About the DGGS Geologic Communications Section
The Geologic Communications Section publishes and delivers Division-generated geologic information to the public and maintains and improves public access to Alaska's geologic and earth science information. Advances in computer technology have resulted in faster preparation of maps and reports and a wider awareness of DGGS's available Alaska geologic resources. This section designs, implements, maintains, and improves a database for the Division's digital and map-based geological, geophysical, and geochemical data; a database for the Division's physical samples that are housed in Eagle River; and websites for the Division (www.dggs. alaska.gov), the Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission (www.seismic.alaska.gov), and the Association of American State Geologists (www.stategeologists.org).
- Alaska Geologic Data Index - Provides a database and web search application that captures the physical location of archived physical and digital files containing unpublished geologic information. The project was formerly titled: Alaska Mineral Industry Data Index (AKMIDI).
- Alaska geological and geophysical map index - "Geologic Map Index of Alaska" web application that will, when complete, provide the locations, outlines, and current status of Alaska geological and geophysical maps from all government agencies in a single, interactive, Internet-accessible location.
- Alaska paleontological database - Project to migrate the MDIRA fossil database to DGGS's Digital Geologic Database so the database is assured of regular maintenance, backup, continued data expansion, and consistent public internet access
- DGGS digital geologic database - Provides a spatially referenced geologic database system in a secure, centralized information architecture with networked data access for new and legacy DGGS geologic data, functional online interfaces that allow the public to find and identify geologic data available from DGGS and then view or download selected data
- DGGS field mapping technology - Ongoing investigation of the potential for streamlining geologic data collection and processing by using handheld computers in the field
- DGGS geographic information system (GIS) - GIS projects designed to take advantage of recent advancements in geospatial tools and to present DGGS's geospatial data in multiple ways
- DGGS publications and outreach - Publishes and distributes geologic data that has been collected, analyzed, and assembled by geologists involved in DGGS projects
- DGGS website development and digital data distribution - Ongoing maintenance, design, and content management of the DGGS website. Project scope also includes: FGDC compliant metadata editing and training, geologic data management, and quality control of geospatial data distribution files
- National Geological & Geophysical Data Preservation Program - Assessment of Alaska geological and geophysical data collection and preservation needs. Conduct an assessment of data preservation needs, including an evaluation of progress, data holdings, and gaps remaining from the MDIRA program, and focus particularly on data and samples relating to energy resources and engineering geology that remain to be inventoried, cataloged, and made accessible.