EGU21-7876, updated on 13 Jan 2022
EGU General Assembly 2021
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How to publish your data with the EPOS Multi-scale Laboratories

Geertje ter Maat1, Otto Lange2, Martyn Drury1, and the EPOS TCS Multi-scale Laboratories Team*
Geertje ter Maat et al.
  • 1Utrecht University, Department of Earth Sciences, Utrecht, The Netherlands (
  • 2Utrecht University, University Library, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • *A full list of authors appears at the end of the abstract

EPOS (the European Plate Observing System) is a pan-European e-infrastructure framework with the goal of improving and facilitating the access, use, and re-use of Solid Earth science data. The EPOS Thematic Core Service Multi-scale Laboratories (TCS MSL) represent a community of European Solid Earth sciences laboratories including high-temperature and high-pressure experimental facilities, electron microscopy, micro-beam analysis, analogue tectonic and geodynamic modelling, paleomagnetism, and analytical laboratories. 

Participants and collaborating laboratories from Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and the UK are already represented within the TCS MSL. Unaffiliated European Solid Earth sciences laboratories are welcome and encouraged to join the growing TCS MSL community.

Laboratory facilities are an integral part of Earth science research. The diversity of methods employed in such infrastructures reflects the multi-scale nature of the Earth system and is essential for the understanding of its evolution, for the assessment of geo-hazards, and the sustainable exploitation of geo-resources.

Although experimental data from these laboratories often provide the backbone for scientific publications, they are often only available as images, graphs or tables in the text or as supplementary information to research articles. As a result, much of the collected data remains unpublished, not searchable or even inaccessible, and often only preserved in the short term.

The TCS MSL is committed to making Earth science laboratory data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR). For this purpose, the TCS MSL encourages the community to share their data via DOI-referenced, citable data publications. To facilitate this and ensure the provision of rich metadata, we offer user-friendly tools, plus the necessary data management expertise, to support all aspects of data publishing for the benefit of individual lab researchers via partner repositories. Data published via TCS MSL are described with the use of sustainable metadata standards enriched with controlled vocabularies used in geosciences. The resulting data publications are also exposed through a designated TCS MSL online portal that brings together DOI-referenced data publications from partner research data repositories ( As such, efforts have already been made to interconnect new data (metadata exchange) with previous databases such as MagIC (paleomagnetic data in, and in the future, we expect to enlarge and improve this practice with other repositories. 

EPOS TCS Multi-scale Laboratories Team:

Jürgen Adam, Royal Holloway University of London, UK, ORCID: 0000-0002-4195-7795, Antonio M. Álvarez-Valero, University of Salamanca, Spain, ORCID: 0000-0001-9707-0168, Elisabet Beamud, CCiTUB-Geo3BCN, CSIC, Spain, ORCID: 0000-0003-3158-2966, Philip M Benson, University of Portsmouth, UK, ORCID: 0000-0003-2120-3280, Andrew Biggin, University of Liverpool, UK, ORCID: 0000-0003-4164-5924, Marco Bonini, National Research Council (CNR), Italy, ORCID: 0000-0003-4818-8076, Chiara Boschi, Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources - CNR, Italy, ORCID: 0000-0001-8972-4432, Rita Caldeira, LNEG National Laboratory for Energy and Geology, Portugal, ORCID: 0000-0002-4379-1311, Corrado Cimarelli, Ludwig-Maximilans-Universität München, Germany, ORCID: 0000-0002-5707-5930, Fabio Corbi, Istituto di Geologia Ambientale e Geoingegneria – CNR C/o Dipartimento Scienze della Terra Sapienza Università di Roma,Rome, Italy, ORCID: 0000-0003-2662-3065, Matilde Horta Costa e Silva, CERENA, Técnico Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal, ORCID:0000-0002-1354-8636, Elisabetta Del Bello, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia Italy, Italy, ORCID: 0000-0001-8043-7410, Stephane Dominguez, Université de Montpellier. Géosciences Montpellier, CNRS, F34095, Montpellier, France, ORCID: 0000-0001-8218-7144, Kirsten Elger, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam, Germany , ORCID: 0000-0001-5140-8602, Jose-Luis Fernandez-Turiel, labGEOTOP, Geosciences Barcelona, CSIC, Barcelona, Spain, ORCID: 0000-0002-4383-799X, Francesca Funiciello, Dip. Scienze Univ. Roma Tre,Rome , Italy , ORCID: 0000-0001-7900-8272, Olga García-Moreno, Dpto. Geología. Universidad de Oviedo, Asturias, Spain, ORCID: 0000-0001-7815-0242, Carlos J. Garrido, CSIC-IACT, Granada, Spain, ORCID: 0000-0003-4357-3637, Alexandra Guedes, ICT DGAOT- FCUP, Universidade do Porto, Portugal, ORCID: 0000-0001-6397-3713, Benjamin Guillaume, Univ Rennes, CNRS, Géosciences Rennes ‐ UMR 6118, Rennes, France, ORCID:0000-0002-4260-3155, Diana Jordanova, (National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography, Bulgarian academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria, ORCID: 0000-0003-0595-3153, France Lagroix, Université de Paris, Institut de physique du globe de Paris, CNRS, F-75005,Paris, France, ORCID: 0000-0003-2873-2767, Audrey Ougier-Simonin, British Geological Survey, UK, ORCID: 0000-0001-9778-4910, Lucia Pappalardo, INGV-NA, Italy, ORCID: 0000-0002-9187-252X, Josep M. Parés, CENIEH-Burgos , Spain, ORCID: 0000-0001-8237-6869, Emilio L. Pueyo, CSIC-IGME-Zaragoza, Spain, ORCID: 0000-0001-8480-381X, Marta Rejas, labGEOTOP, Geosciences Barcelona, CSIC, Barcelona, Spain, ORCID: 0000-0003-2356-0927, Teresa Román-Berdiel, Univ. Zaragoza, Spain, ORCID: 0000-0002-9743-8695, Matthias Rosenau, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam, Germany , ORCID: 0000-0003-1134-5381, Piergiorgio Scarlato, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia Italy, Italy, ORCID: 0000-0003-1933-0192, Guido Schreurs, University of Bern, Switzerland, ORCID: 0000-0002-4544-7514, Pauline Souloumiac, Laboratoire Geosciences et Environnement, CY, Cergy Paris Université, France, ORCID: 0000-0002-5370-0954, Simo Spassov, Geophysical Centre of the Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium, Belgium, ORCID: 0000-0002-3365-935X, Holger Stunitz, ISTO, Univ. Orleans, France & UiT Tromsø, Norway, ORCID: 0000-0001-6892-200X, Pablo Valverde-Vaquero, Instituto Geológico y Minero de España (IGME), Laboratorios, Tres Cantos, Spain, ORCID 0000-0002-2184-0848, Sergio Vinciguerra, (Department of Earth Sciences, University of Turin, Italy, ORCID: 0000-0002-6939-3549, Richard Wessels, Utrecht University, Netherlands, ORCID 0000-0003-0714-8705, Ernst Willingshofer, Utrecht University, Netherlands, ORCID: 0000-0002-9119-5557, Aldo Winkler, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Italy, ORCID: 0000-0002-0653-0059, Alba Zappone, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, ORCID: 0000-0003-0965-7271

How to cite: ter Maat, G., Lange, O., and Drury, M. and the EPOS TCS Multi-scale Laboratories Team: How to publish your data with the EPOS Multi-scale Laboratories, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-7876,, 2021.

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