2017 Meeting of the Curators of Marine, Lacustrine, and Geological Samples

Hosted by Oregon State University Marine and Geology Repository
April 25th – 27th 2017, Corvallis, Oregon

Registration Deadline - Extended to March 24th 2017

The 2017 Curators of Marine, Lacustrine, and Geological Samples Meeting is being hosted by Oregon State University Marine and Geology Repository. The meeting will be held in the passenger room at The Corvallis Depot, Corvallis, Oregon, on April 25, 26, and 27, 2017.

Tuesday and Wednesday morning there will be time for introductions and for different repositories to provide updates since the last meeting. Following these talks we will have plenary sessions focused on different topics, possibly including, but not restricted to; basic repository functionality, deaccessioning collections, digitization and discoverability, and the future roles of geological repositories. If you have any additional topics you think would be important to discuss then please let us know. The final day of the meeting will be a field trip to the current repository and to the site of the new repository in Corvallis. Then we will head out to Newport, Oregon for some sightseeing involving the geology of the beautiful Oregon Coast …and beer.

The agenda will be further updated after registration closes once we have a better idea of the number and breadth of attendees.

A block of hotel rooms have been set aside at the Hilton Garden Inn Corvallis. Reservations can be made online (Group Code “CMLGSM”) or by calling the front desk at 541-752-5000 and referencing the group name (Curators of Marine and Lacustrine Geological Samples Meeting). The room rate is $132.00 per night (excluding 10.8% tax and fees).

Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the Corvallis Depot on Tuesday and Wednesday with a reception being held for the attendees on Tuesday evening at the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences Administration Building. Breakfast will be provided on Thursday morning at the OSU-MGR repository prior to departing on the fieldtrip.

For directions from the hotel to the Corvallis Depot and to the OSU-MGR please see the maps on the “Accommodations” page.

Click here for meeting registration.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to seeing you in Corvallis in April!

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A block of hotel rooms have been set aside at the Hilton Garden Inn Corvallis.

The group code “CMLGSM” should be used when making reservations online.

Reservations can also be made by calling the front desk at 541-752-5000. The group name (Curators of Marine and Lacustrine Geological Samples Meeting) should be referenced when making the reservation by phone.

The room rate is $132.00 per night (excluding 10.8% tax and fees). Reservations should to be made by 4/2/2017 to guarantee the group rate. You will be asked to provide a method of payment at the time of booking, but will not be charged at that time.

The Hilton Garden Inn is roughly a 15 minute walk from the Corvallis Depot, about a 20-25 minute walk from downtown Corvallis, and only a 5-10 minute walk from the OSU-MGR (223 SW 3oth St.).

Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the Corvallis Depot for all attendees on Tuesday and Wednesday. Breakfast will also be provided at the OSU-MGR on Thursday morning prior to the field trip.

Please use this Google Form to register your participation at the meeting.

Please complete the registration form by March 24th, 2017. There is no charge to attend the meeting, but registration by this date will provide us with an accurate count of attendees and allow us to better develop the agenda for the meeting.

Tuesday April 25th (The Depot)

8:00                Breakfast and Coffee

8:30-8:45      Welcome by CEOAS Dean, Roberta Marinelli

8:45-9:00      Introduction by Joe Stoner and Anthony Koppers

9:00-10:30    Talks: Curator Updates (Part 1 of 2)

a)       What kind of samples do you have? How big of a repository are you?

b)       What have you done for data discoverability (going from analog data to digitization)?

c)        What types of data are standard data that you collect?

d)       Any innovations in the curatorial process?

10:30-10:45 Coffee

10:45-12:00 Talks: Curator Updates (Part 2 of 2)

12:00-1:00    Lunch

1:00-3:00      Talks and Discussion: The role of repositories from facilitating science to storing samples?

a)       How do repositories support logistics during sample collection expeditions?

b)       How do repositories support post expedition science and research coordination?

c)        What are the ideal levels of service in a modern-day repository?

3:00-3:30      Coffee

3:30-5:00      Talks and Discussion: The future of repositories and their collections?

a)       Everything dies, how to deaccession collections? 

b)       Future repository space and orphaned collections, what should be done?

c)        Big collection rescues – how should these be handled?

5:30                Reception in CEOAS Admin Building Hosted by the Dean


Wednesday April 26th (The Depot)

8:00                Breakfast and Coffee

8:30-10:30    Talks and Discussion: Data discoverability (Part 1 of 2)

a)       Where do geological repositories fit in Rolling Deck to Repository (R2R)?

b)       Moving sample collections and repositories into the digital age

c)        Is there a need for common data portals: How to improve online discovery?

10:30-10:45 Coffee

10:45-12:00 Talks and Discussions: Data discoverability (Part 2 of 2)

12:00-1:00    Lunch

1:00-3:00      Talks and Discussion: Data Quality and New Toolsets

a)       New core processing software to better display analyses and assess collections

b)       New measurement types

c)        How far to go as a repository with higher level analyses?

3:00-3:30      Coffee

3:30-5:00      Meeting Wrap Up

a)       What are the best practices from collection of cores/rocks to curation and to dissemination?

b)       What is our role as a repository in supporting science and education?

c)        Conclusion of meeting


Thursday April 27th (Fieldtrip)

8:00                Breakfast and Coffee at the OSU-MGR

9:00-9:30      Tour of Current OSU-MGR at Western Avenue

10:00-11:00  Tour of the New (under construction) OSU-MGR at the NYPRO Facility

11:45-12:15    Road Cut

12:30-2:00     Lunch at Rogue Brewery, Newport

2:00-3:00       Yaquina Bay Lighthouse visit, etc.

Back at the Hilton Garden in by approximately 5:30 pm

A reception will be held at 5.30pm on Tuesday evening by the CEOAS Dean Roberta Marinelli.

Directions to the CEOAS Admin Building from the hotel, and directly from the Corvallis Depot are shown below.


Following round table discussions and presentations on Tuesday and Wednesday, Thursday will provide an opportunity to tour the current and future OSU-MGR facilities and to take an excursion to the Oregon coast.

Breakfast and transportation will be provided from the OSU-MGR on Thursday morning. Please see the “Accommodations” tab for directions to the OSU-MGR from the hotel.


Yaquina Head Lighthouse from Agate beach. Photo credit: http://yaquinalights.org/

Information concerning the 2017 curators meeting can be found by clicking through these tabs.

For any questions and enquiries please contact the curator, Maziet Cheseby
email: labtech1@ceoas.oregonstate.edu
phone: (541) 737-8210