We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately”.

Benjamin Franklin

The OneGeochemistry Initiative

OneGeochemistry seeks to create a global geochemical data network that facilitates and promotes discovery and access of geochemical data through coordination and collaboration among international geochemical data providers.

  • Develop internationally endorsed best practices for FAIR geochemical data.
    • Define requirements for data documentation (method, samples, data quality, etc.)
  • Develop and implement interoperability standards for geochemical data to enable machine-to-machine exchange and integration of geochemical data.
    • Align with modern technology, e.g. semantic web standards.
    • Use, where possible, internationally endorsed vocabularies.
  • Develop a governance model for the organization to ensure participation and trust.
  • Develop a business model to ensure long-term sustainability.
  • OneGeochemistry is envisioned as a distributed architecture, where geochemical data are available globally using standard web services. 
  • The technology is not complex, but it does require that the international geochemistry community come together and agree on the standards (including vocabularies and ontologies) that will enable geochemical data from participating providers to be FAIR. 
  • We also need standards for sustainability (and funding).
  • Editors Roundtable recommendations 
    • Endorsed jointly by geochemical journals and databases at AGU FM 2008
    • Important high-level guidelines but insufficient
  • EarthChem XML schema 
    • Technology does not scale
    • Not a global and formal standard
  • IGSN as a globally unique, persistent identifier for samples
  • Requirements for the Publication of Geochemical Data, Goldstein et al., 2014