National Paleontological Collection (NPC)

The National Paleontological Collection (NPC) is one of the “Nationally Significant” collections and databases recognised by the New Zealand government. In addition to systematic reference collections of macro- and micro-fossil taxa from New Zealand and surrounding areas, including Antarctica and New Caledonia, the NPC includes a large number of type and figured specimens, as well as some important historical collections and a small amount of foreign reference material. Notably, the NPC also hosts the only International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Micropaleontological Reference Centre located in the Southern Hemisphere. The collection is housed at the GNS Science Avalon campus. Catalogue information is digital and available online. Information pertaining to the type material is accessible to the public from the GNS Science web site. DOI: Cite as: GNS Science. (2008). National Paleontological Collection (NPC) [Data set]. GNS Science.
Hosted By: GNS Science
Category: Geology
Keywords: fossil, collections, paleontology, curation, sample, holotype
Data Quality
Parameter Score Description
Accessible (AC) Medium Data are accessible via personal contact or intermediate application
Common Format (CF) Good Data are available in a commonly used format (syntax)
Data Lineage Statement (DL) Good Data are well described in terms of their origins, modifications and processing history
Data Quality Statement (DQ) Poor Data lack any description of their content quality, completeness or consistency
Governance (GO) Good The contributing organisation (CRI) has ownership or recognised stewardship of the data
Identifiers (ID) Good Both metadata and the data are described with a unique identifier
Terms of use (TU) Good A data licence is easily accessible and understandable
Last Updated (LU) Medium The last updated statement is ambiguous