New DCO Initiative for Sample Repository Curation

A new DCO project aims to increase awareness and utilization of existing scientific collections that may contain samples of interest to DCO researchers. It will also provide best practices for curation of new samples collected as part of DCO field studies.

Recently, DCO and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation funded a proposal from a group of researchers at the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin, USA, to address curation of existing and novel scientific sample databases. The project’s goal is to increase awareness and utilization of existing scientific collections that may contain samples of interest to DCO researchers, as well as from field studies conducted by researchers of all four DCO Communities (Deep Life, Deep Energy, Reservoirs and Fluxes, and Extreme Physics and Chemistry). The project will also provide best practices with respect to curation, and provision of access to, new samples collected as part of DCO field studies.
 
"Our team is very excited to work on this project with DCO," said PI Beverly Blakeney DeJarnett. "We look forward to helping increase the value and usage of existing scientific samples by DCO scientists, as well as scientists from related earth science research initiatives. Our rich experience with geologic curation and our collaboration with other researchers active in the field of scientific data repositories and cyberinfrastructure are critical to the success of this project."
 
At the conclusion of their work, the team plans to write an open access report, available on the DCO website, that will include a list of U. S. and international repositories, as well as assessments of the types of geologic materials housed in the various repositories and under what conditions they have been stored. This project will result in new knowledge immediately accessible by DCO researchers to help them as they plan their sampling programs.
 
Anyone interested in the project should contact group leader Beverly Blakeney DeJarnett
 

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