Leveraging the Power of AAPG’s Digital Data
As geoscientists we constantly incorporate the best available data into our projects – whether it is seismic data, well logs, or published maps and interpretations. In fact, our interpretations evolve with time, as new information becomes available. As AAPG members, we all know that the AAPG Bulletin is one important source to draw from in our quest to find the right information for our project. Likewise, the AAPG Special Publications and publications from the GCAGS, CSPG, and others are important sources – but how do you obtain and systematically search all these sources? If, like almost 1/3 of our members, you are an independent consultant, producer, or work for a very small company, you probably have very limited office space, and can’t build a collection of all the hardcover books and journals.
The solution is the collections of AAPG/Datapages that are available online to all members. You probably know that the AAPG Bulletin is online via the Members Only section of AAPG.org, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg of data that is at your fingertips. Want to know more?
♦ Single User Subscriptions to the combined AAPG/Datapages publication archives. This fully searchable collection contains almost everything AAPG has published, including the Memoirs, along with the journals and other publications of CSPG, RMAG, HGS, and over 30 other petroleum geology publishers. In addition to the Bulletin, the collection contains over 39,000 articles. Various subscription options are available to members. A basic one-year subscription of $285 gives unlimited access to this important collection. Find out more at: http://members.aapg.org/index.cfm
♦ Search and Discovery: Search and Discovery is available to the public and contains over 49,000 presentations and poster sessions from AAPG and related meetings, along with abstracts and video recordings of various presentations, including the Discovery Thinking sessions. This site is so popular that it is providing over 1 million individual login sessions per year. Check it out at: http://www.searchanddiscovery.com/
♦ GIS-UDRIL: Still in its formative stages, GIS-UDRIL is a collection of geospatially referenced maps, databases, and other items of interest to the petroleum professional. We hope to soon be offering subscriptions to this via Members Only as well. However, a tremendous amount of information, resulting from the GIS Publication Committee’s work, is already available to members on the open access site at: http://www.datapages.com/Services/GISUDRIL/OpenFiles.aspx
♦ Webinars for GIS-UDRIL are held each month. The schedule for these and other Datapages information can be found at: http://www.datapages.com/Services/GISUDRIL/GISWebinars.aspx
It is fascinating to look back at how interpretations evolved with time, and learn from the combined wisdom of other geologists who were successful in some of the major discoveries such as the Haynesville, Deep Bossier, or Eagle Ford. They didn’t have all the data available at their fingertips that we have now. Imagine what’s possible today! You can share in this heritage via the Discovery Thinking Forum videos on Search and Discovery at: http://www.searchanddiscovery.com/specialcollections/discoverythinking.html.
As part of fulfilling our mission to advancing the science of petroleum geology, the AAPG/Datapages collection is available to you at your desktop. Check it out!