Paper No. 188-3
Presentation Time: 8:45 AM
DATA PRESERVATION FOR NATIONAL PARK SERVICE FOSSIL COLLECTIONS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA MUSEUM OF PALEONTOLOGY
The University of California Museum of Paleontology (UCMP) serves as a repository for fossil specimens from at least 47 National Park Service (NPS) areas, as well as for specimens collected on US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management holdings. UCMP has a web-accessible collections database (http://ucmpdb.berkeley.edu/) containing data on over 110,000 localities and almost 400,000 individual specimens. The database displays only county-level data to the public in accord with federal regulations and by the request of private landholders. Specific geographic information is available to researchers upon request. In 2014, programmers at UCMP created a portal into the UCMP database for selected NPS staff to view geographic data about the fossil localities and specimens collected within their current administrative boundaries. In order to populate the portal, georeferenced localities from each state were viewed through Berkeley Mapper (http://berkeleymapper.berkeley.edu/) and compared with NPS boundaries as displayed in Google Maps. The NPS portal now contains data on over 900 localities and 14,000+ specimens. Providing this data to NPS staff will improve the management of paleontological resources by allowing parks to relocate historic localities, establish field monitoring programs and mitigate any impacts on fossils during construction projects. UCMP and UC Berkeley have partnered with federal agencies for over a century, including advocating for the establishment of several NPS areas, including John Day Fossil Beds National Monument and Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. This portal has increased collaboration between UCMP and NPS staff, resulting in more accurate data and an increased awareness on both sides of paleontological resources on federal lands. As data can easily be added to the portal, it will also help UCMP respond to future requests for information, to the benefit of the management of fossil resources.