The data associated with museum collections are essential components for many types of analysis. Geodetic information, such as latitude and longitude, in particular, are necessary in the analysis of paleontological data sets when investigating the effect of climate change on biodiversity. However, the release of geodetic information can be problematic when those data are used to deplete paleontological resources. This problem and others (such as overcollecting and impact on sensitive ecosystems) are discussed in all disciplines of natural history. Herein we discuss the problem as it pertains to paleontological collections, with particular reference to collections and digitization objectives in the USA, discuss strategies employed for data redaction, and make the case for allowing almost all locality data to be released in the interest of science and an obligation to the public.

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