How (and How Not) to Survey a Systematic Invertebrate Paleontology Collection for Locality Data Paul Mayer Invertebrate Paleontology Collections Manager

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How (and How Not) to Survey a Systematic Invertebrate Paleontology Collection for Locality Data Paul Mayer Invertebrate Paleontology Collections Manager Field Museum of Natural History Slide 2 Slide 3 Slide 4 Slide 5 Slide 6 Slide 7 Slide 8 Slide 9 The Problem Slide 10 Slide 11 Methods Slide 12 Results Slide 13 Slide 14 Slide 15 Slide 16 Field Museum of Natural History Department of Geology Collections Slide 17 Dangers Slide 18 Slide 19 B- 2.7 Slide 20 D 1.0 Slide 21 Walker Collection 725,000 specimens 1964 Slide 22 Collection Survey and Map I Started January, 2008 Third week asked for statistics on size and volume of collection. My main goal is to learn what is in the collections. Slide 23 Field Museum Geology Department Collection Size Slide 24 White, R. D. and W. D. Allmon. 2000. Guidelines for the Management and Curation of Invertebrate Fossil Collection. The Paleontological Society Special Publication v. 10, p. 3, table 2. 2000 Paleontological Society Survey Slide 25 150 cabinets sampled 8 people, April 2001 to October 2002 2001 - 2002 Collection Manager Survey Slide 26 What is in the collection? Quick survey of collection Several hours Cabinet by cabinet Slide 27 Slide 28 Slide 29 A more complete survey 546 cabinets Drawer by drawer (over 13,000 drawers) Four to five months Opportunity to see collections Curation level Size Maps Slide 30 Slide 31 GradeDescription 0.0 No Data 1.0 Stratigraphic and.Locality Data 2.0 Sorted by Phylum 3.0 Cataloged and Identified 4.0 Digitized and on WWW Slide 32 How to display data? Lots of data collected (546 pages) Maps Displays lots of information Allows for quick comparisons Easy to see patterns Record of the collection Slide 33 Slide 34 Slide 35 Summary Benefits of a drawer by drawer survey Understand collection See problems and their extent Snapshot of collection Easy to generate maps. Future work: expand accessibility of collection Cataloging Digitizing Photographing