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-** What kind of samples (tauber trap, core top, moss polster etc) are you looking for? ** We are looking for any sample that represents a composite picture of vegetation cover over decadal timescales comparable with most fossil pollen samples, such as a core top, moss polster etc. The sample should represent a time window of around 10+ years. For annual or sub-annual data, we suggest that you contact the Pollen Monitoring Program ​[http://​www.cricyt.edu.ar/​paleo/​pmp/​pmp.html]+** What kind of samples (tauber trap, core top, moss polster etc) are you looking for? ** We are looking for any sample that represents a composite picture of vegetation cover over decadal timescales comparable with most fossil pollen samples, such as a core top, moss polster etc. The sample should represent a time window of around 10+ years. For annual or sub-annual data from pollen traps, we suggest that you contact the [[http://​www.cricyt.edu.ar/​paleo/​pmp/​pmp.html|Pollen Monitoring Program]]
    
 ** How many samples do I need to submit? ** There is no minimum to the number of samples you can submit. Even just one sample can be very valuable, especially if it comes from a region that is currently under-represented in the database. ** How many samples do I need to submit? ** There is no minimum to the number of samples you can submit. Even just one sample can be very valuable, especially if it comes from a region that is currently under-represented in the database.
  
-** What is the geographical area of the database? for instance is Greenland included? ** We are accepting ​samples ​from Europe and Northern Eurasia including ​the whole of RussiaNorth Africa and the Middle EastIceland and Svalbard are included, but Greenland ​is the responsibility ​of the North American Pollen Database [http://​www.neotomadb.org]. If in any doubt, please just ask.+** How modern ​is a modern surface sample? ** Most samples ​represent ​the last 50 yearsbut we also accept older samples up to 250 years ago (for instance a 'core top' sample) if the age is reasonably well knowAn age estimate ​is provided for all samples where possible so that users can choose ​the age range of the samples that they want to work with.
  
-** Where can I download ​the current ​database? ** Just follow ​the links here on the wiki +** What is the geographical area of the database? for instance is Greenland included? ** We accept samples from Europe and Northern and Central Asia including the whole of Russia, North Africa and the Middle East. Iceland and Svalbard are included, but Greenland is the responsibility of the [[http://​www.neotomadb.org|North American Pollen Database]]. If in any doubt, please just ask.
  
-** I don’t have any samples to share/I gave you all of my samples last time- can I still participate? ** Yes. We are also looking for volunteers to help process ​the submitted ​data files+** How long will it take before ​my data is made public? ** Processing all of the data files and updating the database will take some months, but all of the data submitted is immediately available to anyone who requests it. We will shortly be establishing a '​pending data' download site where the raw data files can be accessed whilst waiting to be incorporated into the database.
  
-** Can you provide funding? ** Unfortunately ​the EPD cannot provide funding. Everyone working on the project is an unpaid volunteer. However, we could help for instance write a letter of support if you wanted to apply for funding from a different source.+** Where can I find the current database? ** Just follow ​the link [[empd_download_database|take me to the EMPD database]] where you can download the database, associated publications,​ google earth files, as well as biome and climate data.
  
-** What is the European Pollen Database (EPD)? ** The EPD is a freely accessible scientific database ​for late Quaternary fossil and modern pollen ​data, maintained largely through ​the voluntary efforts of the scientific communityYou can find out more about the EPD from the wiki here.+** I don’t have any samples to share / I gave you all of my samples last time- can I still participate? ** Yes! absolutely. We are also looking ​for volunteers to help process the submitted ​data filesharmonise ​the taxonomy, find missing metadata and generally work on getting ​the data into shape for the databaseWe also need help with the analysis and writing of the co-authored paper.
  
-** What is the Neotoma database? ** Neotoma ​is a new global multi-proxy palaeocological databaseThe EPD is in the process of being absorbed into Neotomaalong with all of the other regional pollen databases that used to form the Global Pollen Database+** Can you provide funding? ** Unfortunately the EPD cannot provide funding. Everyone working on the project ​is an unpaid volunteerHoweverwe could help for instance by writing a letter ​of support if you wanted ​to apply for funding elsewhere.
  
-** I also have fossil pollen data from a corewhat should I do with it? ** Please  +** What is the European Pollen Database (EPD)? ** The EPD is a freely accessible scientific database for late Quaternary ​fossil ​and modern ​pollen data, maintained largely through the voluntary efforts of the scientific communityYou can find out more about the EPD from the wiki here.
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-In the first appeal for data in 2011 we received almost 5000 surface samples from around EuropeIt has been made clear however that many people did not have the chance to participate in the last appeal, or if they did, they subsequently found they had more data +
  
 +** What is the Neotoma database? ** Neotoma is a new [[http://​www.neotomadb.org|global multi-proxy palaeocological database]]. The EPD is in the process of being absorbed into Neotoma, along with all of the other regional pollen databases that used to form the Global Pollen Database. ​
  
 +** I also have fossil pollen data from a core, what should I do with it? ** Please submit any fossil pollen data [[http://​www.europeanpollendatabase.net/​contribute/​|here]]. You also have the opportunity to write a short report about the data you are submitting and get it published in the journal [[http://​www.europeanpollendatabase.net/​wiki/​doku.php?​id=epd_data_submission_and_grana_publication|'​Grana'​]]
  
  
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