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CompuStrat is the professional paleontologist's custom designed relational database manager, for assembly and application of illustrated paleontological databases in a modern working environment. CompuStrat originated as a robust sample-analysis program, and retains convenient features from this mode such as real-time feedback from image, assemblage, locality and range syntheses during data entry; nested image libraries with no restrictions on image formats and handling capacity; input autofill and standardization; and professional report printouts. User interfaces employ standard data operation commands and procedures.

Its uses range from professional biostratigraphy and paleobiogeography to collection management and public interfaces. In the Reader version bundled with databases on CD, it is used as a platform for illustrated resources in libraries and schools. CompuStrat runs multiple databases simultaneously, coordinating characterization, biozonation, age range, geographic location, bibliography, ecology, and other attributes that are specific to each group.

The number of species, and illustrations, that can be handled is limited only by the capacity of the computer. 140 data channels are available for characterizing each group, together with as many as 20 online image windows per specimen and unlimited offline image inventory. Data table relationships are graphically manipulated, and standard timescale, map, morphology, and other attributes can be edited or replaced by the user's preferences, while remaining keyed to permanent default states to allow error-free data exchange with other users. An intuitive data editor standardizes input and output terms, including input from user observations, and output to plotter, Photoshop, Excel. Based on 4th Dimension runtime for Mac, PowerPC, Windows.

NannOstrat for calcareous nannofossils, and SilicOstrat for silicoflagellates, are comprehensive illustrated databases of all currently recognized taxa (as well as synonymized and invalid names) in their respective group. The databases, created in CompuStrat Assembler, include coded age and geographic ranges, morphologic descriptions, systematics, synonymies, similarity lists, references, determination key models, and image libraries.



Compustrat Reader 1-10 copies ea.



(higher quantity discounts available)


CompuStrat 6.0 Assembler, single site



CompuStrat 6.0 Assembler, added copy (for LAN)



Compustrat 6.0 client-server license



(4th Dimension SQL server software is additional)

NannOstrat (Mesozoic)



NannOstrat(Cenozoic) (in preparation, 1999)



NannOstrat Mesozoic and Cenozoic (combined)




SilicOstrat (all silicoflagellates)



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PalaeoBase,from the Natural History Museum, London, is a series of fossil databases offered through Blackwells Publishers, London, beginning with brachiopoda and bryozoa in 1999. These databases, managed by an onboard CompuStrat Reader, are designed for classroom excercises in paleontology at the intermediate and high school level. Based on the Museum's extraordinary collections, the databases link selected (and spectacular) fossil pictures to nested, increasingly informative levels of documentation, in an intuitive context. A demonstration of PaleoBase shows CompuStrat's capabilities.

Computerized index for the Ellis and Messina Catalogues ("Flat DOS", runs under Windows 3.x, 95, 97). Super fast search of indexed data: finds and sorts entries in the Catalogue by any combination or partial string of taxonomic elements, author name, and date. 35 Mb dataspace required for Foram key, 20 Mb for Ostracoda, 3 Mb for Diatom. Quick and efficient way to find a catalogued species in its original combination.

Foram and Ostracoda





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