DREAM stands for Depository for Reference of Experimental and Analytical Materials.
A typical cycle of our study is to collect samples, to process them to fit to acquisitions, to carry out analyses, to understand significant process, and to publish the datasets and the process. What happens after many cycles, at the end of career of a researcher, is very likely, to discard all.
The sample with datasets that were published are still the best samples to start over. This is true for all the samples that we deal as well as those returned by space missions. Analytical techniques are improved day by day and as far as a sample remained, it can be re-analyzed using state-of-art technique with better resolution and will tell another fundamental process.
In our approach, a sample will be divided into many physical forms with genetic hierarchy (i.e., thin section, powder, and solution) and, for chemical analysis, they are distributed in laboratories for specific instrument with tenant hierarchy (i.e., a box in shelf in room for XRF). Although our concern is to describe how elements moved around in the Solar system, to do so, we have to keep track how samples are circulated in laboratories.
For us, samples are the core of research and they are catalyst of activities between the past and the future. To maintain samples with genetic hierarchy (family relationship), tenant hierarchy (location), and datasets, we build a depository called DREAM.
The depository DREAM consists of sample, storage, analytical facility, dataset, and, software infrastructure that unites all information. Your samples are analyzed under DREAM and you are encouraged to register samples to the infrastructure.
DREAM laboratory - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA