Geological Survey knowledge shines in educational DVD

A new educational DVD on Alaskan glaciers, filled with archival images and data from the Geological Survey, is making its way into the instructional marketplace.

Bruce Molnia, a USGS research geologist who has written many books and scholarly articles on glaciers, unveiled the new disk, 'Glaciers: Alaska's Rivers of Ice,' yesterday at the DVD 2003 conference in Gaithersburg, Md. He offered the DVD as an example of how agencies and companies can team up to give new purpose to government data in the digital era.

Last year the Geological Survey and a contractor, Alpha DVD LLC of Gambrills, Md., signed a cooperative R&D agreement to produce the educational DVD, Molnia said. The private-sector partner provided the funds, personnel, services and equipment, and the agency brought to the project hours of broadcast-quality video and hundreds of stunning photographs taken over the years.

Some of the historical maps in the DVD chapter on Alaskan exploration came from the National Archives and Records Administration, Molnia said.

In addition to the documentary-style video, complete with music and narration, Alpha DVD created an interactive glossary of 100 glacier-related terms with photos, Molnia said. The disk, designed for high school and introductory college levels, is available through online vendors.

The National Association of Standards and Technology and the DVD Association co-sponsored the DVD 2003 conference.

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