In April 2010, Jackie Lees and Paul Bown organised and ran a NERC funded workshop in Houston on Late Cretaceous nannofossil taxonomy.
During this, an undertaking was made to add Cretaceous taxa to the Nannotax system. This will be a major expansion of the system, so some discussion of how to do this and how we would like to see the system develop is timely. Please add comments to this page &/or you can also comment back to Jackie directly via e-mail & she will add your comments to the discussion.
Prospective Timetable for development of Cretaceous pages
Current Nannotax-active Working Group members (with indication of input responsibility - note that not all taxa are covered - feel free to volunteer!)
Standardized fields/headings to facilitate input from multiple contributors
Please comment on the suggested templates sent by Jackie via e-mail - if you want to see these, just let me (Jackie) know. Jeremy can rearrange the site so we can see pics next to text - see http://milichiidae.info/category/classification/costalima-myrmicola for an example.
1. Taxon lists Desire to have complete (i.e. including synonyms), searchable species & genus lists, & information on all species, but with authoritative information concerning validity, synonymy, useage. For example, see approach in Dinoflaj – valid taxa in bold, synonyms, previous combinations in quotes or similar. Flag junk!
2. Any chance of ‘similar species’ images being opened at the same time to enable comparison?
3. Quicker, easier navigation
4. Boolean search capability, i.e. searches on multiple terms, e.g. Miocene – discoasters – datums
5. Could we make use of Clustrmaps to give a visual display of geographic distributions?
Additional thoughts (Paul Bown)
Open ‘Comments and images’ will be reviewed by appropriate ‘authoriser(s)’ and may then be added to / migrated to Gallery or appropriate text field. We probably should think about an organised board of specialists that cover the entire strat. column, cf. PBDB for organisational/management model. We now have Paleogene and Cretaceous Working Groups, so we should probably aim to set up Neogene-Quaternary and Triassic-Jurassic counterparts. Something to discuss at Yamagata.