3rd PAGES webinar: Neotoma Paleoecology Database

Contact person:
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The 3rd PAGES webinar will be held in conjunction with Neotoma on 15 October 2020 from 16:00-17:30 UTC.

The presenter will be Jack Williams.


Jack will give an overview of the Neotoma Paleoecology Database, its mission, key features of its data model, its software ecosystem, growth trends and other recent developments, research and educational partnerships, and data governance.

The webinar will be introduced by PAGES SSC Member Darrell Kaufman. After Jack's presentation, there will be a Q&A session.

The webinar will be recorded and made available shortly afterwards on PAGES' YouTube Channel.

How to join

Information will be provided closer to the date.


Neotoma serves past global change research and education by providing an open, community-curated data resource for paleoecological and associated paleoenvironmental data. The data model supports multiple age-depth models and is readily extensible to new proxy types.

Neotoma data can be browsed using the Neotoma Explorer interface and programmatically accessed using APIs and the R Neotoma package. Data are assigned DOIs with landing pages archiving two versions: original submitted and current.

Neotoma now holds over 7 million individual observations from over 38,700 datasets, 18,600 sites, 7000 papers, and 6000 authors. It follows a distributed model of scientific data governance, in which individual Constituent Databases can appoint their own Data Stewards and take the lead on vetting and uploading data.

Major Constituent Databases include the European Pollen Database and other continental pollen database, FAUNMAP, the North American Diatom database, and the International Ostracode Database.

Neotoma welcomes new data contributions, data types, members, stewards, and partners.

Further information

Watch the 1st PAGES webinar with LiPD and the 2nd PAGES webinar with WDS-Paleo.