U.S. Geoscience Information Network
The US Geoscience Information Network is a partnership of the Association of American State Geologists (AASG - state geological surveys) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) whose purpose is to develop a national geoscience information framework that is distributed, interoperable, uses open source standards and common protocols, respects and acknowledges data ownership, fosters communities of practice to grow, and develops new web services and clients. The AASG and USGS have formed an interagency Steering Committee to pursue design and implementation of the Geoscience Information Network (GIN). Within the context of this partnership, several activities are ongoing, including the NSF-funded geoscience interoperabilty project headquartered at the Arizona Geological Survey, the DOE-funded National Geothermal Database, headquartered at Boise State University, and development of the National Digital Catalog at the U. S. Geological Survey. We look forward to collaboration with other projects as they evolve to develop an integrated, consistent approach to the discovery and distribution of geoscience information via the intenet.