The connectivity between modern and fossil, and specimen and literature-based resources does not currently exist. The digital infrastructure provided by the composite ePANDDA application programming interfaces (APIs) will streamline and normalize data acquisition, including retrieval from disparate data sources, and will facilitate coordination with future data initiatives. Rather than creating another portal for the aggregation of data, ePANDDA will unify results that normally would have required multiple searches on numerous platforms. For the researcher, this eliminates a significant barrier to data collection and processing. Researchers will now have the ability to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to study earth system processes and the nature of biotic response to environmental change across both space and time. Linking publications to specimens will enrich the potential of museum collections and augment their value for both research and education. The ePANDDA project also provides an opportunity to build collaborative programs that leverage existing education and outreach activities in addition to the primary research goals.

Benefits to Scientists

This project will:

•Tackle the time needed to search and retrieve valuable geoscience information by using software tools to connect three established, well-supported, and critically important data sources: the Paleobiology Database (PBDB, paleontological, literature based), iDigPaleo (paleontological, specimen based) and iDigBio (neontological, specimen based)
•Allow users of any one of these databases to access and query the others at the same time, returning a much richer, combined set of data to the user
•Connecting these resources will open up research questions that are currently difficult to answer, even by multiple researchers working as a team
•Allow scientists to ask and answer new research questions affecting fields as diverse as biogeographic/niche modeling, systematics, functional morphology, evolutionary biology, ecology, climatology, conservation biology, oceanography, and petroleum geology.
•Fundamentally change the nature of the research questions that can be addressed by the scientific community

Project Deliverables

•Paleobiology Database (PBDB, paleontological, literature based) - https://paleobiodb.org/navigator/
•iDigBio (neontological, specimen based) - https://www.idigbio.org/portal
•iDigPaleo (paleontological, specimen based) - https://www.idigpaleo.org/



Jocelyn Sessa and Neil Landman (American Museum of Natural History)

Gil Nelson (Florida State University)

Mark Uhen (George Mason University)

Dena Smith (STEPPE)

Susan Butts, Larry Gall, Talia Karim and Christopher Norris (Yale Peabody Museum, from top to bottom)


Michael McClennen - PBDB programmer & ePANDDA

API creator at UW-Madison University

Seth Kaufman - iDigPaleo & ePANDDA API programmer in New York City

Noel Heim - PBDB & ePANDDA app programmer at Stanford University

Jon Lauters - iDigBio developer at Florida State University

Valerie Syverson - PBDB programmer at UW-Madison University

Alex Thompson - iDigBio/ACIS IT

Harry Shyket - Programmer/web developer at Yale
University Peabody Museum

David Iler - STEPPE webmaster in Boulder


Paleobiology Database:
PBDB Navigator overview:
Longer explanation by Dr. Mark Uhen of PBDB:

Introduction to iDigBio:
Webinar of a demonstration of the iDigBio portal:
iDigBio API wiki page:
Link to the portal:

iDigPaleo on the iDigBio Paleontology Digitization webinar series slideshow:
Webinar video:
iDigPaleo background from the iDigBio TCN summit slideshow:
TCN video:
https://idigbio.adobeconnect.com/_a1130716096/p1h85oyt5lw/?launcher=fals... (iDigPaleo presentation starts at 52:33)