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USGS Digital Map beta

2009 Mapping plan USGS Digital Map beta

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.

Jun 12, 2009 | Categories: Web resources | jridener A new source of government data search image

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. " increases the ability of the public to easily find, download, and use datasets that are generated and held by the Federal Government. 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 can be a one-stop location to search for geographic and non-geographic data.

Other online sources for Federal GIS data include: The National Map, Geospatial One Stop, and the U.S. Census Bureau's TIGER, TIGER/Line, and TIGER-related products page.

Jun 03, 2009 | Categories: Web resources | jridener

OskiCat is coming soon

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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:

  •     Find books & journals from more UCB campus libraries.
  •     Limit results to your preferred libraries & save your searches.
  •     Limit results to online or available items.
  •     Find course reserves quickly & easily.
  •     View status of individual volumes & journal issues.
  •     Quickly see what items you have checked out.
  •     Easily renew items online.
  •     Request materials checked out to another borrower.
  •     Get e-mail notices when your items are about to be due.
  •     Get updates on items you have requested from storage.
  •     ... And much more!

Heather Thams of the Biosciences and Natural Resources Library, in collaboration with the OskiCat Public Information Group, has produced a short movie providing an overview of OskiCat.

May 28, 2009 | Categories: News & Updates, Events | jridener

Earth Sciences and Map Library summer hours

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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.

May 18, 2009 | Categories: News & Updates | jridener

How Tight is Your Gas an AAPG online symposium

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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:

  • Basics of Thermal Profiling
  • Applications for & Benefits of Thermal Profiling in Unconventional O&G Reservoirs
  • Fiber Optic-Based Sensor Deployment
  • Data Visualization and Interpretation
  • Getting Started ? What you Need to Know

More information is available on the AAPG Education page.

May 06, 2009 | Categories: Events | jridener

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