Recent News

  • GfG at the AGU Fall Meeting 2011

    November 2011. GfG events, sessions, and presentations at the upcoming AGU Fall Meeting 2011 in San Francisco:

    • IEDA Booth (GfG and MGDS) in the exhibit hall (booth #1122)
    • GeoPRISMS Mini-Workshop: Using Geoinformatics Resources to Explore the Generation of Convergent Margin Magmas
      Sunday, Dec 4, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Register by Nov 30, [more information])

    Sessions co-convened by GfG team members

    • Session U21C: Data and Information Quality Really Matters in the Era of Predictive and Often Contentious Science I
      Tuesday, Dec 6, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM, Room 103
      Convenors: Peter Fox, Lesley Wyborn, Kerstin Lehnert, Thomas Narock
    • Session IN13B: Physical Specimens in the Digital Age: Collections and Catalogues on the Web 
      Tuesday, Dec 6, 1:40 PM - 6:00 PM; Halls A-C
      Convenors: Kerstin Lehnert, Sky Bristol, Jens Klump, Lesley Wyborn
    • Session IN23C: The Really Long Tail of Geochemistry, Geochronology, and Other Sample-Based Data 
      Tuesday, Dec 6, 1:40 PM - 6:00 PM; Halls A-C
      Convenors: Lesley Wyborn, Kerstin Lehnert, Roger Nielsen

     Presentations Monday, Dec 5

    • OS11B-1474. VentDB: A Global Online Synthesis Database of Seafloor Hydrothermal Spring Geochemistry (poster)
      Michael J. Mottl; Kerstin A. Lehnert; Annika K. Johansson; Leslie Hsu, Monday, Dec 5, 8:00 AM - 12:20 PM; Halls A-C
    • IN13B-1324. IGSN e.V.: Registration and Identification Services for Physical Samples in the Digital Universe (poster)
      Kerstin A. Lehnert; Jens Klump; Robert A. Arko; Sky Bristol; Brian Buczkowski; Celine Chan; Samantha Chan; Ronald Conze; Simon J. Cox; Ted Habermann; Alexandra Hangsterfer; Leslie Hsu; Anna Milan; Stephen P. Miller; Anders J. Noren; Stephen M. Richard; David W. Valentine; Tom Whitenack; Lesley A. Wyborn; Ilya Zaslavsky Mon, Dec 5, 1:40 PM - 6:00 PM; Halls A-C.
    • IN13B-1332. System for Earth Sample Registration SESAR: Services for IGSN Registration and Sample Metadata Management (poster)
      Sze-Ling Chan; Kerstin A. Lehnert; Rebecca J. Coleman, Mon, Dec 5, 1:40 PM - 6:00 PM; Halls A-C.

    Presentations Tuesday, Dec 6

    • IN23C-1462. Maximizing data holdings and data documentation with a hierarchical system for sample-based geochemical data (poster)
      Leslie Hsu; Kerstin A. Lehnert; J D. Walker; Celine Chan; Jason Ash; Annika K. Johansson; Tiffany A. Rivera, Tuesday, Dec 6, 1:40 PM - 6:00 PM; Halls A-C.

    Presentations Friday, Dec 9

    • ED53B-0780. Overcoming Challenges to Making Data Re-Usable: The Example of Geochemical Databases (poster)
      Tiffany A. Rivera; Kerstin A. Lehnert; Leslie Hsu; Annika K. Johansson, Friday, Dec 9, 1:40 PM - 6:00 PM; Halls A-C.


  • Pre-AGU Workshop: Using Geoinformatics Resources to Explore the Generation of Convergent Margin Magmas

    November 2011. GfG team members are co-convening a Pre-AGU GeoPRISMS Mini-Workshop:


    Using Geoinformatics Resources to Explore the Generation of Convergent Margin Magmas


    Pre-AGU: Sunday, December 4, 2011, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Warfield Room, Grand Hyatt San Francisco (345 Stockton Street)


    Conveners: R. Stern (Univ Texas, Dallas), M. Feigenson (Rutgers Univ.), K. Lehnert and A. Goodwillie (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory), P. Van Keken (Univ. Michigan), J. Kimura (IFREE, JAMSTEC), B. Dreyer (Univ. California, Santa Cruz), E. Jordan and W. Lieu (Univ Texas, Dallas)


    Description: A short course for students, faculty, and researchers integrating the use of geochemical databases (EarthChem), data visualization tools (GeoMapApp), and data analysis software (Arc Basalt Simulator, version 3) with background information about geoinformatics, relational databases, and data reporting. 


    Visit the GeoPRISMS website for further information and to register:


    Questions? Contact the GeoPRISMS Office:


  • EarthChem now links to Elsevier

    October 2011. Elsevier Articles on SciVerse ScienceDirect and datasets accessible at the EarthChem Portal are now bi-directionally connected!

    Elsevier and EarthChem are starting the collaboration with the following journals (other Elsevier titles will be added soon):

    • Chemical Geology
    • Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
    • Lithos
    • The Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research


    Read more here:


    Visit SciVerse at
    Visit EarthChem at


  • New Updates to the Data Submission Templates

    October 2011. The Data Submission Templates have been updated to improve ease of use. The new templates feature more explanatory material, examples, and links to information and vocabularies. The templates are customized for different analytical techniques (e.g. electron microprobe, mass spec) and materials (e.g. bulk sample, mineral, melt inclusion, vent fluid) and help authors to document their data according to the recommendations of the Editors' Roundtable. Authors can also add their own fields to the templates.


    These templates provide a standardized way to submit data to GfG, including our Geochemical Resource Library (GRL) and the GfG databases PetDB, SedDB, and VentDB.


    The templates are available at We welcome any feedback for improvement at!