The United States Geographic Survey (USGS) has quietly launched the Digital Map--beta, a "a new kind of georeferenced map that is a synthesis and evolution of USGS's legacy digital map data files, the Digital Raster Graphics (DRG)." According to Adena Schutzberg at the All Points Blog, the beta was released on May 8, 2009.
From the site, "The initial version of "Digital Maps ? Beta" includes orthoimagery plus roads and geographic names in the traditional 7.5 minute quadrangle format. The "Digital Map - Beta" is easily accessible, has reasonable file sizes and a common format with embedded tools, and theme-based layers."
A quick start guide is available in pdf format.
While the site is still in beta, there may be some variability in its functioning, but this is a fantastic step toward presenting USGS mapping online.
The United States Federal Government, as part of the Open Government Initiative, has recently unveiled a new web portal for all types of government data. "Data.gov increases the ability of the public to easily find, download, and use datasets that are generated and held by the Federal Government. Data.gov provides descriptions of the Federal datasets (metadata), information about how to access the datasets, and tools that leverage government datasets."
Currently, Federal, Executive Branch data is available, but more datasets are scheduled to be added.
There are a few GIS data sets available through the site. Users can limit their searches by file type including KML/KMZ for Google Earth and ESRI compatible formats. One nice feature is that Data.gov can be a one-stop location to search for geographic and non-geographic data.
There's a new library catalog on the way. In summer, 2009, OskiCat will replace Pathfinder and Gladis, which will both be retired, as the online catalog for UC Berkeley libraries. OskiCat includes all library materials listed in Pathfinder and GLADIS, plus items in the Institute of Governmental Studies and Transportation Studies Libraries and the Water Resources Center Archives.
OskiCat combines the functions of Pathfinder and GLADIS, and adds some new features.
With OskiCat you will be able to:
Summer hours begin at the Earth Sciences and Map Library on Thursday, May 21. During the summer, the library will be open during the following hours:
|Monday - Thursday
||9am - 5pm
|Saturday and Sunday
Fall semester hours will begin Wednesday, August 26th.
The Circulation Desk closes 15 minutes before the library closes.
The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council (PTTC)are offering an e-symposium titled: How Tight is Your Gas: Thermal Profiling for Unconventional Oil & Gas on May 21, 2009 at 2pm CDT.
From the AAPG Education page: "This e-symposium is ideal for engineers, geoscientists, geotechs, and operations personnel who are involved in drilling and production operations, as well as those who develop programs for unconventional reservoirs."
Topics to be covered during the e-symposium include:
More information is available on the AAPG Education page.