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New Series: Databases By Alaska Agencies (DBAA)

Last week I mentioned that I was suspending the Three Books series for awhile to spend a few months sharing something else Alaska related.

So starting today, I’m going to take you on a tour of databases produced by Alaska State Agencies.

All of the databases I’ll be covering will be listed on the Alaska page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States (SADATFS). I coordinate SADAFTS for the State and Local Documents Task Force of ALA’s Government Documents Round Table.

I’m aiming for one database a week, to be posted on Wednesdays. Long time readers know this won’t always happen, but I’ll do my best.

We kick off this series with:

Alaska Oil and Gas Commission Public Databases – Searchable database of publicly available oil, gas and well data. Keyword and map based searching is available. Database requires IE 5.5 or higher.

This set of databases has this fairly long disclaimer:

The information presented in the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s Oil and Gas Information System is derived from our public well and production files and databases. The source documents in the Commission’s files remain the official record.

The Commission provides this information as a convenience to the public, with the understanding that it is not guaranteed to be accurate, correct or complete. The information presented here is not suitable for site-specific decision-making such as determining well courses, or for making financial or any other commitments. The Commission assumes no responsibility for any errors or omissions and makes no express or implied warranties with respect to the character, function, or capabilities of these products or their appropriateness for any user’s purposes.

To assist the Commission in the maintenance of this information, users should document errors, discrepancies, or omissions and report them to the Commission at: AOGCC.Web@alaska.gov

As many of you know, the production of oil and gas is a serious business in Alaska. Fear of misleading companies into bad financial decisions could be one motivation behind this disclaimer.

The site says and I agree that you will understand how to use the oil and gas databases better if you watch their FAQ videos at http://doa.alaska.gov/ogc/FAQ/faqindex.html. To get a feel for the kinds of data available for oil and gas wells, I especially recommend the Finding Information on One Well video.

Next Wednesday I’ll cover Alaska Public Offices Commission Info Quick.


One Response

  1. Great idea for a new series! Ginny

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