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USGIN content model proposed for all US earth observation data

Arizona Geology Blog - Wed, 2015-12-23 11:49

We are excited to report that the USGIN Content Model schema is recommended for adoption by the White House-led US Group on Earth Observations (USGEO) "Common Framework for Earth-Observation Data."

This framework would apply to ~$30 billion of earth observation data collected each year by US agencies.
AZGS manages the US Geoscience Information Network ( on behalf of the Association of American State Geologists, and in collaboration with the USGS.  USGIN was deployed as the data integration framework for the DOE-funded National Geothermal Data System (  We have been promoting it for adoption for other data management uses.   

The comment period is now open through January 15, 2016.

USGIN is referenced page 28:

“Parameter Names –for naming data parameters in metadata fields, the recommendation of the Common Framework is to use:”
“Content Models
·U.S. Geoscience Information Network “community” content models ( ” The document with instructions on submitting comments is available at
A blog post with additional information is available at
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USGS launches new website for Gold King Mine spill

Arizona Geology Blog - Mon, 2015-12-21 19:56

The USGS has launched a new website -  which provides water data, images, reports and interactive maps related to the Gold King Mine accidental spill which happened on August 5, 2015 near Silverton, Colorado.  [Right, Animas River below Silverton, CO, on Aug. 13, 2015.  Credit, USGS]

The website serves as a one-stop-shop and single source of  USGS information and data related to the spill and provides links to:

 ·         Water quality databases for recent and historical sample analyses along the spill area.

 ·         Interactive maps of current and past USGS water-quality sampling sites and real-time streamgages in the San Juan River watershed, including Cement Creek and Animas River.

 ·         Satellite imagery of the watershed area including both pre and post-event data.

 ·         A selected bibliography of past USGS reports on abandoned mine lands and natural sources of metals and acidity to streams in the Silverton area.

 ·          A gallery of Gold King Mine photos taken by USGS field personnel the week of August 10, 2015.[modified from the USGS announcement]

The Arizona Geological Survey maintains an interactive web map with sample locations and results from all of the state and federal agencies monitoring the spill and its aftermath, at  You can search for any samples that exceeded drinking water standards, and over what time period.
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Suzette Kimball confirmed as Director of the USGS

Arizona Geology Blog - Mon, 2015-12-21 13:28
The U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. Suzette M. Kimball as Director of the U.S. Geological Survey.  President Obama announced his intent to nominate Kimball as Director in January 2014, and she has been leading the agency in an acting capacity since February 2013.

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