INCREASING THE RESEARCH POTENTIAL OF DIGITIZED FOSSILS: A PILOT STUDY USING SPECIFY TO ATTACH STABLE ISOTOPE DATA TO VOUCHERED MUSEUM SPECIMENS
Here we describe a pilot study that provides a shell developed within the Specify database platform to attach stable isotope data to several thousand specimens in the Vertebrate Paleontology collections at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Legacy data entry has just started, and in addition, we also plan to systematically capture newly published analyses within our digitized fossil collections. Challenges still remain before the research value can be realized including: the development of metadata standards (e.g., Darwin Core); and integration of specimen data on an aggregated cloud platform that would allow queries from multiple collections at different institutions. We also plan to develop best practices with a view towards broadening the research capacity of digitized fossil collections that have been analyzed for stable isotopes.