The Paleobiology Database (PaleoDB) is a non-governmental, non-profit public resource for paleontological data. It has been organized and operated by a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, international group of paleobiological researchers. Its purpose is to provide global, collection-based occurrence and taxonomic data for organisms of all geological ages, as well data services to allow easy access to data for independent development of analytical tools, visualization software, and applications of all types. The Database’s broader goal is to encourage and enable data-driven collaborative efforts that address large-scale paleobiological questions.
The Paleobiology Database (PBDB) was founded in 1998 by John Alroy and Charles Marshall. Fossilworks provides query, download, and analysis tools that utilize the Paleobiology Database's large relational database assembled by hundreds of paleontologists from around the world. Fossilworks is managed by John Alroy at Maquarie University.
As a publicly funded project, all code related to the Paleobiology Database is open source and can be found on Github.
The Paleobiology Database is managed by the Executive Committee, which sets overall database policy, oversees matters related to the PaleoDBâ€™s membership and access to data. The Committee consists of 12 members, including a Chair and a Secretary. The Chair is currently Mark D. Uhen and its Secretary is Jocelyn Sessa. Primary software development is actually being carried out at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the direction of Shanan Peters and Michael McClennen.