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Data, Data, Data! What’s the future of the geochemical data-scape?


UGA Geology professor Paul Schroeder is part of a multi-authored peer-reviewed paper on data sharing benefits for the low-temperature geochemistry community.  Like many scientific communities, protocols or standards for publishing, citing, and versioning data sets in geochemistry have not been well developed.  The current “data-scape” includes mostly a street bazaar of repositories, which are found in journals and on managed websites (some behind paywalls). This wide variety of data is largely driven by the many different questions targeted by geochemists, as well as extremely different data structures, volumes, and complex metadata. The author group agreed that public sharing of data identified with globally unique and persistent identifiers should be done by placement in both structured and unstructured databases. The overall informatics paradigm needs to shift from “build a data repository, data will come” to “publish data online and let the cyber tools find.” Funding agencies should provide resources to register data sets and forge approaches that cross national boundaries.  This transformation of the data culture requires an emphasis on training future geoscientists in the management of data.  


The article appears in the journal Computers and Geosciences, and can be found at

Computer & Geosciences



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