State geological surveys are eligible to apply to grants under the National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program pursuant to the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Public Law 105-58, Sec. 351) and reauthorized in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Public Law 116-260, Sec. 7002). A university may submit a proposal on behalf of a state geological survey if the state geological survey is organized under a state university system. Other organizations are encouraged to participate in the grant program by partnering with eligible state agencies. Funding opportunities for the preservation of geoscience materials and data may be available to U.S. Department of the Interior bureaus as funding allows.
Preservation activities eligible for NGGDPP funding include:
- conversion of paper records and/or analog data to digital formats for preservation and digital access;
- updating digital data to new formats to maintain accessibility and usability, as older digital storage technology becomes obsolete and newer technology becomes available;
- preserving, digitizing, and updating paper or non-GIS geologic maps to the Geologic Map Schema (GeMS) format;
- utilizing the National Digital Catalog as an accessible trusted digital repository for file resources;
- describing geoscience assets to increase use and understanding, including creating metadata records for submission to the National Digital Catalog;
- preserving and/or rescuing time-dependent, unique geologic data or collections of significant value in imminent danger of loss from deteriorating physical surroundings, threat of disposal, loss of institutional knowledge, or rapidly deteriorating media on which they reside (e.g., data stored on magnetic tape or aging aerial photos); and
- enhancing or developing data archiving systems, databases, and web applications to enhance access, understanding, interpretation, and use of geoscience materials.