Paper No. 2
Presentation Time: 9:00 AM-6:30 PM


BRAME, Hannah-Maria R., Department of Arts and Sciences (Geology), Columbus State Community College, 550 E. Spring Street, Columbus State Community College, Columbus, OH 43215, STIGALL, Alycia L., Department of Geological Sciences and Ohio Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Studies, Ohio University, 316 Clippinger Lab, Athens, OH 45701 and BAUER, Jennifer E., Geological Sciences, Ohio University, Department of Geological Sciences, 316 Clippinger Laboratories, Athens, OH 45701,

Museum collections with high-resolution stratigraphic and geographic data have the potential to provide large amounts of data for quantitative paleontological and biogeographical analyses. Recent initiatives have focused on databasing and georeferencing these collections in an effort to improve the quality and availability of historical paleontological data. In collaboration with the NSF funded Paleoniches-TCN, the Ohio University Invertebrate Paleontology lab has built a high quality museum collection and digital database of Cincinnatian (Late Ordovician) fossils from Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana and begun development of interactive online digital atlases of Ordovician species. The unique opportunity of building a museum collection from scratch enabled the deliberate development and digital curation of this collection for the specific purpose of facilitating quantitative applications and data accessibility.

Named for its primary collector, the Jack Kallmeyer Collection will establish one of the largest museum collections (more than 12,000 specimens) of Ordovician invertebrate specimens in Ohio. When donated, the specimens were largely unidentified and stored en masse according to collecting locality and lithostratigraphic formation. Thus, before digitization could begin, all specimens were identified and labeled, localities were georeferenced (following iDigBio’s protocols), and the digitization workflow was developed. Digital records were then created for all specimens using the Specifiy6 biological collections databasing software.

These digital records will be combined with similar data from two other Ohio institutions and will be used to generate informational content and paleogeographic maps for online digital atlases. Atlases will serve as educational resources for the general public, K-12 students and educators, university courses focused on paleobiogeographic patterns, and species distribution modeling based research. Finally, the digital records will be incorporated into existing online biodiversity databases where they can be accessed by researchers across the globe. Continued efforts to digitize museum collections and other paleontological and biological data will increase the completeness, quality, and accessibility of the fossil record of life on Earth.