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Sampling Nature Webinar with Lindsay Powers, USGS | Friday, Sept 8

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    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.

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