Registry of Scientific Collections

Started in 2007, ReSciColl contains more than 3.5 million items.

ReSciColl promotes discovery and reuse of scientific assets. ReSciColl includes metadata records describing geological, geophysical, and biological collections and data managed by state geological surveys and the U.S. Geological Survey. These collections include rock samples, thin sections, field notebooks, photographs, maps, datasets, and more. Collections are described using metadata elements that assist users in discovering, understanding, accessing, and using physical collections.

Collections Map
Map showing clustered locations of NDC collections

The ReSciColl Map provides a graphic display of scientific collections with sort and filter capabilities.


The ReSciColl Inventory provides an alphabetical list of collections by organization, background information, and access to associated items.

Collections Management

NGGDPP has developed enhanced metadata profiles for scientific collections and items, with new tools and guidance. Collection metadata must now be submitted using mdEditor, and item metadata for collections using the template and item ingest tool. Both are linked below. The ReSciColl Dashboard has now been retired for creating new collections, and will soon be retired for updating existing collections. Training will be provided by NGGDPP staff on the new documentation tools.

Submit new or update existing collection metadata, and contribute new, update, or append items to your collections.

Item Management

Upload new items and corresponding attachments using the item metadata template.