DOE Geothermal Data Repository - Tethering Data to Information: Preprint

Jonathan Weers, Arlene Anderson

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


Data are not inherently information. Without context, data are just numbers, figures, names, or points on a line. By assigning context to data, we can validate ideas, form opinions, and generate knowledge. This is an important distinction to information scientists, as we recognize that the context in which we keep our data plays a big part in generating its value. The mechanisms used to assignthis context often include their own data, supplemental to the data being described and defining semantic relationships, commonly referred to as metadata. This paper provides the status of the DOE Geothermal Data Repository (DOE GDR), including recent efforts to tether data submissions to information, discusses the important distinction between data and information, outlines a path to generateuseful knowledge from raw data, and details the steps taken in order to become a node on the National Geothermal Data System (NGDS).
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2014
EventThirty-Ninth Workshop of Geothermal Reservoir Engineering - Stanford, California
Duration: 24 Feb 201426 Feb 2014


ConferenceThirty-Ninth Workshop of Geothermal Reservoir Engineering
CityStanford, California

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-6A20-61403


  • data
  • DOE
  • DOE
  • energy department
  • GDR
  • GDR
  • geothermal
  • geothermal data repository
  • information
  • NGDS
  • OpenEI


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