David R. Soller

Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey

Current position

Chief, National Geologic Map Database project -- Development and management of science databases for support of societal decisionmaking and scientific research are critical and widely recognized needs. The National Geologic Mapping Act of 1992 stipulated creation and maintenance of a National Geologic Map Database (NGMDB, http://ngmdb.usgs.gov), as a national archive of spatially-referenced geoscience data. The Act further stipulates that all new information contributed to the NGMDB should adhere to technical and science standards that are to be developed as needed under the guidance of the NGMDB project. Development of a national database and its attendant standards is a daunting task requiring close collaboration among all geoscience agencies in the U.S., at the State and Federal levels. The Act, therefore, creates the environment for the USGS and the Association of American State Geologists (AASG) to collaborate to build the NGMDB and also serve the needs of their own agencies. In 1995, I led the process in which the NGMDB project plan was defined, and since that time I have been responsible for executing and adapting that plan. The NGMDB has evolved into a highly respected geoscience resource, and its impact on the evolution of digital geologic mapping standards and guidelines, in the U.S. and internationally, has been highly significant.

Contact information

U.S. Geological Survey
926A National Center
Reston, VA 20192
tel. -- (703) 648-6907
fax -- (703) 648-6977
e-mail -- drsoller@usgs.gov

Employment and education

Professional interests and goals

Appointments and committee assignments (previous assignments italicized)

Selected publications and products
NOTE: does not include presentations, lectures, and abstracts. Website products are at http://ngmdb.usgs.gov/.

(1) Mapping, science, and applications:

(2) Providing standardized geoscience information for the public and for decisionmaking:
NOTE: The Digital Mapping Techniques Proceedings listed below are the outcome of a highly regarded set of technical workshops and meetings conducted each year since 1997. Numerous papers regarding the NGMDB and standards development are contained therein. We are building a free-text search page to permit these papers to be readily found. In the interim, please direct questions to me, and also see the NGMDB's Standards and Guidelines page.

This page is http://ngmdb.usgs.gov/Info/drs.html
Last updated Aug. 12, 2012