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Mary B. Ansari
Best Geoscience Research Resource Work Award

Call for 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:


Jan Harff, Martin Meschede, Sven Petersen, and Jörn Theide, editors. Encyclopedia of Marine Geosciences. Springer, 2016.


W. Jack Rink and Jeroen Thompson, editors. Encyclopedia of Scientific Dating Methods. Springer, 2015.


Roger L. Putnam, Allen F. Glazner, Bryan S. Law, and Greg M. Stock. Geologic Map of the Southeast Face of El Capitan, Yosemite Valley, California. Geological Society of America, 2014.


Heinrich D. Holland and Karl K. Turekian, editors-in-chief. Treatsie on Geochemistry, 2nd edition. Elsevier, 2013.


Henry R. Frankel. The Continental Drift Controversy. Cambridge University Press, 2012.


Robert Yeats. Active Faults of the World. Cambridge University Press, 2012.


Geoffrey Davies. Mantle Convection for Geologists. Cambridge University Press, 2011.


S. Ross Taylor and Scott McLennan. Planetary Crusts: Their Composition, Origin and Evolution. Cambridge University Press, 2009.


O. Richard Norton and Lawrence A. Chitwood. Field Guide to Meteors and Meteorites. Springer, 2008.


Lucy-Ann McFadden, Paul Weissman, and Torrence Johnson, editors. Encyclopedia of the Solar System. Academic, 2007.


Scott A. Elias, editor-in-chief. Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science. Elsevier, 2007.


Felix M. Gradstein, James G. Ogg, and Alan G. Smith, editors. A Geologic Time Scale, 2004. Cambridge University Press, 2004


James Holton, John Pyle, and Judith Curry, editors. Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences. Academic, 2003.


H.D. Holland and K.K. Turekian (executive editors). Treatise on Geochemistry. Elsevier Pergamon, 2004.


Paul Murdin (editor). Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Nature Publishing Group, 2001.


Mark D. Spalding, Corinna Ravilious, and Edmund P. Green. World Atlas of Coral Reefs. University of California Press, 2001.


Ronald Singer (editor). Encyclopedia of Paleontology. Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1999.


Haraldur Sigurdsson (editor). The Encyclopedia of Volcanoes. Academic Press, 1999.


James H. Shirley and Rhodes W. Fairbridge (editors). The Encyclopedia of Planetary Sciences. Chapman & Hall, 1997.


Ronald Greeley and Raymond Batson. The NASA Atlas of the Solar System. Cambridge University Press, 1997.


Stephen H. Schneider (editor-in-chief). Encyclopedia of Climate and Weather. Oxford University Press, 1996.


Thomas J. Ahrens (editor). A Handbook of Physical Constants. American Geophysical Union, 1996.


Tom Simkin and Lee Siebert. Volcanoes of the World: A Regional Directory, Gazetteer, and Chronology of Volcanism During the Last 10,000 Years. Geoscience Press, 1994.


John Sinkankas. Gemology: An Annotated Bibliography. Scarecrow Press, 1992.


William A. Nierenberg (editor-in-chief). Encyclopedia of Earth Systems Science. Academic Press, 1992.


Grant Heiken, David Vaniman, and Bevan M. French (editors). Lunar Sourcebook: a User's Guide to the Moon. Cambridge University Press, 1991


David Weishampel, Peter Dodson and Halszka Osmolska. The Dinosauria. University of California Press, 1990.


Willard Lincoln Roberts, Thomas J. Campbell, George R. Rapp and Wendell E. Wilson. Encyclopedia of Minerals, 2nd edition. Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1990.


William J. Frazier and David R. Schwimmer. Regional Stratigraphy of North America. Plenum Press, 1987.


Carl Seyfert (editor). The Encyclopedia of Structural Geology and Plate Tectonics. Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1987.