Monday, March 28, 2011

Building Momentum for Open Data in Paleontology

Thanks to a variety of "real world" concerns and deadlines, I've been a little sparse on the blog for the past few weeks. But, that doesn't mean that important things haven't been happening elsewhere in the realm of digital paleontology. If you haven't already, take a look at and consider adding your signature to "An Open Letter in Support of Palaeontological Digital Data Archiving." Kudos to the folks who got the ball rolling on this effort! As paleontology becomes more data driven, and as more of those data are digitized, we need to get our act together as a community now.

1 comment:

Ross Mounce said...

Many thanks Andy for posting something here. This blog has definitely been a strong source of inspiration, perhaps even the original display of support for Open-ness in palaeontology.

People who have signed in support of our letter so far include:

Prof Michael Benton (Bristol)
Dr Peter J. Wagner (Smithsonian)
Dr Bruce Runnegar (NASA!)
Dr Paul Upchurch (UCL) many names, take your pick as for the highlights!
> 130 people so far. But we need more if we are to convince journals to make real changes...