Wow, it has been a whirlwind of activity at the Open Dinosaur Project! After our official launch less than 24 hours ago, things have really begun to happen. Before we begin some background and tutorial posts, I just want to highlight a few items.
The response has been great so far, in terms of volunteer numbers. We have nearly 30 people who have expressed interest, from all walks of life – professional paleontologists, mathematicians, artists, physicists, high school students, graduate students, computer programmers, librarians, and more. If you haven’t signed up already, it’s not too late! See the link in the sidebar for more information.
Thank you to all of those who assisted in publicizing the launch – we had over 1,700 hits in the first day! In particular, thanks to Bora at Blog Around the Clock, Glyn at open…., Andrea at Theropoda, Darren at Tetrapod Zoology, Tor at Thoughts and Ideas from a Paleopunker, Dave Hone of Dave Hone’s Archosaur Musings, Bill at Chinleana, Gavin at Open Access News, Luis at Ciência Ao Natural, A Primate of Modern Aspect, Brian at Dinosaur Tracking, Jeremy at Denim and Tweed, and all of the other bloggers out there. Did we miss your post? Let us know, and we’ll add it to the list!
We had a nice stockpile of data before the launch, and project participants have already begun to add to this. Tor Bertin and Daniel Najib provided several entries, and Frank Varriale provided important data for a number of ankylosaur, stegosaur, and ceratopsid specimens that he measured personally. There are 55 verified and 92 unverified entries to date. Do you have a spare minute? Enter some data and send them on over! Let’s try and surpass 100 verified and unverified entries as soon as possible!
A First Look at the Data
Throughout the course of the project, we’re going to post some visualizations of the data in various forms. Hopefully it will be a good motivation to spur us forward in data collection, as well as an inspiration for new research questions and directions. The graph below shows humerus length versus femur length, for ceratopsian (horned) dinosaurs and thyreophorans (the group including stegosaurs and ankylosaurs). Do you want to conduct your own analyses? The data are freely available here (Google account log-in required; you may also email Andy Farke for a copy of the spreadsheet if you don’t have a Google account).
(note – the axes on the graph have been updated)