REDUCE, REUSE, RESCICOLL: HOW TO CREATE A SCIENTIFIC LEGACY THROUGH PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT OF SCIENTIFIC WORKING COLLECTIONS
ReSciColl supports the 2019 USGS scientific collections management policy and accompanying guidance with a standards-based metadata ingest function and map and keyword search capabilities to facilitate the discovery of resources. The policy implementation guidance outlines the lifecycle of samples collected for research from initiation of a Project Work Plan to the many options for proper documentation and disposition following research. It is our goal to provide help with the implementation of this policy by USGS researchers and to illustrate the benefits of these tools. Benefits include: reuse and reanalysis of materials, especially as new technologies emerge; increased accessibility of physical samples and materials for underrepresented groups; reduced or eliminated investment in new sample collection (i.e., field work), storage, and maintenance; increased opportunities for education and outreach; added value to USGS science through the promotion of FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reproducible) practices for scientific collections; and increased collaboration, citation, and continuation of scientific progress. The utilization of the policy allows USGS scientists to be good stewards of their scientific collections and solidifies their legacy within the USGS as it prioritizes science for a changing world.