IMPROVING ACCESS TO GEOSCIENCE INFORMATION -- THE REDESIGNED NATIONAL GEOLOGIC MAP DATABASE
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.