Paleobot.org: establishing open-access online reference collections for archaeobotanical research
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Difficulty in accessing high quality reference materials has been a limiting factor in the advancement of archaeobotanical research. However, new developments in online open source content management technology and faster downloading capabilities make high quality and low cost dynamic online curation of archaeobotanical reference images increasingly feasible. We describe the establishment of Paleobot.org, an open access online reference collection database for macrobotanical, microbotanical and isotopic data to help standardize and improve the identification of archaeobotanical remains.
KeywordsDigital reference collection Macrobotanical remains Phytolith Starch Pollen Archaeobotany
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