Putting fossils on the map: Applying a geographical information system to heritage resources

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dc.contributor.author Van ver Walt, M.
dc.contributor.author Cooper, A.K.
dc.contributor.author Netterberg, I.
dc.contributor.author Rubidge, B.S.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-12T08:02:16Z
dc.date.available 2017-01-12T08:02:16Z
dc.date.issued 2015-12
dc.identifier.citation Van ver Walt, M. et al. 2015. Putting fossils on the map: Applying a geographical information system to heritage resources. South African Journal of Science 111(11/12): Article #2014-0371. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/21606
dc.description.abstract A geographical information system (GIS) database was compiled of Permo-Triassic tetrapod fossils from the Karoo Supergoup in South African museum collections. This database is the first of its kind and has great time applicability for understanding tetrapod biodiversity change though time more than 200 million years ago. Because the museum catalogues all differed in recorded information and were not compliant with field capture requirements, this information had to be standardised to a format that could be utilised for archival and research application. Our paper focuses on the processes involved in building the GIS project, capturing metadata on fossil collections and formulating future best practices. The result is a multi-layered GIS database of the tetrapod fossil record of the Beaufort Group of South Africa for use as an accurate research tool in palaeo- and geoscience research with applications for ecology, ecosystems, stratigraphy and basin development. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Academic of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). en_ZA
dc.rights © 2015. The Author(s). Published under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence. en_ZA
dc.subject Spatial data en_ZA
dc.subject Permo-triassic en_ZA
dc.subject database en_ZA
dc.subject Karoo Supergroup en_ZA
dc.title Putting fossils on the map: Applying a geographical information system to heritage resources en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA
dc.journal.volume 111 en_ZA
dc.journal.title South African Journal of Science en_ZA
dc.description.librarian NCS2016 en_ZA
dc.citation.doi 10.17159/ sajs.2015/20140371 en_ZA
dc.citation.epage 7 en_ZA
dc.citation.issue 11/12 en_ZA
dc.citation.spage 1 en_ZA


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