Recent News

  • EarthChem's Lehnert and Walker receive Distinguished Service Awards

    Sept 2013. On Thursday, August 29th, the Geochemical Society had the 2013 Distinguished Service Award Ceremony at the Goldschmidt Conference. EarthChem's Kerstin Lehnert and Douglas Walker were among the recipients of the award for "their long-running efforts to bring modern on-line data management to geochemistry." ..."Their contributions in data compilation and improvements to the standard of data reporting in the geochemical community are paving the way to a future where geochemical data can be efficiently preserved, easily and intelligently queried and discovered, and thereby be used for scientific discovery by the broad geoscience research and education community."


    Klaus Peter Jochum, Kerstin Lehnert, and Baerbel Sarbas

    receiving their Distinguished Service Awards. Not pictured is Douglas Walker.

  • Editors Roundtable at Goldschmidt 2013

    The Editors Roundtable that was established during the Goldschmidt Conference 2007 to develop recommendations for best practices in geochemical data publication will re-convene for the first time since 2008 at the upcoming Goldschmidt Conference 2013.


    The Editors’ Roundtable released a Policy Statement in January 2009 regarding ‘Requirements for the Publication of Geochemical Data’ to guide editorial policies and recommend best practices. Since 2009, many developments in public policies, digital publication capabilities, and scientific data infrastructure have impacted and substantially augmented the relevance of access and management of research data. It is therefore timely to take advantage of the upcoming Goldschmidt Conference and re-assemble the Editors Roundtable to assess the status of data publication practices and data access in geochemistry, and review and eventually revise the Editors Roundtable Policy Statement in the light of the new data landscape.


    If you are an editor or publisher and interested to join the Editors Roundtable, please contact

  • EarthChem Town Hall at Goldschmidt 2013 in Florence, Italy

    Please join us at the EarthChem Town Hall at the upcoming Goldschmidt Conference 2013!


    When: Monday, August 26, 2013, 12:30PM

    Where: Room L08 of the conference venue



    We will provide updates on recent developments in data publication and digital management of geochemical data and samples., including reports on recent workshops that have focused on the development of cyberinfrastructure, and other related initiatives. Topics will include:


    • Publication and Citation of data and samples; Editors Roundtable in Geochemistry
    • IEDA’s Data Rescue Initiative
    • Report on EarthCube workshop ‘Developing a Cyberinfrastructure Vision for Geochemistry & Petrology’
    • Report on workshop ‘Geomaterials Genome project’ (M. Ghiorso)
    • The Internet of Samples

    Looking forward to see you in Florence.


    For any questions, please contact



  • Release of PetDB v.2.6.1

    Jul 2013. Check out the new version of PetDB, v.2.6.1, with new features and bug fixes that allow new feedback mechanisms and easier ways to download and view relevant data and metadata.

    • New feedback buttons on the data download page: Have you ever reached the data download page and realized you had a comment or question about data from a specific reference? Click on the new feedback icons in the data download table to send an email directly to the PetDB managers. 
    • Tag-along data downloads allow you to add on additional data types, such as majors, traces, or isotope ratios, to your initial query for samples. This allows users to preserve their sample selection and download additional data, for those situations where repeating the query with new additional new data types would change the sample selection.
    • New Analysis Comment display for all data types displays more analysis metadata to the user.
    • New layout and style for the "Select Reference List Data" page when searching by Reference
    • Notification of "In Progress" papers on the Reference page
    • The Excel download option for PetDB References has been moved out of the public interface while improvements are being made. Email if you have questions about this.
    • Bug fix so that negative numbers can be entered into the map search boxes on the Chrome and IE browsers.

    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.