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Publication: U.S. Geological Survey Geologic Collections Management System (GCMS)

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

GCMS Cover ArtU.S. Geological Survey Circular 1410 "The U.S. Geological Survey Geologic Collections Management System (GCMS)—A Master Catalog and Collections Management Plan for U.S. Geological Survey Geologic Samples and Sample Collections" provides a guide for sample repositories to establish common practices for collection, retention, and disposal of geologic materials obtained by USGS researchers through the course of scientific investigations.  The GCMS Collections Management Plan provides a set of protocols and templates for the management of scientific collections, including guidance for the access, storage, transfer, and disposal of physical geologic samples and data, with the goal to standardize the curation of these samples and data, while improving their discovery and access by USGS and partner researchers.  Initially written for geoscientific sample collections, this plan’s flexibility allows repositories to adapt the practices best suited to their collections—including, but not limited to, geological, paleontological, biological, and hydrological scientific collections. This report was authored by the USGS Geologic Materials Repository Working Group, consisting of USGS scientists and collections managers, as well as outside collaborators from federal and state agencies. This report is available online through the USGS Publications Warehouse at http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/cir1410.  Printed copies are also available for distribution.  Please contact the USGS National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program at nggdpp@usgs.gov to request a free copy.