Earth Science Informatics

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 623–631 | Cite as

SHRIMPDB: a new geoanalytical database for U-Th-Pb geochronological data from SHRIMP measurements

  • Yutong He
  • Di Tian
  • Ranran Gao
  • Runlong FanEmail author
  • Li YaoEmail author
  • Pengfei Chen
Research Article


This paper introduces a novel web-based database, SHRIMPDB, to support the efficient reutilization of U-Th-Pb geochronological data from sensitive high-resolution ion microprobe (SHRIMP) measurements. In order to provide complete data content that can be reutilized by Earth scientists, a new data model containing analytical data and relevant sample metadata is proposed according to analyses of measurement procedures and the data characteristics of SHRIMP. Vivid data visualization, real-time data query interfaces (including a novel and intuitive polygonal region search), and a pragmatic data management module are designed and implemented using web-based and cloud GIS-based technologies, which provide a platform for Earth scientists to efficiently curate and share SHRIMP data on the internet. An incentive that encourages geochronologists to contribute data is suggested through cooperation between SHRIMPDB and the Beijing SHRIMP center. The database is currently under evaluation at the Beijing SHRIMP center. SHRIMPDB is globally available online at


Geochronology Radiometric dating Data reutilization Database SHRIMP 



We are greatly indebted to professor Yu-sheng, Wan for numerous comments and analysis which make an important effect in the development of SHRIMPDB. This work was financially supported by National Major Scientific Instruments and Equipment Development Special Funds [2016YFF0103303, 2011YQ050069] and the National project of 211 -Sharing of High School Instrument Equipment and High-quality Resources (CERS-2-9).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Instrumentation & Electrical EngineeringJilin UniversityJilinChina
  2. 2.SHRIMP CenterInstitute of Geology Chinese Academy of Geological SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.College of Earth SciencesJilin UniversityJilinChina
  4. 4.Key Laboratory of Mineral Resources Evaluation in Northeast Asia, Ministry of Land and Resources of ChinaChangchunChina
  5. 5.The 41st Research Institute of CETCQingdaoChina

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