Neotoma held a 4-day conference in September at UW-Madison to launch the next development phase of Neotoma. 54 people from 10 different countries met to form working groups, discuss goals and priorities, learn about the progress of the database and website, and provide feedback about near and long-term database and website goals. See the accompanying Meeting Report in Eos (8 February 2011, Vol 92, No. 6, Page 48) for additional details.
Posted by Blake Ketchum on 02/10