Data Dilemma: Stow It, Or Kiss It Goodbye

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Science  12 Jul 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5579, pp. 181-183
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5579.181

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Across the United States, many collections of rock cores and other geological samples are threatened by improper storage or simply being sent to the dump. Much of the data would be expensive or impossible to replace. Now a National Research Council report recommends three new $50 million government-funded centers that would rely on scientific advisory committees to figure out what should be kept.