Computational Methods to Enable an Invertebrate Paleontology Knowledgebase
Project Award Date: 09-15-2010
The Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology,, founded in 1948 by an international consortium of
paleontological societies under the direction of R. C. Moore of the University of Kansas, is
considered by paleontologists to be the most authoritative compilation of data on invertebrate
fossils.The Treatise has found applications in many areas, such as understanding evolution, climate changes and finding fossil fuels. There is a strong desire in the paleontological community to make the vast repository of data contained in the Treatise available in electronic form for current and future scientists and laypeople.
Research will facilitate knowledge discovery activities in invertebrate paleontology by providing scientists with a general framework that takes advantage of the rich information extracted from the Treatise. Reaching this goal is only possible, however, by applying creative computational thinking to link a wide range of high-volume data with immense amounts of diverse information. To achieve this goal, an Invertebrate Paleontology Knowledgebase (IPKbase) will be developed to enable a new level of scientific inquiry and knowledge discovery.
IPKbase will be the first unified system in paleontology that integrates invertebrate paleontology data, an information retrieval platform, analytical software, computational modeling, and visualization tools. Success of IPKbase will not only provide a powerful platform to assist and expedite existing paleontology research but also facilitate paleontologists to further explore unexploited areas.
Faculty Investigator(s): Xue-wen Chen (PI), Jun Huan, Brian Potetz, Bo Luo, James Miller
Student Investigator(s): Amanda Parker, Keeler Russell, Patrick Denton, Wenrong Zeng, Yuanliang Meng, Yuhao Yang, Nathan Foster, Junyan Li, Brittany Varnado
Primary Sponsor(s): National Science Foundation