GSW launches OpenGeoSci: map-based discovery platform

(Alexandria, VA & Stanford, CA,  28 October 2013) Debuting this month, 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.

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. GSW expects to add article data from its new eBooks Collections in 2014.

The OpenGeoSci (beta) site will launch October 27th at the 2013 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Denver. Visit GSW in Booth #301 for a demonstration and more information.

GSW is a unique non-profit organization that offers collaborative digital publishing solutions for the benefit of geoscience publishers and the entire earth science research community. GSW supports its publishing partners in accomplishing their missions and business objectives while also exploring and developing new technologies that meet evolving customer needs.

HighWire Press, a division of the Stanford University Libraries, has been hosting the GeoScienceWorld platform since 2005, adhering to its mission to collaborate with scholarly publishers to explore new ideas in technology while expanding research online.

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