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USGS science makes use of physical samples, including rocks, fossils, and biological specimens. USGS scientific data has been recorded on physical objects, including paper, photographic film, sound recordings, and floppy disks. As data managers, we try to preserve physical materials that have continuing value. At this session, a panel of speakers will address the benefits, challenges, and requirements for preserving and digitizing physical materials; share some good examples; and discuss questions with session participants.

Science Support Framework Category: Science Data Lifecycle - Preservation

Author(s): Fran Lightsom ( - Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center