Electronic data publication in geochemistry

Publication Type  Journal Article
Year of Publication  2003
Authors  Staudigel, H.; Helly, J.; Koppers, A. A. P.; Shaw, H. F.; McDonough, W. F.; Hofmann, A. W.; Langmuir, C. H.; Lehnert, K.; Sarbas, B.; Derry, L. A.; Zindler, A.
Journal Title  Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems
Volume  4
Pages  -
Journal Date  Mar 29
ISBN Number  1525-2027
Accession Number  ISI:000181864500001
Key Words  metadata; geochemistry; database; information technology; cyberinfrastructure; sample characterization; general or miscellaneous : new fields (not classifiable under other headings); geochemistry : instruments and techniques; marine geology and geophysics

[1] Many disciplines of geochemistry have no data reporting standards, and their use of metadata is inadequately developed. This presents problems to the quality of the published science, and it limits the utility of computers in data analysis and the exploitation of Information Technology (IT). We discuss problems of data and metadata publication, in particular for geochemistry, and offer solutions to these problems in the form of consistent data publication formats and a proposal for publication of metadata in geochemistry. Metadata are grouped according to types (location, sampling, characterization), and this grouping allows for the transfer of these formats to other Earth science disciplines. In a companion paper [Helly et al., 2003], we illustrate how these metadata groupings can be used in an IT context. Formats presented here are comprehensive and allow for modification and expansion. It is the hope of the authors that this paper initiates a constructive discussion of data formats and metadata in geochemistry. The most recent contributions to this discussion may be found at http:\\earthref.org\metadata\GERM\.


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DOI  Doi 10.1029/2002gc000314