DOI Electronic Outreach on the Internet


Agency: Department of Interior

Title: Electronic Outreach on the Internet

Background Information

Thanks to new networking technology, the public now has electronic access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to information from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Nation's earth-science agency. The USGS is using the World Wide Web (a collection of over 6000 computers located around the world) and NCSA- Mosaic (a software program written at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois) to present information about its research programs, maps and data, educational materials, and other products. Tens of thousands of people every month use the service, which requires access to the Internet and appropriate software, by contacting the USGS server at:

The new networking technology not only makes USGS information more accessible to customers, it also is resulting in new ways of organizing and presenting USGS products which increase the value to the public of USGS research.

Note: Vice President Gore participated in demonstrating the USGS application of the networking technology at the DOI Reinvention Celebration on May 31, 1994.

Main NPR Category: Customer Service

Contact Person: William G. Miller Contact Phone: (703) 648-6721

Contact Address: U.S. Geological Survey

Mail Stop 915 National Center

12201 Sunrise Valley Drive

Reston, VA 22092

Contact E-mail Address:

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