Scientific Collections: Mission-Critical Infrastructure for Federal Scientific Agencies: Technical Report

December, 2007
IDA document: D-3694
FFRDC: Science and Technology Policy Institute
Type: Documents
Pamela E. Flattau, Margaret Boechrmann, Rodolfo de la Cruz, Paul Lagasse, Nyema Mitchell, Malcolm Patterson, Darious Singpurwalla See more authors
This report presents results from a survey of Federally funded and/or owned object based scientific collections conducted by the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) for the Interagency Working Group on Scientific Collections (IWGSC). STPI designed the survey in collaboration with IWGSC to determine the current status of all Federal object based scientific collections. The IWGSC attempted to include in the survey all Federal agencies that either maintain or fund object based scientific collections. However, the National Science Foundation, a major funder of scientific collections, did not participate in the IWGSC survey since the agency is conducting its own survey of the collections it funds. In addition, the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security did not participate in the survey.