New ODP article in the Palaeontological Association newsletter

The new issue of the Palaeontological Association newsletter dropped through the letterbox this morning, and I was delighted to see that our article on the Open Dinosaur Project was included.  The PalAss newsletter, despite its name, is not a couple of mimeographed-and-stapled sheets, but a reasonably substantial publication (98 glossy pages in the current issue), so hopefully it will help to raise our profile, especially among more traditional professionals who get their news from dead-tree media rather than the Internet.

You can download the whole newsletter as a single PDF from the PalAss site, or just the OPD article (five pages) if you prefer.


Taylor, Michael P., Andrew A. Farke and Mathew J. Wedel. 2010. The Open Dinosaur Project. The Palaeontological Association Newsletter 73:59-63.

About Mike Taylor

By day I am a computer programmer, specialising in interoperability through standard information protocols such as XML, Dublin Core, ANSI/NISO Z39.50 and SRU/SRW. By night, I am a palaeontologist, specialising in sauropod dinosaurs. In between, I am husband to a wonderful wife and father to three gorgeous boys. I like pork.
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6 Responses to New ODP article in the Palaeontological Association newsletter

  1. Rob Taylor says:

    Very informative and well-written article! Interesting, too, to garner a bit of insight into how the project leads have viewed the volunteer effort thus far.

    I for one am hoping that there will be a next phase to the ODP (beyond the forthcoming paper) that will provide us die-hards with additional opportunities to contribute. With any luck, that post-mortem you mentioned will conclude a sufficient level of success to warrant another go-round. (Just keep in mind that you’ll need wider columns for sauropod measurements!)

  2. John Dziak says:


  3. David Dreisigmeyer says:

    Hey everyone. Anybody have an idea of where we should go next?

  4. Mike Taylor says:

    Hi, David. Yes, we’re sorry it’s been quiet recently. By unhappy coincidence, Andy, Matt and I have all had other matters urgently requiring our time recently. We’ll get back to the ODP just as soon as we can — shouldn’t be long!

  5. David Dreisigmeyer says:

    Awesome! Thanks Mike.

  6. Jesse Easter says:

    Good to see the ODP getting some recognition; I look forward to seeing where we go next with this project.

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