Monthly Archives: October 2009

The ODP at ScienceOnline2010

For those who might be interested, I will be giving a short “demo” of the Open Dinosaur Project at ScienceOnline2010, an annual conference on science and the web (Matt and Mike can’t make it, unfortunately). Because the event is so … Continue reading

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Meet the Project Participants: Diane (DeDe) Dawson

Continuing our series of interviews, we’re happy to introduce all of you to Diane (DeDe) Dawson. In a project that relies so heavily upon the literature, it is a good thing to have a science librarian on our side! Tell … Continue reading

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The Open Dinosaur Project in Nature

We at the ODP are excited to announce that the project is getting some publicity this week courtesy of a little journal by the name of Nature. A short letter to the editor [subscription required*], written by me, Mike, and … Continue reading

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Big News Tomorrow (and a Plot)

Late tomorrow we look forward to bringing you a Big Project Announcement (well, more of a Big Project Promotion). So, tune in then for more details. In the meantime, enjoy this new plot of our data. The other day Tor … Continue reading

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Key Concepts: Scaling

Anyone who has dealt with puppies, kittens, or human babies has probably noticed their freakish (“cute”) body proportions relative to adults. The heads are too big and the limbs too small! Fortunately, most of us grow out of this condition … Continue reading

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500 and beyond!

Today, our public database of verified measurements passed 500 entries. Thirty seven contributors, ranging from students to programmers to librarians to professional paleontologists, combed nearly 130 publications and filled just under 3,500 spreadsheet cells with numerical data. Many previously unpublished … Continue reading

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Plot of the Moment

Every once in awhile, it’s fun to plot up the data and see what they look like. Lately, it’s been especially fun because our data set just keeps on growing and growing! Right now, we have 425 436 455 verified … Continue reading

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