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

The ReSciColl Dashboard in ScienceBase for creating and updating collections has now been retired. Training will be provided by NGGDPP staff on the new documentation tools. NGGDPP has developed enhanced metadata profiles for scientific collections and items, with new tools and guidance.

Create and Update Collections

Collection metadata must now be submitted as mdJSON. Metadata is created or updated using mdEditor.

Collection and Item Dashboard

Manage collections and items using the dashboard.