Last updated: Thu, February 6, 2014

The State Geological Survey Contributions to the National Geothermal Data System project enabled a number of undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the digitization and metadata creation of legacy geothermal relevant data from across the country.  The following is an opportunity of interest for these (or other) dedicated students.

GRC Seeking Students For 2014 Student Committee

Influence the Geothermal Industry

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) is looking for students to represent their peers on a student committee that will have a direct say in association matters.

The GRC formed the Student Committee in 2013 and had 11 members. We are again asking students to volunteer to this committee which will send a representative to the full GRC Board of Directors meetings held throughout the year. The student rep will have traveling and lodging expenses paid for.

The Student Committee will discuss issues relevant to their peers around the world:

  • Increasing student involvement in the global geothermal community.
  • Special events for students at GRC Annual Meetings.
  • GRC Scholarship and Grant program.

If you are interested please email Anh Lay at with your contact information and a copy of your current student ID with a valid date or class schedule. You must be a student member of the GRC (cost of membership is $5). The first Student Committee conference call will be in March.

A special thanks to the students that volunteered last year:

Andres Ruzo - Southern Methodist University

Andrew Fowler - University of California, Davis

Anna Crowell - University of North Dakota

James Crowell - University of North Dakota

Jennifer Livermore - University of Colorado, Denver

Karoline Bohlen – Colorado School of Mines

Koenraad Beckers - Cornell University

Maciej Lukawski - Cornell University

Phillip Maddi - Oregon Institute of Technology

Stefano Benato - University of Nevada, Reno

Zachary Frone - Southern Methodist University

Last updated: Wed, January 15, 2014

The Department of Energy is hosting a webinar on "How to Utilize the National Geothermal Data System and Create Your Own Federated Data Network" to share the next release of the NGDS user interface and NIAB.  This is the release that can be installed and implemented for data sharing.  If you can, please join us:

Geothermal Technologies Office Webinar

How to Utilize the National Geothermal Data System and Create Your Own Federated Data Network

Date:              Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Time:              10:30 AM-11:15 AM EST National Geothermal Data System Demo

11:15 AM-12:00 PM EST NGDS Node-in-a-Box Adoption and Utility for Providing Data through NGDS


The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Geothermal Data System (NGDS) is offering a free Webinar. During this Webinar you will engage in a live demo and learn how to use the NGDS to find relevant data, and install and implement the Node-in-a-box (NIAB) software, if you want to become a node on the NGDS. Participants interested in providing access to geoscience and other data can use this free, opensource NIAB application. This webinar will familiarize you with:

  • The NGDS User Interface and search capabilities
  • The NIAB software installation process
  • Batch importing and uploading of shared datasets
  • The registration of data resources
  • Loading and exposing data as a node on the NGDS network

As part of the Obama Administration’s Open Data Policy to make federally managed information usable, discoverable, and easily accessible to the public, the NGDS—a project funded by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO)—will serve as a platform for sharing consistent, reliable geothermal-relevant technical data with users of all types, supplying tools relevant for their work. As aggregated data supports new scientific findings, this content-rich linked data ultimately broadens the pool of knowledge available to fuel discovery and development of commercial-scale geothermal energy production. DOE’s node on the NGDS, referred to as the Geothermal Data Repository (GDR), is where GTO funds' recipients upload their project data.  Growth in the depth and breadth of data accessed through NGDS will progressively yield higher quality analyses at every stage of geothermal development, from exploration through sustained production. This in turn will serve to drive down risks and costs that have historically deterred investment in geothermal projects.

The NGDS’s Node-in-a-Box (NIAB) software, created by project awardees to facilitate easy submission as a node on the NGDS’s federated network, is based on the U.S. Geosciences Information Network (USGIN and CKAN (, which is also being utilized by ( The platform allows industry participants, academia, and commercial and government stakeholders to become data providers and access data that is searchable through the NGDS.

Join us and learn all about the NGDS!

Last updated: Mon, September 16, 2013

The National Geothermal Data System (NGDS) will be prominently featured at the upcoming 2013 Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting and Geothermal Energy Association Expo.  If you or one of your colleagues is presenting at the GRC, please make sure to send the presentation name, date, and time of the presentation to so that we can include the information at the NGDS booth.

September 29-October 2, 2013

MGM Grand Hotel and Resort
Las Vegas, NV

GEA Expo

Stop by booth 336 to explore the NGDS and its improved User Interface!  The booth includes a brief introduction to NGDS, guided tours of the NGDS, and the ability to complete one-on-one user interface testing.  Also, learn about the NGDS session, workshop, and related talks.

GRC Annual Meeting

On Wednesday, October 2, Arlene Anderson, DOE Geothermal Technologies Office, will lead a NGDS Session in Room 123 from 8:00am until 9:40am.  Talks include:

  • Developing a Universal Geothermal Data Management System at 8:00
  • NGDS Community Requirements and Information Engineering at 8:20
  • NGDS User Centered Design: Meeting the Needs of the Community at 8:40
  • Increasing Access to Federal Data Through the DOE Geothermal Data Repository at 9:00
  • Sustaining the NGDS: Considerations for a System Wide Approach and Node Maintenance at 9:20

Also, on Wednesday, October 2, from 2pm to 5pm in Room 118 join us for the NGDS Workshop "Drilling Down: How Legacy and New Research Data Can Advance Geothermal Development."  This hands on workshop includes a series of information desks about the NGDS.  A plenary at 3pm will be offered, followed by additional opportunities to explore the NGDS.  Additional information on the workshop can be found by downloading the flyer. We encourage your participation as your presence is vital to the conversation. Reserve your space today in this free session by completing the Google Form. Please bring your laptop to the workshop to be able to engage with the data. Also, consider joining the conversation on Facebook, Twitter #NGDS, and LinkedIn.

Last updated: Fri, June 7, 2013

The AASG Contributions to the National Geothermal Data System is hosting its annual project meeting at the 2013 Association of American State Geologists' Annual Meeting in Deadwood, SD next week.  The following are a list of events and activities that may be of interest to the project community:

Monday, June 10, 2013

  • AASG Business Session: Geologic Information Committee Report - Leveraging New Opportunities in Cyberinfrastructure
  • Plenary Session: AASG Successes in the National Geothermal Data System
  • Track 1 Survey Sustainability: Web Accessibility & Communications, this session will be broadcast live using Livestream at: starting at 2:30pm PDT/3:30pm MDT/4:30 pm CDT/5:30pm EDT for those interested in following along

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

  • Track 1: NGDS Project Meeting: Sustainability and Additional Funding Options
  • Track 2: Geothermal Breakout Session - new data and user interface

Live demonstrations will be taking place next to the registration table Monday through Wednesday.

Last updated: Wed, May 15, 2013

Items in this month's newsletter:

  1. Western Regional Workshop at the NV GIS Conference
  2. DOE Annual Peer Review
  3. NGDS YouTube Site
  4. AASG Contributions to the NGDS PI, Lee Allison on Arizona Public Media's Arizona Illustrated Science
  5. Upcoming Events

Western Regional Workshop at the NV GIS Conference

Thank you to all of the participants at the Western Regional Workshop, "Demystifying Interoperability," held May 14, 2013 in Reno, NV and for the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology for arranging the workshop locations!  Overall, the workshop was a great experience for us as hosts, and we look forward to refining the process over the next few months as we prepare for the Central Region Workshop at the IL Geological Survey in July.  These workshops are a critical piece of our sustainability preparation and planning, so we encourage you to each carve out the time to attend.  At the workshop we covered the importance of interoperability, and demonstrated tools for using interoperable data.  We also discussed the paradigm shift in data management - that data services and archiving are becoming more and more a part of general operating costs, in similar fashion to hosting a web site.  Disaster recovery through Hyper V replication and virtualized servers were covered for the IT breakout session, and maps and data delivery were covered in the Geology breakout session.  Finally, in the afternoon, we walked through the data delivery process, from general QA/QC of the data to deploying a service - thus demystifying web services.  To view the presentations and documentation from the workshop, visit our GitHub directory.  For those that attended the workshop, we would appreciate your feedback on the topics covered, clarification of any of the sessions, or suggestions for improvement prior to our next outing.  Please contact us by email with suggestions.  The next workshop will be at the Illinois Geological Survey in Urbana-Champaign in July.  Dates are being confirmed and we'll release an announcement with workshop dates, final location, and lodging information as soon as we can.

Department of Energy's Geothermal Technology Office Annual Peer Review

On April 22-25, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) held its annual Peer Review Meeting at the Renaissance Denvery Hotel in Denver, CO.  The GTO funds 154 research and development projects leveraging nearly $500 million in total combined investment, and 95 of those projects presented at the annual review event.  These projects are reviewed by independent, qualified peers to assess key achievements in geothermal development and to meet strategic DOE guidelines.  You can view the 2013 presentations in their entirety at the GTO 2013 Peer Review page, to view the AASG Contributions Presentation, click here.  The NGDS also had a demonstration booth available at the Peer Review to introduce participants to the NGDS as well as capture feedback on the currently developing user-interface.  Watch the demonstration video at:  We'd like to thank the NGDS participants from Boise State University, Southern Methodist University, and Siemens Corporate Research for their assistance in creating this demonstration and staffing the exhibit.

NGDS YouTube Channel Launched

Now you can find all of your favorite tutorials and webinars in one place at the National Geothermal Data System YouTube site:  This site has allowed us to better organize the materials that were once only available on  We are working to revise the Media page on, so check back by the end of the month for a new way of viewing the AASG related media.

Project PI, Lee Allison, on Arizona Public Media's Arizona Illustrated Science

On May 7, 2013, AASG Contributions to the NGDS PI, Lee Allison, was featured on Arizona Public Media's Arizona Illustrated Science in an interview by Biosphere 2 crewmember, Jane Poynter.  Watch Dr. Allison's interview where he talks about geothermal energy and the NGDS.

Upcoming Events

  1. NGDS at AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition, May 19-22, 2013: PI, Lee Allison, and Geoinformatics Specialist, Christy Caudill, will be staffing the NGDS booth 2144 at the upcoming AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition.  Beginning Tuesday, DOE Program Officer, Arlene Anderson will be on site as well.  We'll be providing a video demo, as well as the ability to conduct live data searches.  If you're attending, please stop by the booth.  If you'd like a free pass to the exhibit hall, please contact us.
  2. Geothermal Break-Out at AASG Annual Meeting in Deadwood, SD, June 9-12, 2013: PI, Lee Allison, and Project Manager, Kim Patten, will be in attendance at the AASG Annual Meeting to present on sustaining the NGDS at state geological surveys in the Geothermal Break-Out Session, tentatively planned for Wednesday, June 12.  For more information on the AASG Annual Meeting and to register visit:
Last updated: Wed, March 27, 2013

Items in this Month's Newsletter

  1. NGDS Goes to Canada for the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association Meeting
  2. New Content Model Repository is Released
  3. AZGS Prepares for the DOE Annual Peer Review
  4. Preparations Begin for Workshop at NV GIS Conference
  5. AASG Annual Meeting in Deadwood, SD
  6. Remembering Marshall Reed


From March 20-22, 2013 the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA) hosted its annual geothermal conference in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  This year's theme of "Digging Deep" attracted participants from industry, academia, and government.  NGDS was featured during the "Mapping & Database Workshop" which was held for the entire day on Thursday.  This workshop offered a robust look at the recently produced Alberta Favorability Map, the CO2 North American Storage Atlas, NGDS, and the IGA Global Protocol and Reporting Code. Speakers participating in the NGDS included: Lee Allison, AZGS; Maria Richards, SMU; Steve Richard, AZGS; and Arlene Anderson, DOE.  Additional information on the conference can be found here, and a program may be downloaded here. To read more about Dr. Allison's experiences at the event, please view his blog.

New Content Model Repository is Released

In order to facilitate and ease the use of Content Models, or Data Exchange Formats, across all of the NGDS projects we have implemented a repository for storing and maintaining system wide formats.  This does not change any of the existing data formats, only makes it easier to find the correct format and for us to store the models in a clearer location.  You can find a refreshed version of the Data Exchange Formats here; we will be revising the page soon.  As long term users of the exchange formats, we value your feedback.  If you have any suggestions on improving the functionality of this page, please send us a quick email.

AZGS Prepares for the DOE Annual Peer Review

AZGS has completed and submitted the required presentation and supplemental documents for the 2013 Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Office Annual Peer Review.  The Review is taking place, April 22-25, 2013 at the Renissance Denver Hotel in Denver, CO.  AZGS will present on Monday afternoon and host a NGDS booth near the registration table on Monday and Tuesday.  The booth will provide an overview of the NGDS and provide information on how end-users, such as the attendees at the review, can utilize NGDS.  Additional information on the review, including the agenda, is available on the EERE GTO site.

Preparations Begin for the NGDS User Workshop at NV GIS Conference

A one day workshop on NGDS, in particular on deploying compliant services and registering data, will be hosted at the NV GIS Conference on May 14, 2013 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, NV.  Additional information on this workshop is forthcoming; however, we recommend that current participants from within the region plan to attend.  A second workshop will be hosted during the summer in Urbana-Champaign, IL for the east/midwest region. 

AASG Annual Meeting

The AASG Annual Meeting is taking place in Deadwood, SD this year from June 9-13, 2013 at the Lodge at Deadwood Gaming Resort. Project PIs are encouraged to attend the geothermal breakout session where we will be discussing sustainability of the system.

Remembering Marshall Reed

The geothermal community lost a leading advocate with the passing of Dr. Marshall John Reed.  Dr. Reed spent the majority of his career focusing on renewable and sustainable resource development.  He is the co-author of the USGS 2008 Assessment of Geothermal Resources and worked for the DOE Geothermal Program when it was part of the EERE Office of Utility Technologies.  A celebration of life will be held on April 21st in San Ramon Valley, CA.  Additional information regarding the service is available here.


Last updated: Mon, February 25, 2013

Items in this month's newsletter:

  1. National Geothermal Data System featured in Scientific American
  2. Oregon's New Geothermal Map using NGDS Data and Features
  3. Stanford Geothermal Conference Papers are Available
  4. NGDS Logo for distribution
  5. Other Quick Announcements

NGDS Featured in Scientific American

On February 25, 2013, Scientific American featured "New Geothermal Data System Could Open Up Clean-Energy Reserves" by William Ferguson.  The article features a nice overview of the NGDS system with interviews featuring Susan Petty, president and chief technology officer at AltaRock Energy; Roland Horne, director of Stanford University's geothermal program; and Lee Allison, Arizona State Geologist and director AZ Geological Survey (AZGS).  Please feel free to share this resource with your press contacts and on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.  If you do share this article using social networking, please consider adding the hashtags #Geothermal and #NGDS.  For an example, feel free to view the AZGS Twitter Site at:

Oregon's New Interactive Geothermal Map

On February 12, 2013 the Associated Press released the story "Oregon's geothermal resources on display in new online interactive map" by Jeff Barnard.  The story features the new interactive online map posted by the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries.  Additional coverage on this project is available from KTVZ "Spotlight on Oregon's geothermal potential" released February 24, 2013.  This map uses data that has been digitized as part of the AASG project.

Stanford Geothermal Papers Are Now Available

The four papers presented as part of the NGDS Session at the Stanford Geothermal Conference on Reservoir Engineering are now available through the Stanford Geothermal Program's website at: Papers are written on the following topics:

  • "NGDS User Centered Design - Meeting the Needs of the Geothermal Community," Harold BLACKMAN, Suzanne BOYD, Kim PATTEN, Sam ZHENG
  • "NGDS Geothermal Data Domain Assessment of Geothermal Community Data Needs," David BLACKWELL, Toni BOYD, Roland HORNE, Joe MOORE, Duan NICKULL, Stephen RICHARD, Lisa SHEVENELL
  • "NGDS Node Deployment Adoption of CKAN for Domestic and International Data Deployment," Ryan CLARK, Christoph KUHMUENCH, Stephen RICHARD
  • "DOE Geothermal Data Repository - an NGDS Node Designed for the Collection and Provision of DOE Geothermal RD&D Projects Data," Jon WEERS, Arlene ANDERSON

We plan to compile these papers into a compendium of documents on the NGDS.


As a project participant, if you haven't already included a logo and link to the NGDS site from your homepage (or geothermal page), please consider doing so.  Logo's in .png format are available for download at:  When providing the link, please ensure that you link to the prime project web site at

Other Announcements

For those State Geological Survey's linked with an academic institution consider applying to the U.S. Dept. of Energy's National Geothermal Student Competition.  The application due date is March 29, 2013.  The project seeks to engage students in collaborative exercise to develop a business plan for developing a geothermal enterprise, especially in their home state/region.  Teams of undergraduate and graduate students (but no more than 50% of the team can be graduate students) are encouraged to apply.  For more information visit the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. Last year, Idaho State University students received the prize.

Last updated: Thu, January 31, 2013

The U.S. Department of Energy, Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO), is pleased to announce the release their Fiscal Year 2012 Annual Report, showcasing GTO's project updates and key milestones, including the National Geothermal Data System (featured on page 12 of the report/14 of the PDF). The report can be found on the Geothermal Technologies Office website, or by following this link directly to the report.

Last updated: Fri, January 25, 2013

Items in this month's update:

  1. NGDS Special Session at the Stanford Geothermal Workshop, February 11-13, 2013
  2. Updates from Contributors - Idaho Geological Survey released preliminary results from NGDS new data collection

Stanford Geothermal Workshop

The Stanford Geothermal Workshop is taking place February 11-13, 2013 at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center in Stanford, CA.  Goals of the Workshop: to bring together engineers, scientists and managers involved in geothermal reservoir studies and developments; provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on the exploration, development and use of geothermal resources; and to enable prompt and open reporting of progress.  Papers submitted to the workshop are made available online at the Program page.  NGDS will have a special session to engage geothermal reservoir engineers and other potential end-users of the NGDS during the conference.  Also available during the conference will be one-on-one sessions to perfect the User Interface of the NGDS.

The following presentations are part of Session 2(C) taking place on Monday, February 11th:

  • "NGDS User Centered Design - Meeting the Needs of the Geothermal Community," Harold BLACKMAN, Suzanne BOYD, Kim PATTEN, Sam ZHENG [Abstract]
  • "NGDS Geothermal Data Domain Assessment of Geothermal Community Data Needs," David BLACKWELL, Toni BOYD, Roland HORNE, Joe MOORE, Duan NICKULL, Stephen RICHARD, Lisa SHEVENELL [Abstract]
  • "NGDS Node Deployment Adoption of CKAN for Domestic and International Data Deployment," Ryan CLARK, Christoph KUHMUENCH, Stephen RICHARD [Abstract]
  • "DOE Geothermal Data Repository - an NGDS Node Designed for the Collection and Provision of DOE Geothermal RD&D Projects Data," Jon WEERS, Arlene ANDERSON [Abstract]

Full papers will be released prior to the conference.  Links will be posted to this newsletter when they are available.  Additional sessions, talks, abstracts, and papers are available at:

Updates from Contributors

Idaho Geological Survey: The Idaho Geological Survey and University of Idaho released initial assessments of new thermal gradient wells completed under the New Data Collection in the NGDS.  This effort was geared towards providing the most accurate assessment of high-temperature geothermal energy potential in the region.  "These new thermal gradient wells will provide the first accurate picture of the heat flow regime beneath this important volcanic province," said project leader John Welhan, Idaho Geological Survey research geologist.  Three wells were completed in the Blackfoot-Gem Valley volcanic field of southeastern Idaho within an 18-mile radius of China Hat, a 60,000 year-old region of volcanic rock near Soda Springs, ID.  A key part of the drilling project's success has been the ongoing geothermal data compilation effort for the NGDS as the availability of such data has allowed researchers to formulate hypotheses on the Blackfoot-Gem Valley volcanic field's geothermal potential that will be tested with the data acquired from the newly drilled wells.  The next steps in the drilling program will be thermal profiling of the new wells, measuring the rocks' thermal properties and performing heat flow calculations.  To read the full release, click here.

Arizona Geology, the magazine of the Arizona Geological Survey, published "Success Stories from the National Geothermal Data System" in the Winter Edition.  To share your success story please email us.

Last updated: Thu, December 20, 2012

Seeking Alpha, a financial and stock tracking website, released "Geothermal's Big 12 Events of 2012" by Herman Trabish, on December 18, 2012.  Included in the list at number 7 was the Utah Geological Survey (UGS) discovery of a major sedimentary geothermal resource in the Black Rock Desert Basin as part of the new data collected under the Department of Energy-funded AASG State Geological Survey Contributions to the National Geothermal Data System.  UGS released this news at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Geothermal Resources Council in early October, 2012.  Additional information was included in the November eNews for the AASG project.

Text from the article:

"Seven: Utah Geological Survey testing discovered a new type of high-temperature energy reservoir in the Utah-Arizona-Nevada Black Rock desert basin that showed a potential equivalent to California’s Geysers, the Calpine Corp. (CPN) fields that produce a third of the world’s geothermal energy."



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