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.

Downtown Corvallis is a ~20-30 min walk (see map below) from the Hilton Garden Inn or a short taxi ride. The Corvallis bus system is free and the Hilton Garden Inn is served by bus routes 8 (timetable) and 3 (timetable) that operate until 6-7pm. After 7pm the NightOwl southeast operates on an hourly basis with the first bus at 8.45pm. Ride duration is ~5 mins and you will get dropped off and return at the downtown transit center on 5th and Monroe.

Use the stop on 26th Street outside the LaSells Stewart Center and opposite the Stadium for travel into Downtown (streetview). 


Restaurants in Corvallis

Below are a selection of pubs and restaurants in Corvallis, there are several others but these should get you started.

Sky High Brewing: Local Brewery offering a variety of meals and snacks – 2nd and Jackson

Block15: Local Brewery offering a variety of meals and snacks – 3rd and Madison

Les Caves: Gastropub with an extensive bottled Belgian beer selection – 3rd and Madison

Taco Vino: Tacos, wine, beer. Can get very busy – 1st and Monroe

Demaggios: NY Style Pizza and beer – 1st and Monroe

Bellhop: Counter service. Beer, cocktails, and small plates – 1st and Madison

Downward Dog: Beer, craft cocktails, and bar food – 1st Street (between Madison and Monroe)

Cloud and Kelly’s: Irish themed pub – 1st Street (between Madison and Monroe)

Flat Tail Brewing: Local brewary with brewpub fayre. Trivia on Wednesday Evenings at 9pm – 1st and Madison

American Dream Pizza/Crowbar: Sourdough crust pizza and slices and good tap list. Crowbar is a small bar offering pizza, craft cocktails, and beer to the rear of ADPizza – 2nd and Madison

Del Alma: Latin American restaurant, one of the more expensive offerings in town (1st and Washington)

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) – 15 minutes each

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?

Nichole Anest, Jim Broda, Maziet Cheseby, Val Stanley, Kyle Kelso

10:30-10:45 Coffee

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

Anne Grunow, Kevin Konrad, Katherine Kelly, Alex Hangsterfer, Suzanne MacLachlan

12:00-1:00    Lunch

1:00-3:00      Talks and Discussion: The role of repositories from facilitating science to storing samples? – 25 minutes each

Joe Stoner, Mitch Lyle, Kristina Brady Shannon

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? – 20 minutes each

Phil Rumford, Anthony Koppers

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) – 30 minutes each

Kelly Stroker, Bob Arko, Rob Hatfield, Kerstin Lehnert, Anthony Koppers

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 – 20 minutes each

Joe Stoner, Kristina Brady Shannon, Suzanne MacLachlan

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)

8:30                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

Coquille Rex 

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 in the CEOAS admin building at 5.30pm on Tuesday evening by the CEOAS Dean Roberta Marinelli.

The CEOAS Admin Building is located on the corner of 26th and Monroe, directions 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. Lunch at the Rogue Brewery is self paid.  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