GSA Data Policy for Publications
(Approved February 2014 by the GSA Publications Committee.)
The Geological Society of America (GSA) supports the preservation of geoscience data for the public good and urges public and private-sector organizations and individuals to routinely catalog and preserve their data and make it widely accessible. (See GSA’s Position Statements on Open Data Access and Geoscience Data Preservation.
All authors are encouraged to permanently archive new data they use in papers published with GSA in trusted repositories that:
- Maintain open access to data
- Provide long-term preservation
- Use persistent and unique identifiers
- Register metadata
- Include quality assurance
GSA encourages authors to follow established community standards for archiving specific types of data (see, for example, Deines et al., 2003; Renne et al., 2009; Schmitz, 2012, for standards of archiving radiogenic isotope data).
GSA also encourages placement of important geoscience samples in long-term and well-documented repositories or collections, such as at museums, geological surveys, or universities.
Deines, P., Goldstein, S.L., Oelkers, E.H., Rudnick, R.L., Walter, L.M., 2003, Standards for publication of isotope ratio and chemical data in Chemical Geology: Chemical Geology, v .202, no. 1-2, p. 1-4, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chemgeo.2003.08.003 (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0009254103002444).
Renne, P.R., Deino, A.L., Hames, W.E., Heizler, M.T., Hemming, S.R., Hodges, K.V., Koppers, A.A.P., Mark, D.F., Morgan, L.E., Phillips, D., Singer, B.S., Turrin, B.D., Villa, I.M., Villeneuve, M., and Wijbrans, J.R., 2009, Data reporting norms for 40Ar/39Ar geochronology: Quaternary Geochronology, v. 4, no. 5, p. 346–352, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quageo.2009.06.005 (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1871101409000946).
Schmitz, M., 2012, Radiogenic Isotope Geochronology, in Gradstein, F.M., Ogg, G., and Schmitz, M., The Geologic Time Scale 2012: Elsevier, p. 115–126, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-444-59425-9.00006-8.
Example Data Repositories
GSA will facilitate cross-referencing of data between published papers and outside repositories via use of DOI (Digital Object Identifier; www.doi.org) numbers whenever possible. The following list of repositories is provided as a resource and should not be considered a definitive list. GSA cannot guarantee the longevity of the repositories listed here, nor can it police any use or misuse of the data housed in them.
Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC)
IEDA (Integrated Earth Data Applications) is a partnership between EarthChem and the Marine Geoscience Data System.
EarthChem (http://www.earthchem.org/) provides repository services for the following data types: compositional geochemistry (elemental, isotopic); geochronology; petrography (modal compositions, sample descriptions); geochemical synthesis datasets; experimental datasets (e.g., kinetics data); sample metadata; technical reports; software tools (e.g., MATLAB® code, EXCEL® macros, etc.); images (photos, schematics, maps, etc.).
EarthChem integrated databases:
- PetDB (http://www.earthchem.org/petdb)
- SedDB (http://www.earthchem.org/seddb)
- Geochron (http://www.geochron.org/)
- North American Volcanic and Intrusive Rock Database (NavDat; http://www.navdat.org/)
- System for Earth Sample Registration (SESAR; http://www.geosamples.org/)
Marine Geoscience Data System (http://www.marine-geo.org/index.php/) includes:
- Academic Seismic Portal at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (http://www.marine-geo.org/portals/seismic/)
- Academic Seismic Portal at the University of Texas at Austin Institute for Geophysics (http://www.ig.utexas.edu/sdc/)
- Antarctic and Southern Ocean Data Portal (http://www.marine-geo.org/portals/antarctic/)
- GeoMapApp (http://www.geomapapp.org/)
- GeoPRISMS Data Portal (http://www.marine-geo.org/portals/geoprisms/)
- Global Multi Resolution Topography Data Portal (http://www.marine-geo.org/portals/gmrt/)
- MARGINS Data Portal (http://www.marine-geo.org/portals/margins/)
- National Deep Submergence Facility Data Portal (http://www.marine-geo.org/portals/ndsf/)
- Ridge2000 Data Portal (http://www.marine-geo.org/portals/ridge2000/)
- U.S. Antarctic Program Data Coordination Center (http://www.usap-data.org/)
CSIRO Data Access Portal (https://data.csiro.au/dap/home?execution=e1s1)
Natural Environment Research Council (http://www.nerc.ac.uk/research/sites/data/doi.asp?cookieConsent=A). Site includes links to:
- British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC; http://badc.nerc.ac.uk/home/)
- NERC Earth Observation Data Centre (NEODC)
- UK Solar System Data Centre (UKSSDC)
- British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC)
- Environmental Information Data Centre (EIDC)
- National Geoscience Data Centre (NGDC)
- Polar Data Centre (PDC)
- OpenGeoscience (https://www.bgs.ac.uk/opengeoscience/, NERC and BGS)
Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center (http://daac.ornl.gov/)
U.S. Geological Survey Coastal and Marine Geoscience Data System: http://cmgds.marine.usgs.gov/
Further Reading and Resources
GSA Position Statement “Open Data Access”
GSA Position Statement “Geoscience Data Preservation”