In August's Scientist's Challenge, Leah Morgan from the Argon Geochronology Laboratory in Denver present their challenge of preparing for data release for a diverse group of geochemistry labs.
The Southwest Isotope Research Laboratory (SWIRL) is a group of labs that produce a variety of geochronological and geochemical data.
The groups have different custom machines and custom software for analyzing and viewing their data types. The metadata that is necessary for data reuse is also diverse for the different types.
Some work has been done in providing protocols and best practices for data reporting in the scientific literature. There is also work on applications for data management, e.g., www.geochron.org.
However the tasks of data release, metadata creation, and metadata review are mostly new to this group.
How can they get started on determining the best way for them to embark on improved and efficient data management that will aid their Data Releases?
There are many ways you can contribute to this challenge: suggest ideas or recommendations directly as a comment to this forum (you must be logged in), email Leah directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or email email@example.com and the CDI coordinators will pass on the information.