In an attempt to make fossil evidence reporting more efficient, Fossil Reports is launching an automated and open source reporting system.
The software, Fossilsense, will work in tandem with Fossil Tracker, a project that lets users report any fossils found in the U.S. and Canada and share them with researchers for analysis.
The Fossilsensing system will work by aggregating all the fossils found from different locations across the U, Canada, and Australia into one global list.
Once a fossil is identified as a fossil, the system will automatically search for the corresponding name on the Fossilsence database.
Once the database is sorted by name, Fossinsense will then take the top fossil found and make it available for analysis on the website.
To create the Fossil Records system, FossilingReports will create a list of fossil records that can be shared with other researchers.
For example, it will make the fossil record available on Fossilsenses site and give researchers access to the list to view other records that might be missing.
Fossil records can include specimens, fossil beds, and other data.
Fossil Records will be a collaborative project that is being built by a team of Fossil Report staff members.
FossilReports will be available as a free download for Fossilsensor users, which includes all the code and documentation needed to set up a Fossilsens system.
Fossilsensitivity will also be available on the same FossilReport site.
The team behind Fossilsensitive said that the goal is to make FossilEvidence more open and accessible, and that Fossilsensation is designed to be a simple and flexible solution for reporting fossil records.
The goal is for Fossilesense to make it easier for fossil researchers to report their finds, with a simple interface that can also be used to categorize them in the Fosselsense database.
Firms will be able to search for records using search terms, and then link their fossil record with the name they have used in the database.
This way, the fossil records can be grouped in the search results in a manner that is easy to understand.
The site will also feature a section that lets fossil researchers categorize their discoveries in a way that is understandable and useful to the public.
For instance, Fossilesens website states that the record can be categorized by “species, species family, age, and type.”
FossilSearch, an online database that allows users to search fossils for more specific information about their fossils, also allows fossil researchers access for this purpose.
Fosil Reports, which was founded in 2009 by two researchers from the University of Queensland in Australia, is being funded by the National Science Foundation and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.