GIS Publications Committee
AAPG GIS Publication Strategy
AAPG will make its Geographic Information Systems (GIS) spatial publications indispensible to its members and to the petroleum geoscience community by innovative, timely, high-quality publishing.
Mission and Goals
The GIS Publications committee and Datapages, under the leadership of the Elected Editor and Geoscience Director, solicit and evaluate proposals for publications, recommend standards for format and quality, and ensure quality and rigor through peer review.
- Improve quality of GIS publications by soliciting many proposals and increasing selectivity from among these.
- Manage expectations for acquiring and publishing GIS material. Develop and implement standards for quality and for technical review.
- Create a global network of GIS committee members and collaborators from industry, academia, and geological surveys.
- Partner with the print-focused Publications Committee to produce joint print and GIS projects whenever practical.
- Contribute to the management of consortium funds by providing two AAPG GIS Committee representatives to sit on the OSU-AAPG Consortium Advisory Board; high-grade Datapages and GIS Publications Committee project funding proposals and liaise with the OSU consortium cartography department to ensure production of high quality and timely results.
(Historically, no specific financial goal has been set because of the importance of disseminating scientific information to AAPG members and the unpredictability of sales and reader interest from year to year, but the GIS publications effort should be geared towards breaking even, similar to the print and electronic publications effort.)
Elected Editor – oversight of all AAPG technical publication
Chairman of the GIS Publications Committee:
- Reports to the Elected Editor
- Recruit committee members and peer reviewers for GIS proposals and projects. In partnership with committee members, solicit proposals for GIS projects. Administer peer review or proposals and accepted projects under direction of the Elected Editor. Serve on Datapages Board of Directors and OSU consortium board. Appoint second GIS Publications Committee member to OSU consortium board.
GIS Publications committee – recommendation and support of new products for the AAPG spatial library. Development and recommendation of geospatial data publication standards. Recommendation of methods to capture geospatial data as it is submitted to AAPG for publication in the Bulletin, the Explorer, Special Publications, or other publications.
Authors and reviewers (not necessarily AAPG members) – development and peer review of geospatial publications.
AAPG staff – support for tracking and archiving of GIS project proposals, reviews, and decisions using SharePoint or similar Web-based system.
Datapages staff – production, tracking and electronic archiving of spatial publications.
Actions and Key Dates
- Implement SharePoint or similar Web-based tool to assign, track, and archive all material related to GIS proposals and approved projects – Q1 2009.
- Quality initiative – review annually in December to review and identify ongoing need to encourage prospective authors.
- Editor presentations at annual ICE and ACE speaker breakfasts to encourage authors to submit proposals.
- Editor and GIS Publications chairman review ICE and ACE sessions for potential Special Publications topics and solicit proposals.
- As with all AAPG Committees the GIS Spatial Publications Committee will have an annual budget that to cover committee budget for items related to business meetings, teleconference charges, AV, and other projects. This budget will be developed annually working with its staff liaison.
- AAPG/OSU Consortium – funded by Pickens donation, currently estimated to be $200,000 annually, but this could grow due to other donations. The GIS committee will participate in approval of projects managed by the consortium. The current allotment for the projects recommended by the GIS Publications Committee is 40% of the annual budget. The current allotment for projects recommended by AAPG/Datapages staff is 40% of the annual budget. The final 20% of the annual budget will be directed to new research projects recommended by OSU Faculty or students.
- Additional project funding may be sought from other sources as warranted.
Number of GIS Publication proposals received
Number of hits for GIS Publications web sites; volume of data downloaded.