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Hi All – This is a quick reminder that the next Sampling Nature webinar is
tomorrow. Moving forward we will alternate times so that we can
accommodate more timezones. The call will be recorded and shared after as
well. Registration is here ->
Looking forward –
———- Forwarded message ———
From: Erin Robinson
Date: Wed, Aug 16, 2023 at 11:50 AM
Subject: Sampling Nature Webinar with Lindsay Powers, USGS | Friday, Sept 8

Hi All –
Please join the Sampling Nature RCN on
Friday, September 8 at 1pm ET for our 2nd webinar in the series with
Dr. Lindsay Powers, USGS on “Connecting Samples to the Research Ecosystem
through Documentation and Discovery Tools”
Register here
The abstract and Lindsay’s bio are below.
Please share with your networks and I hope to see you there!
*Webinar Abstract: *Physical samples are often expensive and irreplaceable
assets foundational to understanding the universe and its processes, and
they should be preserved and made available for ongoing or new research.
For these assets to be useful in this capacity, they must have descriptive
documentation and be readily discoverable to interdisciplinary users.
Persistent unique identifiers (PIDs) for people, organizations, data,
publications, scientific collections, and samples, greatly facilitate the
discovery of relevant physical samples for new research by connecting
samples to all elements of the research ecosystem.
The U.S. Geological Survey has improved tools to better document scientific
collections and samples and connect research assets through persistent
unique identifiers. Among these, the mdEditor is a metadata creation and
editing tool developed collaboratively with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
service to broadly facilitate rich metadata description for multiple domain
data, sample, and collection types. The mdEditor has been adapted to
create descriptions for physical scientific collections, which are
cataloged in the Registry of Scientific Collections (ReSciColl). In
addition, we are developing the AIS (Asset Identification Service) to
manage and provision persistent unique identifiers; DOIs for data,
publications, and scientific collections; International Generic Sample
Numbers (IGSN) for physical samples; PIDs for metadata records and others
as needed. ReSciColl provides the opportunity to include PIDs for people
(ORCID), organizations (ROR), collections data and publications (DOI), and
physical samples (IGSN). Consistent use of PIDs in our enterprise systems,
provides an explicit mechanism for asset interoperability and assures that
these valuable resources can be discovered and assessed for relevance for
new discovery.
*Speaker Bio: *Lindsay is trained as a multidisciplinary scientist with an
education and research experience in aquatic ecology, population genetics,
limnology, and paleoclimatology. Lindsay completed her B.A at Macalester
College, her M.S. at University of Montana, and her Ph.D. at the University
of Minnesota Twin Cities. Her current work at the U.S. Geological Survey
is primarily concerned with preserving, modernizing, and facilitating
access to scientific collections of physical samples. Lindsay is the
Program Coordinator for the National Geological and Geophysical Data
Preservation Program and Director of the USGS Geological Materials
Repository, home to the Core Research Center and the National Science
Foundation Ice Core Facility.