Recent enhancements and bugfixes to the Paleobiology Database. To report bugs with the website or data service, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- On 11/30/2016 A new version of the PBDB backend and web interface was launched. Now called Version 2, this version is supported by a true web application framework in conjuction with Wing, a modern web services toolkit. The result is greater efficiency, security and modularity of the system as a whole together with access to a host of advanced built-in features.
Added a new user-management system
- New global menubar with active reference indicator and Taxon quick search
- Numerous improvements to formatting and display of forms and output.
Main menu changes
- Authorizers have direct management control of enterers and students.
- Added password security.
- Optional addition of ORCID to user record.
- Advanced user management tools for the database administrators.
- Clarified database roles as Authorizer, Enter, Student and Guest.
- Automated sign-up (new account) and role promotion mechanisms.
- New user settings pages
- CAPTCHA question-response system to prevent bot signups
Front (aka Splash) page changes
- Changed the main menu layout which is now contextual based on users database role.
- New global header menu with additional features and menu choices.
Navigator diversity curve generator changes
- Improved the layout of the front page.
- Added a link to the changelog.
- Added database search links to front page.
Data Service Updates
- Added "save image" function.
- Added temporal and taxonomic resolution options.
- Changed layout.
Minor Bug Fixes
- Added a lookup table of geoplate_id and tectonic plate names to the definitions route.
- Added the ability to include private data in a download request
- Removed legacy download forms as the modern data service is more powerful, efficient and includes all of the same functionality.
- Fixed the paleocoordinate rotations to use a single EarthByte model. It formerly used a mixture of two models, which was creating erroneous results.
- Wright et al. (2013) Towards community-driven paleogeographic reconstructions: integrating open-access paleogeographic and paleobiology data with plate tectonics. Biogeosciences 10:1529-1541