Mission Statement

BOSCORF Mission Statement

The British Ocean Sediment Core Research Facility (BOSCORF) will deliver:

  1. Community access to a suite of state-of-the-art non-destructive core logging instruments and expertise that is unique in the UK
  2. Specialised long-term core storage facilities that allow optimum core preservation for analysis and future investigations
  3. Specialist training in core analysis, core logging technology and core data visualisation
  4. Technological development of new research tools
  5. Long-term curation of core-based data relating to its holdings and from core-based national marine programmes in accordance with NERC data management policy
  6. Opportunities for enhanced research outputs by organising scientific meetings and workshops, and promoting use of advanced logging tools
  7. Integration of information on the UK sediment core archive into global data networks, promoting accessibility and collaboration within the global scientific community

Curatorial Policy

  1. Responsibility for core housing
    • For the first three years after the cores are collected they will be under the responsibility of the Principal Scientist who will ensure their storage at +4°C (with the exception of cores that need to be kept frozen) and careful maintenance. The repository will provide sealed storage tubes where possible.
    • Three years after collection (or sooner subject to Principal Scientist agreement) the cores will be transferred to the BOSCORF repository where they will be stored at +4°C. Cores will be kept at the repository indefinitely or until they have been used up.
    • Principle Scientist’s cores may be retained at their home institution for the duration of the funded project. They will normally be transferred to BOSCORF between three and five years after collection.
  2. Core logging
    • BOSCORF will provide a suite of core logging instruments. Whole core and/or split core logging will be carried out on suitable cores as soon as possible after core collection at the request of the Principal Scientist. In some cases, especially where cores are to be split at sea, this may be completed on the ship. In other cases it will be achieved at BOSCORF or the establishment of the Principal Scientist.
    • The core logs will be archived at the repository, and made available to other users unless the logs form part of the Principal Scientist's primary research requirements. In this case, they will remain under the responsibility of the Principal Scientist for the first 3 years after core collection, after which they will be available for general release.
  3. Data archive and availability
    • All data generated from analyses of each core or set of samples will be made available to the repository within 5 years of core collection or supply of samples. Publications citing the core data will also be made available. Following these 5-year periods the data will be made generally available on request to BOSCORF. See also: BOSCORF Data Management Policy.
  4. Sampling within three years of core collection
    • Sampling requests received within three years of core collection will be passed to the Principal Scientist who will assess whether the request is in conflict with their own research interests. If there is no conflict the request will be granted. If there is a conflict the sampling request will need to be resubmitted after the 3-year period.
  5. Sampling 3 years after core collection
    • Sample requests by bona fide researchers will be honoured where possible as long as there is material available. Exceptions may be made if the size or number of samples is so large as to seriously deplete the core. In this case the sampling committee will decide on the merits of the request.
    • Once a sample request has been made it will be the responsibility of the scientist concerned to complete the sampling during a visit to the repository, or to request samples are taken by repository staff and posted. Assistance with identification of core lithologies will be given where necessary.
  6. International sample requests
    • These will be treated in the same way as national requests. BOSCORF staff will be responsible for taking the samples and posting them.
  7. Sediment archiving policy
    • Where possible, cores will be divided into working and archive halves, with the object being to keep a continuous vertical strip of sediment for as long as possible. The working half will be used first for sampling, but when material runs out at particular depths the archive half will be used. If possible one half of the archive will be used first, followed by the complete core.
    • In some cases the Principal Scientist who collects the cores may need to sample the total core or to freeze it, thus destroying much of its structure. In these cases it will not be possible to take an archive, but if possible the core should be logged before sampling.
  8. Data archiving policy
    • Core data as recorded in the Annual Report and sediment analysis data, including core logging data, will be held at the repository. Subject to the restrictions in 3 and 4 above these data will be available through a secure shared drive or direct from the repository.
  9. Reference collections
    • The repository will contribute to global and local digital archives of training images and online curatorial resources to provide high-quality training aids. Microscope facilities will be available for the use of visitors.
  • Please note:
    • ‘Principal Scientist’ refers to the cruise leader/principal investigator of the cruise or project that originally collected the cores.
    • BOSCORF’s ‘User Community’ are researchers, both in the UK and abroad, who are investigating Earth history and processes recorded in marine, terrestrial and lacustrine sediments and postgraduates undertaking training in the area encompassed by the NERC Mission.
    • BOSCORF adheres to NERC policies surrounding conflict of interest, collection and management of environmental data, use of energy, environmental and sustainability issues and licensing and charging information. For more information, find NERC policies here: NERC policies – UKRI

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion

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