National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program

GCMS Samples Template

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The USGS NGGDPP provides a Microsoft Excel template for cataloging and managing metadata for GCMS collections.  This template is based on the preferred sample data recommended by the GCMS working group, and is explained in Appendix 2GCMS Preferred Sample Data (available at: The template may be used to guide the inventory and sample description. This template is available to download here.