The Geothermal Data Repository: Five Years of Open Geothermal Data, Benefits to the Community

Jonathan Weers, Nicole Taverna, Arlene Anderson

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In the five years since its inception, the Department of Energy's (DOE) Geothermal Data Repository (GDR) has grown from the simple idea of storing public data in a centralized location to a valuable tool at the center of the DOE open data movement where it is providing a tangible benefit to the geothermal scientific community. Researchers funded by the DOE Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) have contributed nearly 1,000 data submissions to the GDR. Not only are these data critical to geothermal science, economics, exploration, development, and operations, they can also be used by others working in related fields. Free and easy access to data saves people time and reduces duplication of effort. To ensure that GTO continues making high-quality data sets public, it is critical that the GDR curation team at NREL work closely with GTO Project Leads to ensure that their data providers to improve the quality of submitted data and embrace modern proper data management strategies to maximize the value and utility of submitted data. This paper explores some of the motivations behind improvements to the GDR over the last 5 years, changes in data submission trends, and the ways in which these improvements have helped to drive research, fuel innovation, and accelerate the adoption of geothermal technologies.

Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2017
Event2017 Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting - Salt Lake City, Utah
Duration: 1 Oct 20174 Oct 2017


Conference2017 Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting
CitySalt Lake City, Utah

Bibliographical note

See NREL/CP-6A20-68627 for preprint

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-6A20-71328


  • big data
  • cloud
  • future
  • GDR
  • geothermal data repository
  • information
  • innovation
  • management
  • NGDS
  • provenance
  • submission


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