FY2019 USGS NGGDPP Grant: IGWS FAIR Data Initiative 2019 – Geochemistry and Critical Minerals

Status Start Date End Date Locations
completed Jul 1, 2019 Jun 1, 2020 All Counties
Director: Jennifer Lanman
Other Researchers: Tracy Branam, Chris Dintaman, Agnieszka Drobniak, Lee Florea, Matthew Johnson, Maria Mastalerz, Patrick McLaughlin, Gary Motz Karen Like, four hourlies
Funding: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) - National Geologic and Geophysical Data Preservation Program
Issue: The Survey’s temporary move to new buildings while our home location undergoes renovation provided us with an opportunity to shine light into forgotten corners, centralize collection spaces, and motivate ourselves to reevaluate our collections and their current storage methods prior to our return to the IU campus. Available space is ever at a premium, and the pinch felt when lacking it is sharper for collections that expect continued growth. As the state’s sole repository of geologic materials, the IGWS is such a collection. However, through regular reassessment, organization, item-level cataloging, rehousing, and compilation of metadata, the IGWS will not only maintain, and in some cases reestablish, accessibility and discoverability of these resources, we will exert more control over the efficient use of our collections storage spaces.
Objective: Priority 1 - Evaluating and updating 114 existing metadata records in the National Digital Catalog (NDC); - Inventory and cataloging of 25 boxes of rediscovered geochemical specimens; - Processing sample metadata for International Geological Sample Number (IGSN) registration and ingestion into NDC; Priority 2 - Inventory, cataloging, and digitizing 204 linear feet of industrial minerals records - Inventory, rehouse, and compile condition reports for 7,500 geochemical specimens; - Processing sample metadata for International Geological Sample Number (IGSN) registration and ingestion into NDC; - Creating collection inventory metadata for ingestion in the NDC; Priority 3 - Identifying and providing digital access to publicly available drill core data and information for priority areas with the potential for hosting critical mineral resources; - Describing the relevant mineral information for mineral deposits and occurrences that host critical minerals; - Providing geospatial representation(s) of areas that delineate prospective areas or geologic belts with the potential for hosting critical mineral resources together with supporting datasets; and - Describing critical minerals assets to increase use and understanding, including creating metadata records for submission to the NDC.
Approach: The IGWS will apply geologic nomenclature from the System for Earth Sample Registration (SESAR) and recommended practices found in The New Museum Registration Methods published by the American Association of Museums for cataloging and rehousing geologic specimens. Recommended practices from the Library of Congress and Society of American Archivists will be adhered to while organizing, describing, cataloging, and digitizing paper records.
Products: Compiled metadata and content description records added to the National Digital Catalog, and obtaining IGSNs through the SESAR registry, making materials publicly searchable through two web interfaces.
Benefits: Adding to our publicly available and accessible data will allow us to enhance our service to our stakeholders while continuing to fulfill our responsibility as the state’s sole repository for geologic materials. By regularly reassessing, organizing, cataloging, rehousing, and compiling metadata, IGWS will provide FAIR data, and exert control over the efficient use of collection spaces.