Thursday, June 02, 2011

Work plans for Year 2 of the State Geothermal Data project

We're in Salt Lake City today and tomorrow at the Utah Geological Survey for a meeting of our State Geothermal Data project's Science Advisory Board (SAB). The SAB is reviewing progress of each of the state geological surveys as we are completing the first year of the US DOE-funded project to digitize geologic data for inclusion in the National Geothermal Data System.

AZGS is the prime contractor on the 3-year, $22 million project, on behalf of the Association of American State Geologists. We have 45 state surveys as subcontractors, delivering data from all 50 states.

The SAB is giving us recommendations on work plans for Year 2 of the project. As of the end of March, 32 states have submitted at least some of their data sets for review and testing before they are served online in the distributed data network. This first year included getting the contracts in place, hiring staff, and training participants. We are now moving into full production nationwide. In the next few months the amounts of data should be ramping up dramatically.

The network catalog and visualization tools will be rolling out in the near future so that users will be able to easily discover and access the data and services ("apps").

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