Nannotax - forum

So, the idea here is that we can use the commenting tools to discuss anything about the site or coccolithophores. If discussions get long we can split the page into different topics. If no-one says anything we may quietly remove the page.

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If you scroll down to the bottom of the page you will find a heading "Add Comment" and a form to fill in. To reply to a comment click the curvedarrow symbol below and to the right of it. The same layout is there on every taxon page. For a bit more advice you can see the guidelines.

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Jeremy Young (UCL, UK)
Farinacci catalog update. We have now completed a major update of the Farinacci catalog with additional entries for most taxa described since Anna Farinacci stopped compiling the catalog in 1989 and now there are both PDF and jpeg versions of most pages. The PDF version are better quality but the jpeg versions are quicker to use so we will leave them on the site. There also is more metadata for taxa in the Farinacci catalog.
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Jeremy Young (UCL, UK)
Adding data from the neptune database
For the INA15 meeting in the Philipines we have done a series of further updates, including adding a lot more Mesozoic images. The BIG change though is that we have now added occurrence data from the Neptune database. This provides useful information on the abundance of taxa through time - BUT READ THE NOTES PAGE. From the menu bar - About Nannotax/The Neptune Database
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Jeremy Young (UCL, UK)
Progress update. In preparation fro the upcoming workshop on living coccoithophores I have just now completed an overhaul of the coverage of extant nannos including adding 1000 more images and a separate module for non-coccolithophres. The non-coccos module is very much a work in progress, so comments and suggestions are welcome.
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Ines Galovic (CGS, Croatia)
Regarding to Time scale I have also a comment. The first occurrence of Catinaster coalitus in the Mediterranean is noted at 10,73-10,74 Ma (Hilgen et al., 2003). But, its FO of which defines the base of the NN8 zone, is rare or absent in many Mediterranean sections. Radiometric analyses from the Paratethys (Poland and Eastern Slovakian Basin) placed the period between 11,3-10,9 Ma (Vass, 1999; Ková_ et al., 2001), which is a consequence of more alcaline marine environment, what is not the case for Mediterranean area in that time. Unfortunately this facts are not included in any Time scale. I hope I'll publish soon my work about that.
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Aaron Avery (Florida State University, US)
I'm curious why the datums included in the Gradstein 2012 geologic timescale book seem to be outdated or in conflict with ranges posted on this site, which I rely on heavily as an excellent reference? I post here because, for instance, Top (downhole)O. serratus is listed at NN2 the bottom of its range noted here NN2-NN6.
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Jeremy Young (UCL, UK)
Hi Aaron
We have not used GTS2012 for nannofossil ranges (only for age calibrations) so there may well be discrepancies. In this particular case I suspect someone has entered LAD into a database when they should have written FAD. O. serratus definitely occurs from NN2 to NN6 (it may of course have a longer range but there are plenty of records of specimens through that age range).
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Steve Starkie (UK)
Hi Jeremy
I have been working closely over the Santonian - Turonian section and I am not sure the Millions of year ages match for some taxa in the database?. So you know I have been comparing the database with what I observed, Jackie and various other papers along with Timescale Creator but was not sure what to do about really any suggestions?
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Jeremy Young (UCL, UK)
Hi Steve
First thing to note here is that ages are always given as some sort of primary data - e.g. a chronostrat stage or nanno zone then the translation into Ma age.The primary data is stored in the database and the Ma age conversion is done by the program as needed, using a look-up table provided by Jim Ogg, with the age quoted being that of either the top or the bottom of the time interval, as appropriate. E.g. If the primary data is that the LAD is in Late Turonian then the Ma age given is 91.41 which is the age of the top of the Late Turonian, conversely if the FAD is in the Late Turonian then the Ma age given would be 89.77. The ages are all from GTS 2012 so can be looked up by using the range charts (Tools menu).
Specific problems might be caused by the primary data being wrong (e.g. the LAD should be Mid Cenomanian not Early Turonian) or possibly by an error in the look-up table. If you have spotted likely glitches do let me know.
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Jeremy Young (UCL, UK)
Latest innovations - I have made a couple of improvements in the last week or so. First google translate is now enabled so you can read descriptions in almost any language you like, I hope this will especially help students who don't speak english.
Second - I have finally got links from the Farinacci page to the main pages. This was a quite an interesting little coding problem and then required some more work on the links themselves.
Jeremy
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Jeremy Young (UCL, UK)
I am a bit surprised at how few comments there are on the site, especially since I can see from google analytics that the site is very well used. Any suggestion why this is?
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Marites Villarosa Garcia (The University of Chicago, US)
I'm only just now looking through the comments section, despite having heavily used (and continuing to use) the nannotax database for my dissertation (I'm probably responsible for a chunk of that summer of 2014 traffic). I know the comments section exists, but I tend to forget about it. I also don't feel compelled to post comments unless I encounter some issue and I haven't had anything major come up. Great job with the site! It's a wonderful resource :)
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Jeremy Young (UCL, UK)
Just now I completed one of the major items from my to do list for the site - enabling proper referencing. You will now find a reference list at the bottom of each page, as well as the master reference list from the utilities menu. This is only semi-automated so we will need to correct and update the reference lists but it is a significant step forward. .. and if you think a particular reference should be added to a page please leave a comment
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Steve Starkie (UK)
Hi Jeremy
Great job on the website it is really easy to navigate and thanks for all you obvious hard work that has gone into it. If there is any assistance I can offer to ease your burden please let me know. Cheers Steve
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Jeremy Young (UCL, UK)
Hi Steve
Thanks for the encouragement, it is always nice to know the site is appreciated. Ways to hep? more images are always appreciated or you could go through taxa which you know well and add comments on edits which would be useful
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Jarrett Cruz (INA, US)
I think I ran across a dead link, searching for Markalius inversus I get this error: ERROR: Could not open iNanno/Mesozoic/Heterococcoliths inc sedis/placoliths inc sedis/Markalius/Markalius inversus for reading!

On another note this web site has been working wonders for me! Quite amazing!
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Jeremy Young (UCL, UK)
Thanks for pointing that out Jarrett, I have fixed it now but it is very useful to have errors flagged up.
cheers
Jeremy
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Andrey (Russia)
Hi, Jeremy
a friend of mine asked me to help her with some questions. Is it possible to use posted pics in her museum work, for example, to illustrate talks? also whether it's possible to get higher resolution images for posters or exhibition presentation?
best regards,

Andrey
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Jeremy Young (UCL, UK)
Andrey
Using posted pictures - for use in talks there is no problem, a mention of the source (e.g. "images from Nannotax3 website") would be nice, but we would not expect to be asked. For use in something like a museum display or in a publication then I should be contacted for copyright permission - or the original author if that is clear in the image data.
Higher resolution copies of images - most images are on the site at full resolution but the resolution of some SEMs has been reduced (especially those of modern coccolithophores). Again you or your friend would need to ask me if you hope there is a better resolution version.
Copying images from the site - the easiest way to do this is to do a screen grab.
tnanks for asking
Jeremy
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Jean Self-Trail (US)
Very nice! I really like how easy it is to navigate the site. I'm waiting to hear from Mike Styzen, who really wanted a comments field.
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Jarrett Cruz (INA FSU, US)
Love the new lay out! Runs smooth and navigating around the website is very easy.
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Jeremy Young (UCL, UK)
Cheers Jarrett - I can't claim much credit for the menu system but it does indeed work nicely
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Jeremy Young (UCL, UK)
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