The Geothermal Data Repository: Ten Years of Supporting the Geothermal Industry with Open Access to Geothermal Data: Preprint

Jon Weers, Arlene Anderson, Nicole Taverna

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The Department of Energy's (DOE) Geothermal Data Repository (GDR) is celebrating its tenth anniversary! Over the last decade it has grown from the simple idea of storing public data in a centralized location to a valuable tool at the center of the US geothermal scientific community and an integral part of the DOE Geothermal Technologies Office (DOE GTO) project management strategy. Researchers funded by the DOE GTO have contributed over 1,300 data submissions to the GDR. These data have been used to further advancements in geothermal science, economic analysis, exploration, research, development, and operational efficiency. The adoption of open data methodologies and a data management strategy that prioritizes universal open access and standardized, interoperable data have further increased the value of GDR data, making them available across a distributed network of data sharing partners and improving their utility to other industries and related fields, including material science and space exploration. Incorporating feedback from users has been critical to the GDRs success, allowing it to grow over the years to meet the evolving needs of the geothermal community. This paper will explore some of many changes that occurred throughout the GDRs tenure and the lessons learned along the way, as well as highlight some of the new features and recent improvements that been implemented to support innovation, reduce duplication of effort, and advance the geothermal industry as a whole.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages15
StatePublished - 2022
EventGeothermal Rising Conference (GRC) - Reno, NV
Duration: 28 Aug 202231 Aug 2022


ConferenceGeothermal Rising Conference (GRC)
CityReno, NV

Bibliographical note

See NREL/CP-6A20-86440 for paper as published in proceedings

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-6A20-82837


  • accessibility
  • cloud
  • collaboration
  • data
  • discoverability
  • dissemination
  • equality
  • future
  • GDR
  • geothermal
  • innovation
  • lake
  • OEDI
  • OpenEI
  • pipeline
  • provenance
  • repository
  • standards
  • storage
  • submission
  • transfer
  • usability


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