Montana’s ScholarWorks Makes a Rich Set of Data Openly Available for Future Researchers


DC Telegraph: Institutional Repository and Open Access Success Stories

Undecipherable audio tapes, old filing cabinets, rusty paper clips—these are just a few of the challenges in University of Montana, Department of Geosciences, faculty affiliate Bob Lankston’s journey to recover and share a 40-year-old set of seismic data. The Flathead Lake Seismic Survey collection provides a unique opportunity for future researchers because so many new methods of processing the data have been developed in the intervening years. As Bob puts it, “this is the greatest visibility the data have had in the past 40 years and my biggest hope is that someone will find this collection and push forward with research using the new tools that are available.”

Bob’s graduate school office-mate had collected the data in question in 1970. It was several years later that Bob discovered the data being used by campus researchers. His interest piqued, Bob went back to explore the files and learned that much of…

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