Northeastern Section - 49th Annual Meeting (23–25 March)

Paper No. 6
Presentation Time: 10:00 AM


SOLLER, David R.1, GARRITY, Christopher P.2, WARDWELL, Robert C.3 and STAMM, Nancy R.1, (1)U.S. Geological Survey, 926-A National Center, Reston, VA 20192, (2)U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 950, Reston, VA 20192, (3)U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Geological Survey, 1300 SE Cardinal Ct. Building 10, Suite 100, Vancouver, WA 98683,

The USGS and the Association of American State Geologists (AASG) are mandated by Congress to provide a National Geologic Map Database (NGMDB, of standardized, spatial geoscience information. During the 18 years of its existence, the NGMDB project has provided access to maps, reports, and stratigraphic nomenclature, and has been intensively involved in U.S. and international standards development. From the public Web site, we serve various user communities (e.g., professional geologists, decision makers, homeowners) who need to find geologic maps and geoscience reports, and get answers to their questions.

Online resources provided by, or linked from, the NGMDB include:

1) Cartographic, database design, science terminology, and data-exchange standards,

2) The U.S. Geologic Names Lexicon (GEOLEX), a standard reference for the Nation's stratigraphic nomenclature,

3) The Geoscience Map Catalog (containing citations and links to >95,000 publications, many containing GIS data and map images, and

4) Proceedings from the seventeen annual Digital Mapping Techniques workshops, which document map-preparation techniques and standards in use or in development by the Nation's geological surveys.

In late 2012, a major redesign of the NGMDB was released, which focused on upgrades to the Map Catalog. The second phase of the redesign is now addressing updates to the U.S. Geologic Names Lexicon (Geolex) and the various NGMDB informational pages (e.g., standards development). The newest features at the redesigned site are: (1) “mapView”, which provides a mosaicked view of geologic maps as a new front-end to the NGMDB's Map Catalog, and (2) topoView, which enables users to quickly search and browse the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection. This presentation will summarize the redesigned site, and provide insight on the challenges faced during this database and Web site redesign.