National Geothermal Data System at the annual meeting of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists which drew over 5,000 attendees. [Right, AZGS geologist/geoinformatics specialist Christy Caudill and I pose just before the exhibit hall opens to attendees]
We had a steady stream of folks stop by to try out the test version of NGDS which now has over 17,000 data sets, over 5 million records, and a wide variety of data types that are relevant not only to geothermal exploration and development but are valuable resources for geologic investigations and other natural resources. Data are coming from state geological surveys, universities, and labs in every state. Our first Canadian data are now online and more international connections are in development.
The system currently serves over 1.25 million oil and gas and water wells and we expect that number to triple by year end. The open source, online, distributed system also makes data interoperable, a breakthrough approach that is dramatically reducing the time needed to integrate data from different sources.