Paper No. 239-11
Presentation Time: 4:15 PM
THE EPANDDA PROJECT: INCREASING ACCESSIBILITY TO DIGITIZED DATA FROM THE PALEONTOLOGICAL AND NEONTOLOGICAL COMMUNITIES
The ePANDDA project, Enhancing PAleontological and Neontological Data Discovery API, is focused on the development of software tools that will connect three established, well-supported, and critically important data sources: the Paleobiology Database (PBDB, paleontological, literature-based), iDigPaleo (paleontological, specimen-based) and iDigBio (neontological and paleontological, specimen-based). At present, the ability to access and integrate data from across the geological and biological sciences is a cumbersome and time-consuming process, as the connectivity between modern and fossil, and specimen and literature-based resources does not currently exist. ePANDDA will use application programming interfaces (APIs) to streamline and normalize data acquisition, including retrieval from disparate data sources. This is a major shift in the way the geoscience community has traditionally approached data acquisition and publishing (e.g., building a new portal). It will allow for more growth and flexibility in which existing data portals can be utilized and facilitate coordination with future data initiatives in other geoscience disciplines.
Ultimately, for the researcher, the ePANDDA project will eliminate a significant barrier to data collection and processing, as users will be able to access and query multiple data sources at the same time from their preferred portal, resulting in a much richer, combined dataset. The development of APIs will provide researchers the opportunity to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries, to ask and answer new research questions affecting a diversity of fields (e.g., biogeographic/niche modeling, systematics, functional morphology, evolutionary biology, ecology, climatology, conservation biology, oceanography, and petroleum geology) and has the potential to change the nature and scope of the research questions that can be addressed by the scientific community.