Geoscience Data and Collections:: National Resources in Peril
Committee on Earth Resources, Committee on the Preservation of Geoscience Data and Collections, National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Board on Earth Sciences and Resources
National Academies Press, Sep 23, 2002 - Science - 128 pages
Geoscience data and collections (such as, rock and sediment cores, geophysical data, engineering records, and fossils) are necessary for industries to discover and develop domestic natural resources to fulfill the nation s energy and mineral requirements and to improve the prediction of immediate and long term hazards, such as land slides, volcanic eruptions and global climate change. While the nation has assembled a wealth of geoscience data and collections, their utility remains incompletely tapped. Many could act as invaluable resources in the future but immediate action is needed if they are to remain available. Housing of and access to geoscience data and collections have become critical issues for industry, federal and state agencies, museums, and universities. Many resources are in imminent danger of being lost through mismanagement, neglect, or disposal. A striking 46 percent of the state geological surveys polled by the committee reported that there is no space available or they have refused to accept new material. In order to address these challenges, Geoscience Data and Collections offers a comprehensive strategy for managing geoscience data and collections in the United States.
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What Are Geoscience Data and Collections and Why Are They Important?
Investment in and Commercial Value of Geoscience Data and Collections
Users and Beneficiaries of Geoscience Data and Collections
NATURE OF THE CHALLENGE
A National Shortage of space
Additional Sources of Loss of Geoscience Data and Collections
Inaccessible Geoscience Data and Collections
Discovery and Outreach
REGIONAL CENTERS A MODEL FOR THE FUTURE
Is One Too Few? Are 100 Too Many?
The Regional Centers Concept
Additional Roles and Responsibilities of the Federal Government
CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS
Priorities for Preservation of Geoscience Data and Collections
GEOSCIENCE DATA AND COLLECTIONS TODAY
Media Containing Subsurface Data
Rock and Mineral Collections
Other Data and Documentation
MANAGING GEOSCIENCE DATA AND COLLECTIONS CHALLENGES AND PRACTICES
Curation of Geoscience Data and Collections
Catalogies and Indexing
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS
PRESENTATIONS TO THE COMMITTEE
TYPES OF GEOSCIENCE DATA AND COLLECTIONS
ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS
NSF DIVISION OF EARTH SCIENCES EAR GUIDELINES FOR GEOSCIENCE DATA AND COLLECTIONS PRESERVATION AND DISTRIBUT...
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