Project GEE: Enhancing education via seismology
The Global Earthquake Exploration Project (Project GEE) seeks to tap into a vast archive of seismological data for K-16 education and outreach to the general public. Project GEE capitalizes on an IT infrastructure developed for the research seismology community to deliver near real-time earthquake data in a variety of useful formats and venues in order to maximize this data's value to the education community. Utilization of near-real time observations of our natural environment is an exciting new frontier for Earth science education and the general public. A major challenge of utilizing research-oriented data sources is effectively encapsulating it in a form that is easily understood and manipulated by interested, but inexperienced learners. Project GEE's primary products are: REV (The Rapid Earthquake Viewer) and GEE (The Global Earthquake Explorer). This project is a collaborative effort between the University of South Carolina (USC), the DLESE (Digital Library for Earth System Education) Program Center (DPC) at UCAR (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research), and IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology). It leverages recent experiences and developments at these three institutions to create an integrated IT framework to provide broad access to global earthquake data.