Neotoma Elections: 2017 Leadership Council

Thanks to those who voted for the next round of Leadership Council members, and thanks to the nominees for their willingness to serve.  43% of Neotoma members responded, to fill 4 spots on the Leadership Council.  The top four vote getters were Eric Grimm, Suzanne Pilaar Birch, Don Charles, and Thomas Giesecke.  All four will serve a new 4 year term, from 2018-2021.

Posted by Jack Williams on 12/22

Neotoma accredited by ICSU-WDS

Neotoma has joined the ICSU World Data System as a Regular Member.  ICSU-WDS certification follows a rigorous peer-review process and recognizes Neotoma as a trusted data resource for paleoecological, paleoenvironmental, and associated data.

Posted by Jack Williams on 09/19

Latin American data from the University of Amsterdam

The University of Amsterdam has a long history of paleoecological research in northern Latin America, beginning in the 1960s with the pioneering research of Thomas van der Hammen and continued by Henry Hooghiemstra, who along with their students, postdocs, and colleagues generated hundreds of papers and a large quantity of data over the past 60 years. A major push is now being made to upload these data to Neotoma/Latin American Pollen Database with funding from NWO (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek – Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) and DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services). A recent article in Geo.Brief describes this effort (in Dutch).

Posted by Eric Grimm on 05/24

Cyberinfrastructure in the Paleosciences: A 10-Year Vision

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

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

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