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Tuesday, January 26 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Kickoff meeting of the Physical Sample Curation Cluster

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The Physical Samples Curation Cluster is a forum for the community supporting physical samples in the earth, space, and environmental sciences which includes but is not limited to geological and biological samples.  The cluster’s goal is to enhance discoverability, access, and use of sample collections.

At the ESIP 2020 Summer session, we brought together those interested in physical samples to discuss developing a centralized space within ESIP, which resulted in the founding of this cluster. In addition, we created a list of community needs and issues which we might tackle as a community.

The goal of our inaugural session will be to review these potential actives and discuss next steps. The list includes developing a webinar series to highlight existing tools and services, and creating working groups to address topics such as metadata interoperability, resources and infrastructure, and identifiers and citations.

We invite researchers, professionals such as curators, collection managers, and registrars, cyberinfrastructure providers and developers, and the user community to join this session to help shape the future of this cluster.

  • Introduction (10 minutes)
  • Presentation on FAIR (10 minutes)
  • Breakout activity to design cluster working group activities:
    • Introduction to breakout activity (5 minutes)
    • Breakout group discussions (25 minutes)
    • Group reports; 3 minutes per group (12 minutes)
    • Community discussion on group recommendations (20 minutes)
  • Wrapup (8 minutes)
How to Prepare for this Session: Review the Cluster statement and the meeting notes from the ESIP 2020 Summer Session. These two documents will provide foundation for the discussions during the session.

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Sarah Ramdeen

Data Curator, Columbia University

Tuesday January 26, 2021 1:30pm - 3:00pm EST
Room 1
  Breakout Session, Breakout Session