February Newsletter for AASG Contributions to the NGDS

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.