Stratigraphic Diagrammer extended to ostracodes and diatoms

Neotoma's Stratigraphic Diagrammer, available through Explorer, now will display stratigraphic diagrams for diatoms and ostracodes.  (The previous version had worked only for pollen data).  The next planned extension is for vertebrate data.

Posted by Jack Williams on 01/26

Neotoma accessible via the new NOAA-NCEI Paleo Data Search

Neotoma accessible via the new NOAA-NCEI Paleo Data Search

NOAA-NCEI and the World Data Service for Paleoclimatology have initiated a new web-based Search application. The application provides improved search and download capabilities via a graphical user interface (GUI), plus a web service (including API) allowing users to obtain dataset metadata in XML or JSON format.  The user can choose to search across one or many archives and data publishers, including Neotoma. The web service URL is: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/paleo-search and will soon replace the existing Search capabilities on the NOAA/WDC Paleoclimatology website.

Posted by Eric Grimm on 01/06

Neotoma Bylaws & Governance

Neotoma has a new bylaws and governance structure! The Bylaws were drafted based on community input at the 2015 All-Hands meeting in Berkeley, CA and voted on and approved in December, 2016.  Members of Neotoma are professional researchers and educators who use or contribute data to Neotoma and are interested in furthering Neotoma’s mission; Membership can be requested by any individual.

Neotoma data are managed by its Constituent Databases, each of which will have one or more Data Stewards.  Neotoma itself is governed by a Leadership Council, composed of 12 members each serving 4-year terms.  Key working groups include Executive, IT/Development, International Partnerships, and Education and Outreach.   

For more information about the Neotoma bylaws and governance structure, go here.

Posted by Jack Williams on 12/13

Presentation: Pollen databases: from von Post to Neotoma

The presentation "Pollen Databases: from von Post to Neotoma" is to be presented by Eric Grimm at the symposium Centenary (1916-2016) of Pollen Analysis and the Legacy of Lennart von Post at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, 24-25 November 2016. The symposium celebrates the 100 years since the first pollen diagram was presented by Lennart von Post and to examine his legacy in the science of pollen analysis and vegetation history.

Posted by Eric Grimm on 11/23

Presentation: Community-Curated Data Resources and the Children of COHMAP

Neotoma talk given at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, at a special session in honor of Herb Wright.  Talk title:  Community-Curated Data Resources and Large-Scale Data-Model Syntheses: The Children of COHMAP.  Slides have been posted to FigShare, link below

Posted by Jack Williams on 09/30

New Education Modules

Two new educational modules built around the Neotoma Explorer web application are available: Exploring the Neotoma Paleoecology Database and Climate Change and Mammal Dispersal.

Posted by Brian Bills on 11/02

Paper describing the R package neotoma published

A paper by Simon Goring et al. describing the R package neotoma has just been published in the inaugural issue of the new open-access journal Open Quaternary. The paper is here. A direct link to the pdf is here.

Posted by Eric Grimm on 03/09

“Tales” of the Bushy-tailed Woodrat (Neotoma cinerea)

A blog post about the Neotoma Paleoecology Database mascot.

Posted by Eric Grimm on 09/16

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