Research in disciplines such as the earth and biological sciences depends on the availability of representative physical samples that often have been collected at substantial cost and effort and some are irreplaceable. The EarthCube iSamples (Internet of Samples in the Earth Sciences) RCN (Research Coordination Network), funded by the National Science Foundation, aims to connect physical samples and sample collections across the Earth Sciences with digital data infrastructures to revolutionize their utility in the support of science. The goal of this workshop is to attract a broad audience comprising of biologists, earth scientists and those working with physical samples, data curators, along with computer and information scientists to learn from each other about the requirements of physical as well as digital sample and collection management. This is a fourth in a series of workshops held previously at JCDL 2016, ASIS&T Annual Meeting 2016, and a forthcoming workshop at iConference 2017, which have been targeted to develop a global community of scholars whose work relates to physical samples.
This workshop runs over two days: