1. Introduction

The Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) is an international geoscience program that collects and analyzes marine cores of rocks and sediments recovered from the seafloor by the research vessel JOIDES Resolution. Three repositories in the United States (Texas A&M University, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory [LDEO]/Columbia University, and University of California at San Diego) and one in Germany (Bremen University) house the ODP cores, as well as those from the Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP). Shipboard samples and residues, thin sections, and smear slides also reside in these repositories. Core photographs, handwritten data sheets, and electronic core analysis data are curated at the Texas A&M University location. Downhole logging data is managed by the Borehole Research Group at LDEO.

Everyone who sails as an invited participant on an ODP cruise and anyone who obtains samples after a cruise incurs obligations to ODP as defined in this policy. These obligations are fulfilled by conducting research and publishing the results, and by providing ODP with associated data. If the procedures outlined in this policy are not met, recipients will be restricted from obtaining future samples and may not be allowed to participate in future cruise legs.