- Corporate Subscription or Pay-Per-View.
"Many Members don't know that our online collection far exceeds just the AAPG BULLETIN," Blankenship said. "In addition to the BULLETIN, we have about three times the material that only can be accessed either through corporate subscription or via a pay-per-view link from the AAPG Web site."
The entire online library is a collection of publications from other publishers -- not just AAPG. Currently AAPG/Datapages offers more than 145,000 published pages of articles from GCAGS, CSPG, SEPM and many other affiliated societies.
In 2005 publications will be added from the Tulsa and Fort Worth geological societies and Indonesia Petroleum Association, to name a few, plus special publications from the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists.
Because AAPG does not own all the articles in the database, AAPG/Datapages manages the program on behalf of the consortium and pays royalty money to the publishers involved. Since 1997, more than $100,000 has been paid to AAPG affiliated societies who participate in the program.
"Individuals can access this tremendous online resource either through corporate subscription or pay-per-view," said Ron Hart, AAPG/Datapages project manager. "Pay-per-view is a low-cost alternative to fixed price subscriptions that allows a user to pay only for those articles he downloads."
All articles in the database sell for $8 (abstracts are currently $2) compared to much higher prices for obtaining the same articles through document delivery services. The user fees help offset the cost of maintaining the collection online.
Access to the AAPG/Datapages Library Pay-per-view Retrieval is provided in two primary places:
- AAPG Members Only. Click the Search BULLETIN Archives button. The "Transaction-based search and purchasing of all AAPG publications since 1917 available in the WINDS Technical Publications" at the bottom of this page links to the library. Log-in now.
- Search and Discovery (AAPG's e-journal project) home page. Use the link in the upper right-hand corner.
(Editor's note: A member's AAPG password may not work in the AAPG Pay-Per-View Retrieval. Because the pay-per-view service is maintained by a vendor under contract to AAPG, the user must first register and create a password. Registration is free.)
- Search and Discovery Online Journal.
In addition to hosting several search functions of AAPG publications, Search and Discovery (http://www.searchanddiscovery.net) is a public-access, e-journal published by AAPG/Datapages designed for rapid publication of articles and ideas specific to exploration and production.
The site posts more than 100 new articles each year plus more than 1,000 meeting paper abstracts from AAPG regional and international meetings, rivaling the AAPG BULLETIN in the amount of material published annually.
- GIS, Mapping and Spatial Data.
AAPG's newest publishing initiative, GIS-UDRIL, begins its third year of compiling data, maps and published information into common GIS formats for Web-based delivery.
"We're following a concept that says the components of a publication -- the maps, the data, the seismic lines, etc. -- all can be published electronically in machine-readable (electronic) format, and already georeferenced for rapid loading and interpretation by a geoscientist at a workstation," Blankenship said. "This is the 'next step' in electronic publishing.
"And in the future we will want authors to submit the same maps, lines and cross sections they already publish with us, in these machine readable formats," Blankenship added.
Past AAPG president Dick Bishop is chairing an ad hoc committee on future use of spatial data in AAPG, which is charged with:
- Recognizing the state of industry use of spatial data.
- Defining an AAPG standard for labeling and formatting spatial data.
- Recommending a work process within the volunteer and staff organizations to accelerate and encourage the publication of spatial data in electronic form.
Bishop hopes the committee will recommend action in all categories by mid-2005.
AAPG/Datapages welcomes ideas and comments. Contact Ron Hart () for information about programs. For subscription information contact the sales and service desk at