The future of the past in the present: biodiversity informatics and geological time

TitleThe future of the past in the present: biodiversity informatics and geological time
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsBaker, Edward, Ken Johnson, and Jeremy R. Young
Journal{ZooKeys}
Volume150
Pagination397–405
Date Publishednov
Abstract

The biological and palaeontological communities have approached the problem of informatics separately, creating a divide between communities that is both technological and sociological in nature. In this paper we describe one new advance towards solving this problem - expanding the Scratchpads platform to deal with geological time. In creating this system we have attempted to make our work open to existing communities by providing a webservice of geological time data via the {GBIF} Vocabularies site. We have also ensured that our system can adapt to changes in the definition of geological time intervals and is capable of querying datasets independently of the format of geological age data used.

URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.150.2350
DOI10.3897/zookeys.150.2350