USGIN in Action: NGDS
“One of the most successful [cyberinfrastructure] programs to date is the National Geothermal Data System (NGDS)…”
—Sara E. Pratt, Digitizing Earth: Developing a cyberinfrastructure for the geosciences, “Earth Magazine” August/September 2013
USGIN’s suite of standards, protocols, and practices is already in use by all fifty state geological surveys and more than 55 organizations through the National Geothermal Data System (NGDS). The distributed, interoperable NGDS network has received extensive data catalogs from Southern Methodist University’s Geothermal Data Repository, Oregon Institute of Technology, Energy and Geoscience Institute, and the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology. In addition, OneGeology, an international digital mapping initiative, has agreed to conform to USGIN architecture as the potential platform for collaboration on a future virtual geological survey.
NGDS provides access to over 30 types of data representing more than 9 million data points and over 17,000 reports and documents, and is growing every day.
National Geothermal Data Platform
Originally funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technology Office, NGDS is intended to provide access to information about geothermal resources to enable geothermal analysis and widespread public use in an effort to minimize the business-related risks associated with geothermal development. The system serves as a platform for sharing reliable geothermal information with users of all types, supplying tools relevant for their work.
Successful Design and Implementation
Data added to NGDS can be accessed over the Internet by free-and-open-source software around the world. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is starting to harvest six types of data from NGDS to populate their own system.
NGDS has already attracted attention from the United States Energy Association and the Geothermal Energy Association, and is garnering international interest. Recently, NGDS managers have been contacted by the U.S.-East Africa Geothermal Partnership to assess data management needs in Kenya, and NGDS staff have been invited to speak to the China Geological Survey.
Explore the NGDS homepage at geothermaldata.org.