Just posted to Authorea: Cyberinfrastructure in the Paleosciences: Mobilizing Long-Tail Data, Building Distributed Community Infrastructure, Empowering Individual Geoscientists. This, written in response to NSF CI 2030 planning and Dear Colleague Letter 17-031. This document describes our vision for cyberinfrastructure needs in the paleogeosciences over the next 10 years. The Authorea version is open to comments for at least the end of April, 2017. Comments welcome!
Posted by Jack Williams on 04/07
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
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 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
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
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
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
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