This is a 2015 Funding Friday project
ESIP supports a wide variety of work related to earth science information. One prominent group within ESIP is the Data Stewardship Committee. Outcomes from this committee include data citation recommendations, work on a data maturity matrix, and numerous publications etc. These outcomes focus on the broader concept of earth science data, typically relating to digital data, observations, etc. as opposed to the narrow topic of physical data. There are many other communities working on physical data such as RDA, the USGS, and EarthCube (iSamples and the CDF). Given the overwhelming activities the DSC is working on, there is a need to explore an ESIP cluster to focus on this narrow subset and to act as a leader among this community. The project will develop a use case describing the existing issues related to stewardship of physical data and work on building connections between these diverse communities.