NEOTOMA - a multidisciplinary and relational database for terrestrial paleoecological datasets for the Pliocene, Pleistocene and Holocene

Category Paleontology and Stratigraphy
Group GSI.IR
Location International Geological Congress,oslo 2008
Author Graham, Russell۱; Grimm, Eric۲; Ashworth, Allan۳; Jackson, Steve۴; Williams, Jack۵; Bills, Brian۱
Holding Date 03 September 2008

NEOTOMA is a multidisciplinary and relational database that currently contains paleobiotic datasets on mammals, plant macrofossils, pollen and beetles. The database has merged pre-existing and updated datasets (e.g., FAUNMAP, Global Pollen Database, North American Plant Macrofossil database) and a new fossil bettle database. NEOTOMA is structured so that other relevant datasets (e.g., other vertebrate classes, diatoms, ostracodes, testate amoebae, etc.) can be easily incorporated. Data are systematically organized within a consistent framework for each of the datasets in order to facilitate data entry from a single screen form along with quick and easy searching.
Information includes site location, site types, depositional systems, stratigraphic intervals with all relevant dates and dating techniques, taxanomic lists with synonomy tables and a bibliography documenting all data. Data will be served on-line in a web portal environment allowing for data exploration, downloads of data, data queries and mapping, interaction with other researchers and a limited set of tools for analysis. NEOTOMA is designed to allow easy interaction with, and analysis of, a variety of datasets at the same time but still provide access to individual disciplinary data. In essence, NEOTOMA will provide a platform for integrated research into paleoecological dynamics at ecological levels of organization ranging from individual populations to entire ecosystems. Educational features are planned for the future.