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The data publication chain of the EPOS Multi-scale Laboratories

EPOS (the European Plate Observing System) is a pan-European e-infrastructure framework with the goal of improving and facilitating the access, use, and re-use of Solid Earth science data. The EPOS Thematic Core Service Multi-scale Laboratories (TCS MSL) represents a community of European Solid Earth sciences laboratories including rock and magma high-temperature and high-pressure experimental facilities, electron microscopy, micro-beam analysis, analogue modelling of tectonic, geodynamic, and volcanological processes, paleomagnetism, and analytical laboratories. Experimental data from these laboratories often provide the backbone for scientific publications, but are often available only as supplementary information to research articles or in a non-digital form (printed tables, figures) with little to no chance for data discovery. Moreover, much of the source data remains unpublished, inaccessible, and often not preserved for the long term. The TCS MSL is committed to making Earth science laboratory data “Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR)”. For this purpose, the TCS MSL encourages the community to share their data via DOI-referenced, citable data publications through partner research data repositories. To facilitate this and ensure the provision of rich metadata, agreed within the MSL community, we offer user-friendly tools, plus the necessary data management expertise, to support all aspects of data publishing. The resulting data publications are also exposed through a designated TCS MSL online portal that brings together DOI-referenced data publications from partner research data repositories (


Geertje ter Maat, the MSL Team
Utrecht University, Netherlands, The
GeoKarlsruhe 2021