Reports from Other Database Projects

The North-east England Pollen Database (Kathryn E. Pratt: Durham Wildlife Trust, Low Barns, Witton-le-Wear, Bishop Auckland, DL14 0AG. k.e.pratt@durham.ac.uk). The North-east England Pollen Database (NEEPD) is an archive of pollen data from cores taken from throughout the North-east of England by a wide range of pollen workers. It brings together for the first time data from over 180 cores, both radiocarbon dated and non-dated, from around 150 site locations distributed fairly evenly across a range of landscape types found in the region. The database was set up as part of a Ph.D. research project carried out by the author between 1992-1996 jointly between the Departments of Biological Sciences (supervisor: Brian Huntley) and Archaeology, entitled Development of Methods for Investigating Past Settlement and Land-use using Pollen Data: A Case-Study from North-east England circa 8000 calibrated (cal.) years BC - AD 500. Although the North-east England Pollen Database operates on a far smaller level than the European Pollen Database and will be maintained as an ongoing project, it was decided to base the structure of the database upon EPD, with the aim of it being ultimately integrated into the larger European database. If you require further information, please contact the author at the above address.

Natural Environment Research Council (UK) (Helen Glaves: h.glaves@bgs.ac.uk). For data generated from a NERC funded project, scientists are obliged to lodge these data with a NERC data centre. Primary investigators are permitted a reasonable length of time in which to work exclusively on and publish results of their data. At present it is not possible to submit data generated from a NERC funded project to an alternative data centre, i.e. EPD or WDC-A for pollen data. The procedures or possible charges for obtaining these data from NERC are presently unclear.

BUGS (Paul Buckland, BUGS database). BUGS is a beetle database containing modern ecological as well as fossil data. The database, which contains information on approximately 5000 taxa, is currently developed in Microsoft Access. Modern distribution maps are now implemented, and eventually maps of fossil taxa will be made available. For any taxon, one may generate a list of site occurrences. or, alternatively, one may obtain the list of taxa for any site. One may also search by ecological requirements. The database is ~80% complete for Britain, and approximately 60% complete for Northern Europe. The database is public domain, and may be obtained from the WDC-A in Boulder or its mirror sites.

ABCD (Archaeobotanical Computerized Database) (Allan Hall, http://intarch.ac.uk/journal/issue1/index.html). This database contains macrofossil data from archaeological sites in the British Isles. The database is developed in Paradox. No plans are current to expand the database beyond the British Isles. The database is available from the Internet Archaeology journal.