Preservation of geoscience data and materials in the United States is currently the responsibility of a set of disparate facilities and programs. There are no national standards, procedures, and protocols for the collections and minimal coordination between responsible parties. Although some collection facilities are excellent, more commonly, data and materials reside in inadequately cataloged, overfilled, and disorganized storage areas that were not designed as data repositories. Many Federal and State geological repositories are at or near capacity and are unable to accept additional materials.
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-58, Sec. 351) established the NGGDPP in the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and outlined the following goals:
Data Preservation Partnerships
The Program, administered by the USGS, comprises State geological surveys and agencies within the DOI that maintain geological and geophysical data and samples. Together these diverse groups are working to:
The focus of NGGDPP activities is currently limited to State geological surveys that elect to participate and agencies with the DOI. However, valuable collections exist elsewhere and partnerships with industry and academia are encouraged to preserve additional archival material.
Publication sponsored by the National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program providing guidance for preservation and management of scientific collections:
The U.S. Geological Survey Geologic Collections Management System (GCMS) - A Master Catalog and Collections Management Plan for USGS Geologic Samples and Sample Collections
by the Geologic Materials Repository Working Group
Available at: http://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/1410