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Marine Realms Information Bank Makes Headlines

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Three years of cataloguing, designing, and programming has paid off for the Marine Realms Information Bank (MRIB) team. Last month, ArcUser Magazine, a tutorial publication created by the geographic-information-system (GIS) software company ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute), described MRIB as a "sophisticated" digital library of the future.

MRIB, an effort of the Coastal and Marine Geology Program, is headed by Fran Lightsom and Fausto Marincioni of the Woods Hole Field Center (WHFC). This information portal serves as an online library that gives users many different ways to search catalogued information about the marine and coastal environments.

The article that honored MRIB, "Better Document Management Through Georeferencing," refers to the importance of digital libraries, such as MRIB, in retaining global access to scientific information. It states that the work being done on MRIB and other leading digital libraries, such as the Federal Geographic Data Committee's MARC 21, the Online Computer Library Center's Dublin Core fields, and the Alexandria Digital Library Project, will "ultimately lead to powerful and flexible information-mining tools."

ArcUser Magazine is a quarterly publication that highlights emerging technologies in the GIS field and provides information on the use of GIS equipment in various industries.

For additional information, read the ESRI article online. (The mention of MRIB is on page 3 of the online article.)

Related Sound Waves Stories
MRIB to Host Digital Library of Gulf of Maine
September 2001
Marine Realms Information Bank, A Web-Distributed Geo-Library for the Ocean
January 2001

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Better Document Management Through Georeferencing
Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)

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