2014 GSA Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia (19–22 October 2014)

Paper No. 288-3
Presentation Time: 8:30 AM


LEHNERT, Kerstin A., Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964, BOWRING, Sam, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, MIT, Cambridge, MA 02139, CUTCHER-GERSHENFELD, Joel, School of Labor and Employment Relations, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois, 504 East Armory Avenue, Champaign, IL 61820, DENSLOW, Michael, NEON, Inc, 1685 38th St., Ste. 100, Boulder, CO 80301, GIL, Yolanda, Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California, 4676 Admiralty Way, Suite 1001, 500 Pillsbury Drive SE Rm 672, Marina del Rey, CA 90292, HALLETT, Benjamin W., Earth and Environmental Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Jonsson-Rowland Science Center, 1W19, 110 8th Street, Troy, NY 12180, LENHARDT, W. Christopher, RENCI, 100 Europa Drive Suite 540, Chapel Hill, NC 27517, MOLINEUX, Ann, Non-vertebrate Paleontology Laboratory, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin, J.J.Pickle Research Campus, 10100 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78758, MOORE, Carla J., National Geophysical Data Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305 and NOREN, Anders J., Department of Geology and Geophysics / LRC, University of Minnesota, Limnological Research Center, 500 Pillsbury Drive SE Rm 672, Minneapolis, MN 55455, lehnert@ldeo.columbia.edu

Most Earth Science disciplines depend on the availability of samples collected above, at, and beneath Earth’s surface, on the moon and in space, or generated in experiments. Scientists from many Earth Science domains and even the US government have expressed the need to enhance access and sharing of scientific samples and collections (EarthCube End-User Domain workshops, http://www.earthcube.org/page/end-user-workshops; OSTP Memo, March 2014). The Internet of Samples in the Earth Sciences (iSamplES) is an initiative to address this demand. iSamplES aims to advance the use of innovative cyberinfrastructure (CI) to connect physical samples and sample collections across the Earth Sciences with digital data infrastructures to ensure and augment their accessibility for future analyses. Recently funded as an EarthCube Research Coordination Network by the US NSF, iSamplES strives to build, grow, and foster a new community of practice, in which domain scientists, curators of sample repositories and collections, museums, computer and information scientists, software developers and engineers, and technology innovators engage in and collaborate on defining, articulating, and addressing the needs and challenges of digital sample and collection management as a critical CI component.

A primary goal of iSamplES is to define community-endorsed best practices and standards for the registration, description, identification, and citation of physical specimens, building on, aligning, and integrating a range of disparate and so far poorly coordinated activities related to the digital management of both geological and biological samples, including the International Geo Sample Number (IGSN) and its implementing organization, IGSN e.V., the Biocode Commons Identifiers (BCID), Darwin Core, the System for Earth Sample Registration (SESAR), and existing and emerging software tools for collection management such as Specify and the Digital Environment for Sample Curation (DESC). iSamplES activities will include a stakeholder alignment process with surveys, in-person workshops, and outreach events, the creation of the isamplES knowledge hub (semantic wiki) and a registry of collections (as part of EarthCube’s CINERGI), and an early career engagement effort.

An iSamplES Town Hall will be held at the GSA meeting.