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Dear IsoGeoChem,
 
The NSF-sponsored iSamples research coordination network (RCN) is committed to advancing the sharing of physical samples and data on samples by engaging a broad array of Earth and Space Science fields and disciplines, along with museums, data repositories, and others.  To develop a clear baseline understanding of current practice and views, iSamples has developed a stakeholder survey that we hope you will distribute to your members (or take yourself). Participation is voluntary and confidential -- no individual identifying information will be reported.
 
If you want to review the survey, it can be taken at the following URL and your responses will be included in the data:
 
http://maps.waymarksystems.org/s3/iSamples-Stakeholder-Survey-2014-consent
 
If you just want to see what questions are being asked without actually taking the survey, Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld ([log in to unmask]) or Mike Haberman ([log in to unmask]) can arrange for your doing so without the results being recorded.
 
If you are interested in customized results from just the members of your association, they can also establish a unique URL so that the responses from your list-serve can be compared to the overall responses.  Regardless of whether you want the custom feedback, the overall results can be shared at a future meeting of your association and through other channels as appropriate.
 
If you are willing to do so, you can use this same language in the following way:
 
The NSF-sponsored iSamples research coordination network (RCN) is committed to advancing the sharing of physical geoscience samples and data on samples by engaging a broad array of geoscience fields and disciplines, along with museums, data repositories, and others.  To develop a clear baseline understanding of current practice and views, iSamples has developed a stakeholder survey that we hope you will distribute to your members. Participation is voluntary and confidential -- no individual identifying information will be reported.
 
If you are interested in participating in this survey, you can do so through the following link:  (this can be the general URL above or a custom link)
 
Note that this survey is part of the larger NSF EarthCube initiative, which has been collecting general information on data sharing in the geoscience and which will continue to do so in 2015 so that the development of the supporting cyberinfrastructure for the geosciences is driven by data from geoscientists and other key stakeholders.
 
 
As indicated, this survey is part of a broader data collection process associated with the NSF EarthCube initiative.  Later in January there will be a general EarthCube stakeholder alignment survey and your distribution of that will be requested as well.
 
Thank you in advance for your consideration.
 
Sincerely,
 
Kerstin Lehnert