PaleoCore Core Concepts

The PaleoCore data implementation makes use of six core notions: Find, Geological Context, Location, Digital Resource, Event and Agent. These notions were gleaned from a comparison of several paleoanthropological data sets. Each notion in term is modeled by one or more specific concepts, where the concepts have attributes and relationships with each other.

The notion of a Find (or Occurrence) serves as a central organizing element. It represents the things that are discovered in the course of paleoanthropological research and it has three main sub types: 1) fossil specimens, which are the preserved remains of past life; 2) artefacts, which are the preserved remains of hominoid material culture; and 3) mineral specimens which are the geological finds and samples relevant to paleoanthropology.