The European Pollen Database (EPD) aims at storing and developing a relational database containing data and metadata of fossil and modern pollen records from natural archives (lacustrine sediments, peat bogs, marine sediments) collected on the Eurasian continent. The goal of the EPD is to develop an open platform to foster the scientific study of long-term palaeoecological records to address various themes such as biogeography, vegetation history, ecosystem conservation. In addition, the EPD community strives at delivering the knowledge gained to the wider public (schools, non-scientific public).
The main philosophy of the EPD is data sharing. Hence, all data analysts and software developers are strongly encouraged to make their end-products available to the reserach community.
The EPD is a collaborative non-profit structure made available free of charge to the scientific community. It is developed and managed on an entirely volunteer basis by data stewards.
The EPD has been supported financially by the Aix-Marseille University since 2007 and by other institutions through the work of data stewards.
Inclusivity and code of conduct in EPD meetings and workshops
Everyone involved in our meeting is expected to show respect towards fellow attendees, staff, the organising committee and all others participating.
Our meetings will create an environment that recognizes the inherent worth of every person and group, that fosters dignity, understanding, and mutual respect, and that embraces diversity.
The EPD organizing committee expects all interactions between attendees to be respectful and constructive, including interactions during sessions.
Unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated. Examples of unacceptable behaviour include, but are not limited to, bullying, intimidation, inappropriate or unwelcome sexual attention, continuous disruption of events or interference with participation or opportunity for participation of other people.