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Publication Notice: Directory of Public Repositories of Geological Materials

A new directory published by a team of state and USGS members improves the discoverability and visibility of public geological materials repositories throughout the U.S. and Canada. The directory and derivative web service provide a summary of repository holdings and characteristics, access policies, and contact resources.

The USGS National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program is pleased to announce a successful collaboration on the directory of public geological materials repositories throughout the U.S. and Canada. The repository directory team, which included state and USGS members, facilitated the compilation and publication of the results from the communication instrument, Questionnaire: Directory of Public Repositories of Geoscience Samples and Data.

The geospatial directory provides a summary of repository holdings and characteristics, access policies, and contact resources. The publication also includes a history of related activities and publications the repository directory team used as a resource during development. Annual updates are planned to accommodate directory additions and repository detail modifications e.g., changes in personnel, repository names, and holdings.

Publications

  • Arends, H., Dahl, D., Dejarnett, B.B., Harrison, W.B., III, Honey, J., Johnson, M.R., and KunleDare, M., 2021, Directory of Public Repositories of Geological Materials: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P9JMGRB3.
  • ArcGIS Online Web Service derived from 10.5066/P9JMGRB3 - Johnson, M.R., 2021, Public Geological Materials Repository Directory: U.S. Geological Survey - National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program (NGGDPP), https://doi.org/10.48637/YQ3S-FD26.

Acknowledgements

This directory was published with support by the American Association of State Geologists, Minnesota Geological Survey (Harvey Thorleifson) and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Additional supporting sponsors included the U.S. Geological Survey National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program and the Association of American State Geologists Data Preservation Committee. These additional agencies supported development of the directory through staff involvement: Delaware Geological Survey, Geological Repository for Research and Education at Western Michigan University, Michigan Geological Survey, and The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology.