The Digital Quarry Project
Dan Chure, Dinosaur National Monument Paleontologist, has always dreamt of making Carnegie Quarry a quarry for the world — a Digital Quarry viewable anywhere, anytime, and by anyone.
The Carnegie Quarry has a long history of excavation, scientific study, and public education, and a tremendous archival, written, and photographic record exists for it. However, much of that record has not appeared in print and remains generally unknown, even in the scientific community. Given this tremendous resource, the obvious question is how can all this be made readily available to anyone curious about the quarry and its ancient denizens. In the past the only solution would have been to write a book about it. But such a book, even if immense, could never be complete and include all relevant information. However, the web allows for the creation of a site accessible to anyone and readily altered and updated as new information becomes available. This on-going project is being conducted in stages:
Stage 1: High-resolution documentation of the modern and its bones
1. 2013. A photogrammetric composite photo of the quarry and its bones was done by Brigham Young University. This would serve as the basis for future digital mapping.
2. 2013. VIPs Ron and Beth Shugan work on digitizing the important Beidelmann Administrative Report and shooting some 5000 photos of bones taken off the quarry wall but in the museum collections at Dinosaur National Monument.
Stage 2: Digitizing maps
1. 2013- Brigham Young University digitizes 13-foot long historic quarry map.
2. 2014- Ben Otoo, summer Using digital maps from Stage 1, Geoscientist-in-the-Parks/GeoCorps of America Intern, creates vector-based maps of all bones on the present day quarry and on the historic quarry map. Brigham Young University loans Dinosaur the necessary digitizing pads and computers to do this work. This crucial a step, as these digital maps became the infrastructure for the Digital Quarry Project website.
Stage 3: Building the Digital Quarry 2015
1. Digitization over 1,000 archival documents regarding the modern and historic Carnegie Quarry
2. In addition, a demo version of Digital Quarry Project website was designed and created with infrastructure in place that will allow the site to be continually expanded and added to.
3. Documents and photos from step A were uploaded to website, and numerous sections on species, quarry history, people who worked at the quarry, etc. were written and uploaded. An interactive section of the present day quarry was uploaded allowing users to explore the fossils in the central part of the Modern Quarry.