Recent News

  • Restoration and Synthesis of Planetary Geochemical Data

    Feb 2015. There will be a meeting prior to the LPSC (Lunar and Planetary Science Conference) on the archiving of lunar (and other planetary sample) data, particularly on geochemical data (e.g., bulk compositions, microprobe mineral analyses, isotopic data, etc.). More details about the meeting are below.


    ...I think this is a very worthwhile project; having a searchable database encompassing the previous 45 years of Apollo sample data would be an invaluable resource to the science community. As an example of the type of data product that would be in the database, please see the following link.


    As food will be provided at the meeting, please send me an email indicating your level of interest in attending the meeting (e.g., yes, maybe).



    Dr. Ryan A. Zeigler
    Apollo Sample Curator
    NASA - Johnson Space Center


    Restoration and Synthesis of Planetary Geochemical Data
    Sunday, March 15, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m., Spring Meeting Room


    This event is for planetary scientists with personal archives of unpublished lunar and planetary sample data (geochemistry, mineralogy, etc.) and investigators who are interested in the development of lunar and planetary geochemical databases to discuss data recovery and learn how to compile, document, and publish their legacy data for inclusion in online databases (e.g., IEDA). We will show how these data will be synthesized and made searchable by demonstrating the PetDB data system that hosts similar data for terrestrial samples.

  • Release of PetDB v.2.8.5

    Jan 2015. PetDB has had multiple new versions released in the last quarter, PetDB v.2.8.3, PetDB v.2.8.4, and PetDB v.2.8.5. The new versions include several new features and bug fixes, including an improved display of the status of papers considered for inclusion in PetDB. Other features and fixes include:


    • New display of mineral inclusion data.
    • PetDB diamond and xenolith data now shown in the IEDA Data Browser
    • Updated code to improve security and prevent SQL injection attacks
    • Bug fix to disable hyperlinks on expeditions that are "Not Provided"
    • Deprecated the database field "data_entered" and updated the use of "status" instead, in order to better inform users of "In Queue", "In Progress", "Completed", and "Alert" papers.


    View the full PetDB Release Notes Page.


    Let us know what you think about the new versions by emailing, or by clicking the orange feedback button on the right-hand side of the webpage.

  • EarthCube iSamplES & CP4 AGU Early Career Forum

    Nov 2014. The iSamplES and C4P (Collaboration and Cyberinfrastructure for Paleogeoscience) Research Coordination Networks will be holding a joint event at AGU for early career scientists who deal with samples in their research.


    This is a lunchtime forum to meet and discuss creating and storing digital sample information, whether earth materials samples are solid, liquid, or gas, or even experimental run products. We will chat about developing best practices for sampling and preserving sample information to make our growing collections easily manageable and more useful.


    When: Thursday December 18, 2014 12:15pm-13:45pm
    Where: At AGU, San Francisco, CA


    Lunch will be provided, plus a limited number of stipends (cost of early registration) will be available to those who register for and participate in the forum.


    This forum is for graduate students and early career scientists (those within five years of completion of a Ph.D). The project is sponsored by the NSF Earthcube Research Coordination Networks iSamplES and C4P (Collaboration and Cyberinfrastructure for Paleogeoscience). The results will help guide planning and development of an “internet of physical samples” for the earth sciences.


    If you are interested, please fill out a simple application form by November 15, 2014.

  • Release of PetDB v2.8.1

    Sept 2014. The new version of PetDB, v.2.8.1, includes several new features and bug fixes, including improved map view near the poles and a new quick access button to the growing xenolith data collection. Other features and fixes include:


    • Modified Diamond search now defaults to Mineral analyses instead of Bulk Rock (because the vast majority of Diamond data is on mineral analyses).
    • New dynamic link to select PetDB vocabularies (on Vocabulary page)
    • Improved display of sample classifications by showing all classifications on a sample and which reference that classification came from.
    • New display of "In Progress" references in the Reference tab, allowing PetDB users to preview upcoming data related to their search query.
    • Bug fix to point popup links to the correct station on the Sample map page.
    • Bug fix to remove duplicate "Alteration" comments in sample view.


    View the full PetDB Release Notes Page.


    Let us know what you think about the new version by emailing, or by clicking the orange feedback button on the right-hand side of the webpage.