Geoinformatics for Geochemistry (GfG) is a program that develops, maintains and operates digital data collections for geochemical and other sample-based data to maximize their application in research and education. The GfG system supports the long-term preservation, discovery, retrieval and analysis of geochemical and geoscience sample data and facilitates their integration with the broad array of other available earth science parameters through use of advanced information technologies and data management practices. GfG is a community-driven effort, conducting a wide range of outreach activities such as workshops, short-courses, lectures, and town halls to engage its users in the development and operation of its data systems, and to educate students, faculty, and investigators alike in scientific data management and the use of the data collections.
GfG system include:
- the EarthChem Portal that provides single point access to a network of geochemical data resources;
- the Geochemical Resource Library (GRL), a repository for geochemical datasets;
- Geochron, a data system for geochronological data;
- SESAR, the System for Earth Sample Registration, a registry for Earth samples that issues the International Geo Sample Number IGSN.
Databases within the GfG system are developed, operated and maintained by a joint team of disciplinary scientists, data scientists, data managers and information technology developers at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory as part of the NSF-funded Integrated Earth Data Applications (IEDA) data facility. As such, GfG systems are maintained and operated in a professional IT environment that offers the highest level of data management standards, risk management, continuous maintenance and long-term sustainability.