Elsevier Launches Geofacets, a New Tool to Help Geoscientists Analyse and Interpret Data to Deliver Accurate Geological Assessments

Provides access to a web-based, searchable collection of more than 100,000 geological maps and 65,000 articles from Elsevier’s 31 earth sciences journals.

New York, NY, 13 September, 2010 – Elsevier, the world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced the launch of Geofacets (www.info.geofacets.com), a search and discovery tool which delivers relevant content from Elsevier's market-leading earth sciences journals. Geofacets will help geoscientists in the oil and gas industry spend less time searching and formatting content and more time on analysis and interpretation to identify and characterize potential sources of hydrocarbon resources.

The tool offers direct desktop access to reliable georeferenced maps and the trusted geologic content embedded in Elsevier’s journal articles. It allows geoscientists to:

  • Search geographically via an interactive map
  • Search textually for relevant content by keyword, geographic location, author, etc.
  • View results geographically
  • Refine a large number of search results, enabling the user to sort the results according to map type, geographic location, keyword, author, etc.
  • Download relevant content as georeferenced maps (GeoTIFF) and other image formats (JPEG or TIFF), facilitating easy integration with the geoscientist’s workflow and software
  • Access the full-text article, which provides contextual information that leads to better analysis and interpretation

“We fully recognize the pressure placed on geoscientists to make high stake recommendations in a limited period of time,” explains Phoebe McMellon, geologist and Product Manager at Elsevier. “Geofacets complements the way geoscientists already work and enables them to focus on analyzing and interpreting the data needed to make informed decisions.”

Geofacets satisfies the geoscientist’s heavy reliance on maps and geographically relevant data in the early stages of exploration by automatically pulling in all of the georeferenced maps and content related to specific geographic areas of interest or subject matter (i.e., gas hydrates, salt dome). Nearly half of the maps are georeferenced and indexed according to geologic basins, enabling geoscientists to use the unique geographic search interface to quickly find maps associated with specific basins and countries.

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