USGS recycles data on DVDs

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 books and scholarly articles on glaciers, unveiled the new disk, 'Glaciers: Alaska's Rivers of Ice,' this month at the DVD 2003 conference in Gaithersburg, Md. He offered the DVD as an example of how agencies and companies can team up to reuse government data.

Last year the Geological Survey and contractor Alpha DVD LLC of Gambrills, Md., signed a cooperative R&D agreement to produce the DVD. Alpha provided the funds, personnel, services and equipment, and the agency provided hours of broadcast-quality video and hundreds of photographs.

The disk, designed for high school classes and introductory college levels, is available through online vendors.

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