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New Member in Family of Coastal and Marine Digital Libraries

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Above: Home page of the Coastal Change Hazards Digital Library, newest member of the USGS family of digital libraries, the Marine Realms Information Bank. [larger version]

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Coastal and Marine Geology Program has released a new version of its family of digital libraries. The Marine Realms Information Bank (MRIB) has provided access to free online scientific information about oceans, coasts, and coastal watersheds since 2001. The MRIB interface encourages library users to discover Web sites and online documents by browsing through its 12-category classification scheme. Moreover, MRIB was one of the first digital libraries to make full use of maps to allow users to search for information about particular locations. In 2004, the geographic capabilities of MRIB were used to create the Monterey Bay Science Digital Library, a regionally focused search interface providing access to online information about the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and the coastal watersheds of central California.

The newest member of the MRIB family is the Coastal Change Hazards Digital Library, released in August 2006. This specialized digital library focuses on natural hazards and human impacts in the coastal zone and uses a different topical classification than the parent MRIB interface. The new release provides for "crosswalks" between the MRIB and Coastal Change Hazards topical classifications, so that online resources originally indexed for one interface can be found using the other.

The MRIB digital library system, which is a product of the Coastal and Marine Geology Knowledge Management Project, is being incorporated in the new Coastal and Marine Knowledge Bank. Its principal creators are information specialist Alan Allwardt (USGS Pacific Science Center, Santa Cruz, Calif.) and programmer Guthrie Linck and oceanographer Fran Lightsom (both of the USGS Woods Hole Science Center in Woods Hole, Mass.). For more information about MRIB, read USGS Fact Sheet 064-03.

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Marine Realms Information Bank
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Coastal Change Hazards Digital Library
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The Marine Realms Information Bank—A Coastal and Marine Digital Library - USGS Fact Sheet 64-02
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Coastal and Marine Knowledge Bank Project
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