Recent News

  • Upcoming Webinar: Contributing data to IEDA EarthChem and MGDS

    Jun 2013. Join us for a webinar on Contributing data to IEDA EarthChem and MGDS


    When: Monday, July 8th, 2-3p EDT


    There will be presentations, demos, and Q & A for the following topics:


    Sign up at the following link:


    For questions or comments, contact

  • International Data Rescue Award in the Geosciences

    Apr 2013.  IEDA and Elsevier have launched the 2013 International Data Rescue Award in the Geosciences challenge. The award has been established to improve the preservation and access of research data in the Geosciences, particularly of dark data, and to share the varied ways that these data are being processed, stored, and used. The winner of the challenge will receive a $5000 prize at the American Geophysical Union meeting in December 2013.


    Members of the international geosciences community who have worked or are working on projects that have advanced preservation and access of research data are invited to submit a description of teir project to the challenge. Specifically, we are interested in receiving submissions from groups who have developed and completed projects which either:


    1. Digitized content that has formerly been available in only analog or obsolete elecronic formats, including the addition of rich metadata to make this content more easily accessible and re-usable.
    2. Developed data standards, tools, and processes that facilitate and improve the ingestion of research data with rich metadata into sustained, openly accesible community databases.


    See for full details, or contact the organizers:


    Submissions are due by October 13, 2013.

  • New versions of PetDB and SedDB released

    Apr 2013.  EarthChem has released new versions of the PetDB and SedDB web applications, offering several improvements and new features. Visit the IEDA feedback page to submit your ideas for new features and improvements, browse other suggestions, and vote for ideas that you like! 


    PetDB version 2.5.0

    • Map search has a new click and draw interface.
    • The MGDS GMRT (Global multi-resolution topography map) is now the basemap for Sample Info, Station Info, and Result View map pages, providing more detail of sea floor topography.
    • The PetDB Reference page displays data entry status and comments.
    • Users may download an excel spreadsheet of a single reference showing all data entered for the reference. Once a Publication (Reference, Author) search is started and results are shown, the button is under "Download Reference -> Excel" in the "Select Reference" display.


    SedDB version 1.3.3


  • IEDA Invites Applications for Data Rescue Mini-Awards

    Mar 2013. IEDA (Integrated Earth Data Applications), the NSF data facility that operates EarthChem and the Marine Geoscience Data System, is looking to grant four 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 will be 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 will 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". Preferred data sets are geochemical analyses of igneous rocks and marine sediments, and marine geology and geophysics data. Depending on interest and success of this pilot project, IEDA hopes to continue funding mini-awards like this in future years.

    Applications (maximum 3 pages) should be submitted by April 5, 2013, to IEDA Director Kerstin Lehnert (, and should include

    • a brief description of the data sets that will be assembled, such as type of data, volume, format (.xls, .txt, grids, etc.), and current status (e.g. on tape, on paper, on-line, etc.)
    • a statement that explains the relevance of the data set(s) for future re-use
    • a project plan how the successful completion of the project will be achieved and to what extent IEDA staff is needed to assist. For sample-based data such as geochemical analyses, the sample archiving situation should be discussed.
    • a budget outline

    The IEDA User Committee will review all applications and select awardees based on the scientific relevance of the data sets and prospect of the project¹s successful completion. Funded projects will need to complete the data compilation and documentation by September 30, 2013. IEDA staff will work with each awarded investigator or group of investigators to help identify needed documentation, and will provide guidance and tools to facilitate data documentation and transfer.