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Welcome to the Geoscience Information Society

The Geoscience Information Society (GSIS) facilitates the exchange of information in the geosciences through cooperation among scientists, librarians, editors, cartographers, educators, and information professionals.

GSIS is a member society of the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), and an associated society of the Geological Society of America (GSA).

Current News and Events

◆ Call for Best Research Resource Award Nominations:

The GSIS Best Research Resource Award Committee is seeking your nominations for the annual Mary B. Ansari Best Research Resource Award for the best geosciences research resource publication or website. The award recognizes geoscience research resource works or works focused on information aspects of the geosciences. As of 2016, the Best Website award has been rolled into this award, so if there’s a great website you’re aware of, feel free to nominate it.

Submissions will be evaluated using the following criteria:

The work must have been published or produced within 3 years preceding the GSIS 2018 annual meeting (2016-2018). The title does not have to strictly be “geoscience” but it should have significant value to the geoscience information community. Local or specialized works can be considered if they are particularly high in quality and could serve as a model for other works. Formats other than monograph and websites may be considered, for example tweets, online communities, maps, databases, etc. Any works nominated should be in a generally useable format (DVD, online, etc.), be generally available for purchase by libraries, and, theoretically, have a stable future. Although no work is specifically excluded from consideration, textbooks or monographs in geoscience or library/information science would not normally be considered.

Please send nominations to the chair of the committee by June 15, 2018:

◆ Call for Best Paper Award Nominations:

The Best Paper Award Committee of the Geoscience Information Society (GSIS) is accepting nominations for the 2018 Best Paper Award. The committee is looking for original, significant and scholarly papers published in 2017 in the field of geoscience information. The papers must demonstrate effective professional communication and appeal to the broader geoscience information community. Send nominations by June 18, 2018 to the chair of the committee, Kay Johnson, at The nomination should include a detailed citation, and, if available, a link to the paper. For a list of previous award recipients, see: You know the best geoscience information papers out there, and we welcome your suggestions!

◆ Annual Meeting:

Our next annual meeting will be in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 4-7, 2018.

◆ Updated Resources:

Check out the newly updated Resources for Authors & Editors of Guidebooks!

◆ Critical Issues Webinar:

The Geoscience Information Society is co-sponsoring this American Geosciences Institute webinar on Tracking the Global Supply of Critical Materials. Please consider attending. For information and to register, go to:

Critical Issues Webinar - Tracking the Global Supply of Critical Materials

No country in the world produces all of the mineral resources necessary for modern society. International trade plays a critical role in providing these raw materials, forming a global network of production, export, import, and use. This network must continuously adapt to national and international developments in science, technology, politics, and economics. As a result, information on the global flow of raw materials plays a fundamental role in improving national and international resilience to potential supply disruptions and market changes.

This webinar will focus on U.S. and EU efforts to gather information and develop tools that can be used to ensure a secure national and global supply of mineral resources; identify and quantify vulnerabilities in this supply; and stimulate national and international co-operation, education and outreach, and innovation in the development, recycling, and substitution of key mineral resources.

• Nedal Nassar, Chief, Materials Flow Analysis Section, National Minerals Information Center, U.S. Geological Survey
• Vitor Correia, President, European Federation of Geologists, and co-ordinator of the EU’s INTRAW project

When: January 26th, 2018 11:00 AM through 12:00 PM
Webinar Flyer

◆ Awards Presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting:

Distinguished Service Linda Zellmer

Best Paper Birgit Schmidt, Birgit Gemeinholzer, and Andrew Treloar

Mary B. Ansari Best Research Resource Award Jan Harff, Martin Meschede, Sven Petersen, and Jörn Thiede

Best Guidebooks David A. Kring, Geological Society of America, Arthur G. Sylvester and Elizabeth O'Black Gans

◆ 2017 Mary B. Ansari Distinguished Service Award:

Linda Zellmer, Government Information and Data Services Librarian at Western Illinois University, is the recipient of the 2017 Mary B. Ansari Distinguished Service Award. See the full news release.

Linda Zellmer

◆ GSIS 50th Anniversary:

GSIS 50 Anniversary

The Geoscience Information Society is celebrating 50 years of enhancing communication in the geosciences! Read about the Society's founding in 1966 and its early years at the links below:

"Early efforts leading to the founding of the Geoscience Information Society," by Robert (Skip) McAfee, GSIS Proceedings, vol. 21, 1991 p. 187-193

"Meeting the challenge," by Claren M. Kidd, GSIS Proceedings, vol. 21, 1991 p. 195-202.

GSIS Publications List 1966-2016

GSIS 1966-2016 Flickr Slideshow: