Space in the dataARC tool
When you search for data now, your results include all the data where the findspot or sample location is within the search area. Ideally, the results would include all the data valid for your search area. Why isn’t it this way already? Modeling the spatial area for which a given piece of information is relevant is a tricky exercise. Do animal bones from a midden on a farm tell you only about that farm, that farm and its neighbors, or the economy of the whole region? The bones may tell you different things at each of these extents. Developing a system for modeling the spatial extents of different data types is part of the research community’s ongoing work.