May 24, 2022

OpenGeoSci: New Map-Based Discovery Platform Debuts Online, Geographic Searching for More than 300,000 Maps

From OpenSciGeo and Highwire Press:

OpenGeoSci is a free, map-based discovery interface providing geographic searching for more than 300,000 maps, cross-sections, charts, tables, and other high-value content from GeoScienceWorld (GSW) publications (Geology).

The advanced technology behind OpenGeoSci is built and hosted by HighWire Press incorporating a design from iFactory. Using a combination of search terms, map locations, and a choice of filters, results take users directly to data within the displayed articles.

OpenGeoSci speeds the research process and exposes a broad audience of earth scientists and other professionals to a variety vetted resources.

“This innovative tool enables rapid discovery of an ever expanding collection of public and proprietary research assets,” says Alix Vance, Executive Director of GSW. “We are pleased to offer this unique application to over 4 million GSW users and the public alike.”

The OpenGeoSci interface uses a tablet-based design approach intended to work flexibly in different viewing environments, including desktop and laptop screens, tablets and other devices. Search results can be filtered by journal, topical category, publication date, zooming in on the map, or an area filter. Selecting a result on the map will open a content box that displays the data result, caption information, citation information, and a link to the original publication.

Content Accessible via OpenGeoSci

The data beneath the map-based discovery tool currently consists of approximately 309,000 maps, cross sections, charts, figures, and tables. These all originate form articles in GeoScienceWorld Millennium Collection journals (45 journals from 28 publishers, years 2000 to present). Geolocation coordinates are supplied by metadata in AGI’s GeoRef records. GSW expects to add article data from our new GSW eBooks Collections in 2014 and discussions are under way to add other data sources.

Geolocation coordinates are supplied in metadata provided by AGI’s GeoRef database. GeoRef uses polygons to approximate an assets geographic location. Coordinates for data assets are derived from the metadata of the article from which they are sourced. Any single may have multiple sets of assigned coordinates.

Direct to OpenGeoSci Database

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.