Tools and Resources
This page provides links to helpful data management tools, data discovery portals and data standards webpages and resources.
Data Modeling Tools
Cmap- Open-source conceptual mapping tool.
Dia - Dia is roughly inspired by the commercial Windows program 'Visio,' though more geared towards informal diagrams for casual use. It can be used to draw many different kinds of diagrams.
Lucid Chart - diagramming and chart creation software.
Protégé - a free ontology editor and knowledge-base framework.
Vue - Visual Understanding Environmet, a visual data modeler from Tufts University.
Data Standard Initiatives
ADS - Archaeology Data Service
Digital Antiquity - a collaborative non-profit organization devoted to enhancing preservation of and access to irreplaceable archaeological records and data.
Dublin Core - a general data standard.
TDWG - the biodiversity information standards group (TDWG).
Data Discovery Portals
Arctos - Multi-Institution, Multi-Collection Museum Database
APPA - Academic Phylogeny of Physical Anthropology
CODI - Comprehensive Olduvai Database Initiative
eFossils - Online resource for paleoanthropology with time-map interface
eLucy - Online resource for digital data on "Lucy" from Hadar (AL 288)
eSkeletons - Online resrouce for comparative osteology
Fieldbook Project - Smithsonian NMNH project to digitize field notebooks
Fossilized.org - Paleoanthropology database
GBIF - the Global Biodiversity Inforamation Facility portal
Middle Awash Project Database - Digital catalog for paleoanthropological fossils from the Middle Awash Project Ethiopia.
Movebank - A data repository for animal tracking
NEON - National Ecological Observatory Network
Neotoma - An online data resource for paleoecologyology
NOW - New and Old Worlds Database of fossil mammals
PaleoPortal - Data portal for paleontology
VertNet - Data portal for vertebrate zoology
SQLite - A free, open-source, lightweight SQL database management system. Simple to setup and use with all data stored in a single file. SpatiaLite is an extended version of SQLite that acommodates spatial data.
PostgeSQL - A free, open-source, enterprise SQL database management system. More difficult to setup and administrer but with many powerful features. PostGIS is a spatial extension for PostgreSQL that enables spatial data management. Postgre.app is a compiled mac binary version of PostreSQL that greatly simplifies installation.