for the Preservation of Samples & Cores
Committee for the Preservation of Samples & Cores Meeting Minutes (click on date to see the minutes):
COMMITTEE OF PRESERVATION OF CORES AND SAMPLES
Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2000
The primary objective of the
committee over the past year has been to publicize the value of core and samples
and the risk for permanent loss of core collections to the petroleum geoscience
community. This builds on prior
years? efforts to survey existing repositories and support American Geological
Survey?s (AGI) efforts to increase public access to cores and information on
preserved cores. In the coming
year, the committee will expand its efforts to publicize the importance of core
preservation to a broader audience including petroleum engineering, mining and
paleontology professionals. The
committee will also seek ways to assist existing repositories in preserving
and cataloguing core and sample material.
UPDATED MISSION STATEMENT
The committee expanded its
mission statement to include data attributable to core and samples as well as
the rock material. The following
revised mission statement was sent it to the AAPG Executive Committee February,
of the AAPG Committee on Preservation of Samples and Cores is to promote collection,
preservation, and utilization of samples and cores as well as those data directly
attributable to this rock material to include core analysis, sample descriptions,
and stratigraphic assignment. Specifically
inclusive would be photographs, petrographic data and descriptions, photomicrographs,
porosity, permeability and other rock data, all of which could be digitized
and stored in compact storage facilities.
A priority is placed on identifying established repositories and constructing
automated linkages between potential users and the data listings of these archives.
The committee will encourage and support both the AAPG membership and
any other individual or appropriate organization in accomplishing this mission.
SURVEY OF RELIANCE ON CORE
FOR AAPG BULLETIN ARTICLES
Carlson, Bob Hulse, and Doug Patchen surveyed two groups of AAPG Bulletin articles,
recent (1996-99) and before the oil price collapse in the mid-1980s, and 1999
Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Eastern Section presentations.
They found that 38% of AAPG Bulletin articles published in 1979-1981
depended on core. The importance
of core preservation was compounded by the fact that 70% of core was from company
or government repositories. In
the period 1996-1998, the proportion of core-related articles increased slightly
to 42%, showing that core dependence increased even as petroleum geology became
more computer based. SPE presentations
were much less dependent on cores;14% depended on core, including quarry cores
and core analysis data. This data
formed the basis for a display at the National Meeting in New Orleans.
ON CORE PRESERVATION
committee has encouraged and contributed to the development of two articles
on the need for core repositories. One written by Scott Montgomery was published
in the November 15, 1999, issue of the Oil and Gas Journal. The
second is expected to be published in the July Explorer.
AT NEW ORLEANS NATIONAL MEETING
table display highlighting the importance of core preservation to the work of
geologists and providing a brochure on the location and websites of public repositories
received a large number of visitors at the exhibition at the New Orleans meeting.
Similar exhibits are planned for many of the upcoming AAPG section meetings.
part of the standard web pages we have instituted for our committee, we are
providing information about core issues, e.g. Scott Montgomery?s article, and
a ?hotlink? to the AGI directory of geoscience data repositories.
RESEARCH COUNCIL STUDY ON THE PRESERVATION OF GEOSCIENCE DATA AND COLLECTIONS
National Research Council Board on Earth Sciences and Resources plans a study
of issues and options for geoscience data preservation, including the roles
of public and private sectors. A
report and recommendations will be produced.
The study is supported by government agencies including the Department
of Energy, US Geological Survey, and National Science Foundation and by organizations
including the American Geological Institute, Petrotechnical Open Software Corporation
(POSC), Smithsonian Institution, Geological Society of America, and the Paleontology
Society. This committee has submitted
a proposal to the Executive Committee requesting AAPG funding of this study.
1998 resolution in support of the National Geoscience Data Repository System
prepared by this committee is the basis for a draft Policy Statement on the
?Preservation of Geological and Geophysical Data? prepared by the Government
Affairs Committee for consideration by the Executive Committee.
Core and Sample Preservation Committee supports broad distribution of
the final policy statement to both government and industry decision makers.
Edith C. Allison, Chair
June 22, 2000