New GIS collections are being developed through the AAPG Foundation-OSU Geoscience GIS Consortium, a partnership between the AAPG Foundation and Oklahoma State University. This partnership was created in 2008 when the AAPG Foundation received a generous $10 million endowment from Mr. Boone Pickens. The endowment created the Boone Pickens Digital Geology Fund, which is earmarked to underwrite the creation of GIS publications, along with data acquisition and underlying geological research.
The Consortium exists to create, accelerate and sustain digital peer-reviewed GIS products, carried out through OSU’s Geology and Geography Departments and the AAPG GIS Publications Committee. The products will have direct application to the search for and development of petroleum and energy-related mineral resources, and / or related to environmental geology or related economic issues.
Example of Projects for Funding Consideration
- Projects with a focus on geology, energy, geography and economics
- Those needing cartographic work (maps and derivatives including vectorization, attribution, preparation of metadata and georeferencing)
- Research projects resulting in the creation of GIS-based databases, reports, and studies
- Projects where copyright is released to the AAPG, or permission to publish or re-use is granted
Currently In-Progress and Completed Projects
* Research Project
Consortium project management is provided by AAPG Datapages on behalf of the AAPG Foundation.
OSU Cartography Services currently employs graduate and undergraduate students to work on the AAPGF-OSU GIS Consortium projects.
Lauren Wood – has digitized maps for the Geological Highway Map series for over two years utilizing ArcGIS. Lauren Wood is a third year MS student who received her BS in Geography and a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems from Oklahoma State University. She received the 2015 OKSCAUG Scholarship, and her research interests are in wind energy.
Hayden Harrison - Hayden utilizes ArcGIS to digitize the tectonic features of the Geological Highway Map-Northern Rocky Mountain. She began working on this project in April of 2016. Hayden grew up in various cities throughout the Midwest and now attends Oklahoma State University where she is a junior studying to complete her Bachelor of Science in Geography. With a future career plan in urban planning and development, Hayden is studying to complete a Certificate of GIS at Oklahoma State as well. When she is not working or studying for upcoming exams, Hayden enjoys spending time outside with her Blue Heeler, Echo, and rock climbing with friends and family.
The AAPGF-OSU GIS Consortium projects support one GIS Specialist staff position. This position is responsible for the management and completion of the individual projects. OSU Cartography Services has employed Clay Barrett as the GIS Specialist since May 1st, 2015. Clay Barrett is an Oklahoma State University alum with a Master of Science in Geography and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences. The topic of his thesis was remote sensing of water quality in eastern Oklahoma using Landsat.