We were at the annual meeting of the Geothermal Resources Council and Geothermal Energy Association Expo in Reno this past week, and rolled out the all new website for the National Geothermal Data System - www.geothermaldata.org.
You can search for data from 50 state geological surveys and a number of geothermal research centers and build mashups of maps or search through thousands of scanned reports.
The prime contractor on the NGDS design-build project, Boise State University, handed over the website to AZGS a month ago and we committed to getting an entirely new site and functionality built in time for the GRC meeting. This is the premier event for the geothermal industry and community in the U.S. It's grown dramatically and drew well over 2,000 attendees by my estimates, from all over the world.
The NGDS website is still in development. You can find data, tools and apps, and catch up on what's happening in this ground-breaking project. I argue that this is the first truly operational distributed national data network. We are striving to make the data interoperable - ie, all the data can be brought together on your desktop seamlessly.
The goal of the U.S. Dept. of Energy is for NGDS to dramatically increase the exploration and development of geothermal resources by making data easily discoverable, accessible, and usable by industry and others.
Based on the requests we got from industry, government, and academia, I think we are meeting that goal.
AZGS is the prime contractor for digitizing data from all the state geological surveys and exposing them to the NGDS. We are also subs to Boise State, to design and build the main data integration framework, using the Geoscience Information Network (USGIN).-