Kansas Petroleum Atlas

Results & Discussion


Major DPA Paths & Pages

Navigation Style

Technology Transfer / Conclusions

References Cited

Appendix A: Selected Abstracts

Appendix B: Selected Email Feedback

Kansas Petroleum Atlas

The Kansas Digital Petroleum Atlas (DPA) is an on-line publication available on the Internet anywhere in the world using a standard point-and-click world-wide-web interface (Figure 1). The Uniform resource locator (URL) is http://www.kgs.ku.edu/DPA/ dpaHome.html. It is a new approach to generating and publishing petroleum reservoir, field, play and basin studies. The DPA is a dynamic, evolving product with new structure, research results, and data appearing almost daily. Through complete and flexible user access to technology, interpretative products, and underlying geologic and petroleum data, the DPA alters the relationship between interpretative result and data, between technology generation and application. Today, the DPA consists of 9,000 pages that cover Kansas’s oil and gas plays at scales from the regional through the single well sample. It also consists of a navigational architecture that permits accessing the DPA information by a number of methods.

Usage of the Prototype Digital Petroleum Atlas

Since the Digital Petroleum Atlas is an electronic publication, on-line access was provided to the public soon after project inception (January 1996). Use of the DPA products was almost immediate and has grown steadily over the last two years (Figure 2). This near real-time transfer of technology and information to the client is one advantage demonstrated by the DPA.

The pages that comprise the DPA make up the bulk of the web site for the Petroleum Research Section (PRS) of the Kansas Geological Survey. Usage statistics show that access to these pages has grown steadily to over 20 to 30,000 access "hits" per month (Figure 2). In measuring access "hits" on the PRS site, all access to graphics is removed. This eliminates the multiple counting of access hits that result from multiple figures (buttons, bars, arrows, etc.) on a single web page. In addition, all access from the Kansas Geological Survey subdomain (kgs.ku.edu) is removed. This measurement protocol produces a consistent and conservative measure of external usage. Current usage statistics are collected daily and weekly and are available on the Petroleum Research Section of the Kansas Geological Survey web site (http://www.kgs.ku.edu/usage/past_stats.html).

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