[Esip-preserve] Call for sessions - ESIP winter meeting

Bruce Barkstrom brbarkstrom at gmail.com
Fri Oct 12 10:16:02 EDT 2012

As I recall, there are smallish number of references on the Web
to physical specimen preservation standards and curation.
I did have a chance to get deep into the biological specimen
part of the Smithsonian Institution, where one problem we don't
usually encounter is tippling from the pure alcohol that's used
for preservation of various animals.  The other difficulty for
preservation is the fact that museums and other collection
institutions close because of lack of funding.

If you get a copy of the Open Archive Information System
(OAIS) Reference Model, you'll find that this standard does
include physical objects in its UML diagrams.  It seems sensible
to separate the physical object preservation from the preservation
of digital data that the objects might produce.  For example on the
rock samples or rock cores, there's one kind of repository that
you'd need for the physical objects and another for the text strings
that would describe the stratigraphic terms of the classification,
as well as such entities as chemical composition, physical dimensions,
and the original location of the sample or core.  I suspect that these
data items fall under some kind of metadata standard for geological
materials, although I'm not sure exactly which groups would have
created them - maybe the American Geological Society or another
related professional organization.

Regardless of the technical details, welcome to the community.

Bruce R. Barkstrom
(current Agitator General or General Agitator)

On Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 9:45 AM, Denise Hills <dhills at gsa.state.al.us>wrote:

> Hi all,
> I'm relatively new to ESIP in general, and data preservation in
> particular, but it is definitely something that interests me. I would love
> to help work on a session (and maybe even take the lead, as long as I have
> support!). One thing I see missing from much of the data preservation
> discussion is how to handle physical samples.
> I believe we have made great strides in developing models and standards
> for digital data preservation - some great examples include the National
> Geothermal Data System (which I have been involved with), the USGS National
> Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program (which our agency has
> been involved with), and NOAA's Scientific Data Stewardship Program. These
> programs all mention physical samples, but do not yet have a clear path (at
> least that I've seen - although like I said, I'm new to this!) for
> standards and protocols for physical sample preservation, or at least
> preservation of as much information as possible before the physical samples
> further degrade.
> Would this be a topic worth pursuing at the Winter Meeting? What are other
> people's thoughts?
> Thanks!
> Denise Hills
> Geological Survey of Alabama
> On Oct 11, 2012, at 9:47 PM, "Ramdeen, Sarah" <ramdeen at email.unc.edu>
> wrote:
> Hello Everyone,****
> ** **
> We were not able to have a telecon meeting this month, but we do have an
> action item to work on.  Abstracts for the winter session are due by Oct.
> 31st.  (See details below concerning the theme and the process for
> submitting an abstract).  As a committee, is there a specific session we
> would like to host at the January meeting?  Please respond to the list if
> you would like to 1) contribute an idea and 2) if you would be interested
> in working on the session and 3) if you would like to take lead on the
> session.  I can work with those interested to develop an abstract if needed.
> ****
> ** **
> Thank you,****
> Sarah****
> ** **
> Message from Erin:****
> ** **
> The Winter Meeting theme is: "ESIP Advancing Earth Science Information:
> From Climate Assessment to Information to Action". Some initial text and
> goals of the meeting are on the wiki.
> http://wiki.esipfed.org/index.php/Winter_2013_Meeting****
> ** **
> During the month of October, please work with your collaboration areas to
> define sessions for this meeting. To submit a session abstract go to the
> ESIP Commons(commons.esipfed.org):****
> 1.            Create an account or login****
> 2.            Click Add Meeting Session in the grey bar at the top of the
> page.****
> 3.            Select Winter Meeting 2013 for event****
> 4.            Continue filling out the form. Disregard date, location -
> those will be added when sessions are scheduled.****
> 5.            Save the session and you will be directed back to the
> completed page with a yellow box at the top.****
> 6.            In a yellow box, click apply next to the submitted drop down.
> ****
> Please submit an abstract for every 90 min block you'd like to have. The
> deadline for session submission is Oct. 31.****
> ** **
> ** **
> Sarah Ramdeen PhD Student****
> School of Information and Library Science****
> University of North Carolina****
> ramdeen at email.unc.edu****
> http://ramdeen.web.unc.edu/****
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