Energy Department Launches National Geothermal Data System

The NGDS encompasses thousands of databases, geologic maps, and reports, drawing from millions of digitized records that previously were unavailable.

The U.S. Department of Energy recently launched the National Geothermal Data System (NGDS), a free online tool intended to accelerate research and development to drive down the cost and improve the accuracy of subsurface exploration while encouraging investment in geothermal-energy production.

The NGDS encompasses thousands of databases, geologic maps, and reports, drawing from millions of digitized records that previously were unavailable.

Data from all Energy Department-funded geothermal research projects are submitted to the network through a dedicated interface called the Geothermal Data Repository. The NGDS conforms to U.S. Geosciences Information Network protocols and uses the same free, open-source content-management system as Data.gov, making NGDS data fully transparent to researchers and developers.

To learn more about the NGDS, go to www.geothermaldata.org.

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