Samples Repository Collections Inventory

Science Center Objects

The collections inventory database for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center (WHCMSC) Samples Repository is published as a USGS data release (Buczkowski and others, 2018), and is available to search online through the Samples Repository’s inventory search interface.  Sample collections in the Repository can be searched and selected through a map interface, or by entering search criteria related to the platform the samples were collected from, the scientist responsible for collection, the field activity, the sample type, the device used to collect the sample, or the date when the samples were collected.

Selected entries can be viewed on individual search results pages linked from the results menu.  These results can also be downloaded from the database as comma separated value (CSV) file(s), which are accompanied by metadata.

Download the Entire Inventory 

Click here to download the entire collections inventory as CSV files along with metadata.

Database Structure

This collections inventory database consists of individual tables for each sample type identified in the USGS WHCMSC Samples Repository collections management plan (Buczkowski, 2018) and is built in PostgreSQL.

Relationship to Compass

Compass is the internal field activity management and data tracking tool of the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program.  This tool combines personnel information, data collection techniques, and technology coordination, as well as research vessel properties and other scheduling details, to provide information to researchers, managers, and administrators regarding field operations through the public-facing USGS Coastal and Marine Geoscience Data System (https://cmgds.marine.usgs.gov/).  The collections inventory database pulls information relevant to sample collection activities from Compass and incorporates it into the inventory search results to provide users with detailed and consistent information.

Updates and Versioning

This inventory represents a catalog of the scientific samples and sample collections curated and preserved by the Samples Repository.  Periodic updates to the database are documented on this page as they occur.

How to Search the Inventory

Click here to search the collections inventory

Use the magnifying glass icon to the left of the map to enter search criteria relating to platform, scientist, activity, and date. Dates must be selected using the calendar picker, and users must select a day for each entry. Selecting a year only will not yield any results.

To select samples from the map interface:

  • Use your mouse's scroll wheel to zoom in and out.
  • Shift+left-click to zoom to selection.
  • Ctrl+left-click to select by drawing a rectangle.
  • Left-click on a point to select an individual sample
  • Left-click anywhere on the map to clear the selection
  • The user selected records can be downloaded in a zip package with metadata.
    Samples Repository Collections map interface

    Map interface of Cores, grabs, dredges, slides, and other samples, primarily of marine, estuarine, and lacustrine sediments, curated at the USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center.

    Version History

    07/12/2018 – original publication date and release of the collections inventory