British Geological Society has 3 million fossils, gathered over 150 years, at thousands of sites across the country. However, this massive set of ‘geological data’ is not much of use, sitting in boxes in the warehouse.
Now scientists world over are trying to create, what is being termed Deep-time Digital Earth (DDE), a network of earth science databases. In layman’s term, ‘geological google’.
“Once earth scientists are freed of the drudgery of combing scattered collections, he says, they will have time for more important challenges, such as answering “questions about the evolution of life, materials, geography, and climate in deep time.”