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Osteometric Database of Vertebrates in the Caucasus (ODVC)

par Myriam Méziou - publié le , mis à jour le

1. Scope

The recent growth of zooarchaeological research in the Caucasus has led to the production of a large volume of osteometric data. Due to the difficulty of publishing raw data, we saw the necessity to set up a tool to store osteometric data and make them available to other researchers.

2. Citation, credit and access

The Osteometric Database of Vertebrates in the Caucasus will be published as a citable resource. All data contributors will be listed as co-authors on the project. As the project grows, so will the list of co-authors. Updates to the citation will be made after each contribution during the 2 first years and then biannually.

The Osteometric Database of Vertebrates in the Caucasus will be hosted on the website of the laboratory Archéozoologie, Archéobotanique : Sociétés, Pratiques et Environnements (UMR 7209, MNHN/CNRS) and accessible to the sole contributors (it will be password protected). Researchers interested in submitting data should contact the editor who will provide them with the password allowing access to the database file. In the future, the database will be published as open-access.

3. Data included in the database

The Osteometric Database of Vertebrates in the Caucasus aims at hosting any osteometric data from any vertebrate specimen retrieved from any location in the Caucasus. The definition of the Caucasus in this project follows the definition of the Caucasus Ecoregion by the WWF (see map) and includes the entirety or part of Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, Turkey and Iran.
The chronological range spans the Pleistocene and Holocene through the present (i.e. modern specimens).
The database can host any type of measurement, although the contributor may be asked to provide a published reference for the definition of a measurement.

4. How to contribute

Researchers interested in submitting data to the Osteometric Database of Vertebrates in the Caucasus can request the Excel template to the database Editors (Rémi Berthon and Saiji Arai) or send their own excel files which will be edited.

Contributors can send data (and later corrections to the data) at any time. The aim of the project is to be ongoing. During the growing phase (first two years), the database will be updated as often as new data are submitted. From then on it will be updated twice a year.

5. Acknowledgments

The Osteometric Database of Vertebrates in the Caucasus is supported by the laboratory Archéozoologie, Archéobotanique : Sociétés, Pratiques et Environnements (UMR 7209, MNHN/CNRS) and the team Bases de Données sur la Biodiversité, Ecologie, Environnement et Sociétés (BBEES) (UMS 3468, MNHN/CNRS) (http://bbees.mnhn.fr/).

Map of the Caucacus ecoregion
Map of the Caucacus ecoregion