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Creation of an ichnology database

Goal: Current open access paleontology databases do not provide a platform that supports the digitization of detailed ichnology data. As a result, we are working to create a database that provides a platform in which ichnology specific details can be captured (e.g., bioturbation intensity, ichnofacies, ichnoguild, ethology).

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Dean Meek
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A database is a collection of information and the associated relationships that define the organizational structure, as well as a means to extract subsets of information (Uhen et al., 2013). Modern database management system (DBMS) software provides a general set of functions for data entry, modification, deleting, and retrieving data (Harrington, 2016). It is with DBMS software that the authors have created the structure for an ichnology database, a subset of paleontology that has been largely overlooked in terms of database creation. To this point, the structure of the database has been tested through the entry of previously published ichnology data spanning from Ediacaran to Cambrian periods. With the creation of such a database, the analysis of ichnology data through data mining techniques is explored.
Dean Meek
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Current open access paleontology databases do not provide a platform that supports the digitization of detailed ichnology data. As a result, we are working to create a database that provides a platform in which ichnology specific details can be captured (e.g., bioturbation intensity, ichnofacies, ichnoguild, ethology).