The topic was: Physical Samples in the Ocean Sciences. It was great to co-host with these terrific EarthCube groups – thanks to iSamples for providing lunch! Details:
This event was jointly hosted by the EarthCube groups:
iSamples Research Coordination Network,
CRESCYNT Coral Reef Science & Cyberinfrastructure Network, and the
SeaView Integrative Activity.
OSM attendees were invited, and we had a great discussion over lunch; we were also pleased to be joined by EarthCube’s Marine Annually-Resolved Proxy Archives group.
The discussion provided opportunities for researchers to learn about these collaborative groups, how they support digital and physical sample management, options for sample citation in publications, links to related content such as field expeditions, datasets, and ORCIDs for investigators, and to tell us about YOUR challenges with your sample collections, their curation, documentation, and preservation, and how you want to access and visualize data related to samples. The forum was also an opportunity to check out existing tools that can help you manage your samples. Participants of all levels and from all disciplines were encouraged to attend – and did. You can register your physical samples with SESAR to obtain IGSNs for unique sample identification.
On a related note – just prior to the Ocean Sciences Meeting, CRESCYNT was able to attend a workshop offered by SeaView, and we admire the work they’re doing to get data facilities, toolmakers, and domain scientists in the same room and on the same page in order to integrate disparate datasets. It’s an ambitious and groundbreaking practical project, and it was impressive to see people begin to address and solve some of the inevitable challenges of metadata interoperability.
We also had a great time hanging out at the EarthCube table periodically and talking with so many creative people who came by: scientists, tech people, underwater filmmakers(!), students ambitious for innovation… The conversations were a reminder that EarthCube is all about people and open sharing and integration of ideas.