IEDA Data Rescue Efforts

IEDA has run a program for Data Rescue Mini-awards as part of a Data Rescue Initiative. This initiative is intended to ensure that valuable legacy data sets that are in danger of being lost in the near future due to impending retirement or degradation of the original data source are preserved and made accessible to the community for re-use by inclusion in the IEDA data collections (EarthChem, Marine Geoscience Data System, SESAR).

Priority is given to datasets that are deemed to have the highest impact on future research by virtue of one or another unique characteristics such as quality, size, rarity, unique location or data type. The mini-grants provide funds to investigators at the level of $7,000 (maximum) for each project to support proper compilation, documentation, and transfer of data sets to IEDA. We specifically encourage applications from late-career and near-retirement investigators, who are in possession of unpublished data that they cannot otherwise share and preserve.

Data sets must be consistent with the IEDA mission “to support access and preservation of solid earth data from the earth, ocean, and polar sciences.

2014 awardees

  • Tobias Fischer (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque) – Legacy Russian Volcanic and Hydrothermal Gas Data
  • Philip Janney (Universty of Cape Town, South Africa) – Geochemical Data for Classic Southern African Mantle Xenolith Suites Curated in the ‘Mantle Room’ Collection, UCT
  • Michael Rhodes (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) – Major and Trace Element Data of Hawaiian Lavas from Volcanoes on the Island of Hawaii

2013 awardees

  • John Delano (University of Albany) – Lunar Sample Geochemistry
  • James B. Gill (University of California, Santa Cruz) – Fiji, Izu, and Endeavour Samples and Geochemistry
  • Maurice Tivey (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) – High-resolution Near Bottom Magnetic Data