for the Preservation of Samples & Cores
Committee for the Preservation of Samples & Cores Meeting Minutes (click on date to
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Committee on Core and Sample Preservation Meeting
June 4, 2001, Denver, Colorado
The committee met from 3:00 to
5:00 p.m., Monday, June 4, 2001 in the Gold Coin Room, Marriott City Center
Hotel, Denver, Colorado. Highlights of the reports and discussion:
- Chris Maples, Chairman of
the National Research Council study on Geoscience Data and Collections described
the study activities and schedule that will lead to a final report in March
2002. The NRC committee meeting in Denver June 7 ? 9, is scheduled to
include tours of the US Geological Survey Core Research Center, the National
Ice Core Laboratory, Denver Earth Resources Library and the Boulder National
Geophysical Data Center.
- Chris Keane and Marcus Milling,
American Geological Institute, provided an update of their work on the National
Geoscience Data Repository System: data is being incorporated into Geotrek
at an accelerating rate; funding for Geotrek is unsure when the current Federal
grant expires at the end of 2001; AGI is hoping that the March 2002 NRC study
will identify multiple government agencies that could provide future funding;
the site receives about 500 ? 600 unique users per month.
Comments from the committee
regarding Geotrek: the AGI needs to do more to publicize its accomplishments;
this committee should work with AGI to update the directory of repositories;
the Geotrek user interface is too slow and requires the user to know the type
of data needed rather than providing all data for a location; greater interaction
between AGI and the state repositories and regulatory agencies is encouraged.
The committee encourages
AGI to increase communication with public/state repositories, perhaps through
a periodic newsletter. This could contribute to increased the amounts
of data being provided to AGI. Communication of lessons learned and best
practices would also help states that are starting to automate their data.
- Tim Carr described the Kansas
Geological Survey online system for data management and distribution.
Committee members were impressed with the large variety of visual and tabular
data in the system and the ease of use. We asked Tim to provide
supplementary information on system costs and its links to Geotrek.
It was also suggested that the Kansas example might be incorporated in a ?best
practices? article for the AAPG Explorer.
- The committee proposed these
future actions: work with AGI to update the Catalogue of Data Repositories;
Explorer articles on ?best practices? for core preservation, the NRC
study, and/or use of core in research; develop presentation material on the
benefits of public/state repositories.
- A conference call will be
scheduled this summer to discuss implementation of next year?s activities
Edie Allison, Marvin Carlson,
Doug Patchen, Bob Hulse, Marcus Milling, Christopher Keane, Chris Maples, Dan
Halgerson, Bill Ellington, Tony Kolodzoij, Sherilyn Williams-Stroud, Chuck Noll,
Don Lewis, Larry Knauer, Julie LeFever, Bill Gwilliam, and Tim Carr.