Fellow Geo-nerds, do you know of an open access data-base that offers archival of outcrop scans (geo-referenced point clouds) & surfaces mapped on said scans, as well as geo-referenced grain-size distributions, geochemical analyses, sedimentary facies descriptions, etc.?
...and if your answer is "No" and you do collect such data for your research, how do you go about archiving your data?
And finally, if such a database did exist what else would you have on your wish list of options for such a database (besides point clouds, geo-ref'd samples & descriptions?
Some initial answers from Twitter include:
@CarlosGrohmann: For point clouds only, could @OpenTopography be a way?
@ZaneJobe: @Safaridb (https://safaridb.com/home) is a great start, ran by John Howell @Virtualgeol and Simon Buckley. Also check out http://virtualoutcrop.com . There is also the numerous gigapans by the late Ron Schott and gigamacros by @callanbentley, although I dont think they have support for surfaces...
Do we have other answers? How is this data released from the USGS? What is on your wishlist for releasing this kind of data?
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