META DATA LITE:



Name of Database: Miocene Mammal Mapping Project (MIOMAP)

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URL for home page:
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/miomap/

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URL for basic information page (the one that has this infomation listed):
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/miomap/miomappdn.htm

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Purpose:
MIOMAP is an archival database that was originally compiled to study the relative effects of long-scale climate change, short-scale climate change, and tectonic activity on terrestrial mammal communities.

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Scope:
MIOMAP records locality information, taxonomic information, catalog numbers, NISP and/or MNI (when possible), geologic information, geochronologic information, and taphonomic information for fossil mammal specimens that range in age from about 30 million years old (Arikareean North American Land-Mammal Age) through about 5 million years old (Hemphillian NALMA). The geographic scope is restricted to the contiguous 48 states of the United States.

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Intended audience:
The paleontological research community.

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Platform / Software:
The database was compiled on IBM-compatible computers (Windows XP) in Paradox 9.0. The Paradox tables were then slightly restructured to optimize the database for a web interface. This involved joining several of the Paradox tables into one table and adding fields used as reference points among tables for processing web queries. The Paradox tables that are left after the joining are: Locality, Faunal, Refer, Comment, and Absolute. Once the Paradox tables were restructured, the data were exported into tab-delimited text files which were then uploaded into mySQL tables that mirror the structure of the revised Paradox tables. The resulting mySQL database is housed on a Berkeley Natural History Museum server. As the revised Paradox tables were uploaded into mySQL, several error-checking scripts were run to help ensure that the data did not contain errors.

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Data model (basic description of what fields are included and how fields are related):
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/miomap/DATA-MIOMAP/mmap_data_structure.htm

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Terminology conventions for data entry:
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/miomap/DATA-MIOMAP/MIOMAP_Shortcut_Tables.htm

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Output query system:
Web based queries in mySQL and map interfaces using Berkeley Natural History Museums online maps.

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Extent of user support available:
On-line tips and critical information.

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How long has the database existed?
Data entry began in 2000 and was completed in 2008. Since then, periodic updates have been made to the database and continue today. For use in research applications, the complete or partial database can be downloaded. Users should update the database as appropriate for their purposes, and cite the MIOMAP project in publications.

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Where does it reside?
MIOMAP resides on the University of California Museum of Paleontology (Berkeley Natural History Museums) website, with backup copies of the data on Dell computers in the Barnosky Lab, UC Berkeley.

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What institutional and/or financial support is associated with its maintenance?
Development of the database was funded by grants from the National Science Foundation. The University of California Museum of Paleontology and Department of Integrative Biology also contributed resources.

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What are the long-term maintenance plans?
Long-term posting of the data is on the UCMP web site (http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/).

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Who is the person to contact about the database?
Tony Barnosky (barnosky@berkeley.edu) or Marc Carrasco (carrasco@berkeley.edu)

 

Use of this resource in publications should be cited as:
Carrasco, M.A., B.P. Kraatz, E.B. Davis, and A.D. Barnosky. 2005. Miocene Mammal Mapping Project (MIOMAP). University of California Museum of Paleontology http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/miomap/