The Road Ahead
Despite the fact that the blog has been quiet, there is a lot going on behind the scenes at ODP. In the next week or two, you can (hopefully) look forward to some Big Announcements – for reasons that (hopefully) will be apparent, we’re keeping this one under our hat for now.
Presently, we have 394 verified and 197 unverified entries, with another 25 entries in the double-check queue. Great work, team! Our data entry is moving along very nicely. The system of entering and re-entering data has been paying dividends, too. Many errors, small and large, have been caught this way. Thank you to everyone who has made the ODP a success so far!
We are still very much looking for data of all sorts. Right now, the most useful data are measurements from associated skeletons – specimens where more than one bone from the same individual was found together. Specimens of isolated elements (a lone humerus, or a lone femur) are also welcome, but are presently much less useful for the research goals at hand. Because we are comparing bones across the skeleton, an isolated tibia or the like won’t likely make it into the final analytical mix. A few basal theropods and sauropodomorphs are also useful for outgroup comparison, but we won’t need a whole ton of those until the later phases of the project.
At this point, I thought it would be useful to lay out a rough timeline for Phase I of the project, based on discussions that Matt, Mike, and I had a few months back. Here goes:
ODP Timeline (Subject to Change)
- 8 September 2009: Launch of ODP and Phase I of Data Collection (ornithischian dinosaurs)
- 1 February 2010: Finish data collection, begin data analysis
- 1 March 2010: Finish data analysis, begin writing the paper
- 1 April 2010: Submit paper to journal
If it looks like data submission is beginning to taper off, we may move up the data analysis phase a little bit. Otherwise, we want to stick to the schedule as much as possible.
Thoughts? Questions? Comments?