National Geoscience Data Repository System

Project Description
The National Geoscience Data Repository System (NGDRS) was
initiated in response to the large quantities of at-risk
geoscience data held by the oil industry. Funded by the US
Department of Energy and the Petroleum Industry since 1995, the
American Geological Institute has been developing the NGDRS as a
system of geoscience data repositories, functioning as a
clearinghouse for data now becoming available to the public
domain, and for building coordination between existing data

The system is envisioned as a fully distributed system of data
repositories joined together with the NGDRS metadata catalog,
GeoTrekTM. A wide range of political and economic circumstances
have been faced by the project, including full economic cycles
in the petroleum industry, changes in Federal administrations,
perceptions of funding competition, and poor relations between
industry and academia in the geoscience community, let alone
technology issues of managing distributed information systems.

xBy internally splitting the logical management of the project to
focus on data transfer/preservation issues, and metadata catalog
development and management, the NGDRS is positioning itself to
firmly establish a foothold in the community. By remaining
opportunistic on data transfers AGI has been able to extend the
volume of at-risk data transferred. Additionally, moving to
open-source and/or GPL'ed solutions for the Metadata Catalog,
AGI is focused on reducing the cost of entry and maximize the
level of control participating repositories have in the GeoTrek
system, all targeted at expanding the scope of holdings and

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[Summary provided by The Geological Society of America]