The topics above are offered by ICDP's Operational Support Group (OSG), a small team of scientists, engineers and technicians to assist in project planning and management. 

Data & Sample Management

Acquisition and administration of field, lab, and storage data

Drilling Information System as used by the Hawai'i Scientific Drilling Project

Data and Sample Management for Scientific Drilling Projects must be a comprehensive service in the long run. The main target is to acquire all information about the technical and scientific works performed during the operational phase in the field and in the lab. Well-documented sample material gets prepared for permanent storage. The resulting output provides basic and validated data sets;  a common reference indespensible when most of the science team members start their scientific work.

Curation DIS

Acquisition and administration sample material and samples in storage places

ICDP is offering the CurationDIS as a Drilling Information System for storage places for sample material and sample curation. One big advantage is that the content of an ExpeditionDIS can easily transferred into a CurationDIS. As sampling continues on a storage place, the same procedure is taken over by the CurationDIS.

International GeoSample Number

Another advantage is the assignment of International Geo Sample Numbers (IGSN). IGSNs are worldwide unique IDs which can be used as digital link to almost all information related to the object. Already on ExpeditionDIS level IGSNs are assigned to holes, cores and sections, mud, cutting, gas or other material coming out of these holes. And IGSNs are assigned to any on-site samples, corresponding labels can be printed already in the field as shown above.