The Delaware Geological Survey has unveiled a new version of their public web site. Although many of the technologies employed are consistent with modern web standards, giving the user a familiar feel and comfort level, this version pays particular attention to information and the retrieval of it.
The site is designed to encourage exploration of content rather than searching for specific terms, although it serves both purposes. Seemingly disparate information is linked together through a common set of place names and topical keywords, also known as tagging, making it easy for people to "jump" to different parts of the site. Along with keyword tagging, this is also done using dynamic menus and blocks, and interactive exhibits using faceted filtering. Each page can also easily be shared on Facebook, Twitter, or other social networking sites.
Highlights of the new site include:
- a complete list of 200+ official DGS publications available for download, displayed in an interactive exhibit of faceted authors, keywords, locations, and dates.
- over two dozen digital datasets, including surficial geologic and hydrogeologic maps, available for download in GIS formats and as WMS mapping services
- the current Water Conditions Summary for Delaware, including historical data and interactive hydrographs for 30 groundwater, precipitation, and stream gage stations
- numerous photos and scans of interesting rock outcrops and fossils found throughout Delaware
- historical data