Well-maintained and well-documented geoscience data and collections have both immediate and long-term value. The nation has assembled a wealth of geoscience data and collections. Some of these already have been lost, and many more are in imminent danger of being lost—through mis-management, neglect, or outright disposal—if immediate action is not taken. The recommended solutions that this committee proposes represent a strategy for such immediate action. Future generations deserve the opportunity to build upon existing successes and avoid repetition of our failures. Geoscience data and collections are national resources, and are a part of our nation’s heritage. Preservation of geoscience data and collections is a comparatively small investment in our past, our present, and our future, with both immediate and long-term benefits.

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