AAPG Internet Site Adds New Services

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Since the EXPLORER computer issue last year, several Internet-based services to AAPG members have been introduced.

For example, online registration became a reality in time for last month's AAPG's annual meeting. Over 60 percent of those pre-registered for Salt Lake City did so online.

Online registration is also available for this fall's international AAPG conference in Barcelona, Spain.

Online registration will soon be available for AAPG courses and field trips.

Doing Business Online

At the beginning of 2003, members were enabled to pay their dues over the Internet. All you need is your member number and you can check the status of your dues.

Want to upgrade your membership by joining a division? You still need to make an application to that division — but once you've completed that process you can renew your membership through the online dues payment system.

Recording an address change is now easier as well with the change of address form that goes directly to the membership department.

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Since the EXPLORER computer issue last year, several Internet-based services to AAPG members have been introduced.

For example, online registration became a reality in time for last month's AAPG's annual meeting. Over 60 percent of those pre-registered for Salt Lake City did so online.

Online registration is also available for this fall's international AAPG conference in Barcelona, Spain.

Online registration will soon be available for AAPG courses and field trips.

Doing Business Online

At the beginning of 2003, members were enabled to pay their dues over the Internet. All you need is your member number and you can check the status of your dues.

Want to upgrade your membership by joining a division? You still need to make an application to that division — but once you've completed that process you can renew your membership through the online dues payment system.

Recording an address change is now easier as well with the change of address form that goes directly to the membership department.

In an effort to stay current with our membership we are enlisting your help. New to the Members Only area is the AAPG Lost Members List. This is a list of members whose contact information has changed and with whom AAPG is no longer able to correspond. Check it out and help us find your friends.

Training and Learning Online

Online training has evolved from self-paced interactive online learning short courses to a full-length online course taught by Roger Slatt from the University of Oklahoma.

This 15-week course, "Reservoir Characterization for Geologists," was attended electronically by eight students from Dallas and Houston to the U.K., Norway and Argentina.

The global sessions included weekly lectures and exercises. Slatt used e-mail to grade the lessons, and utilized a chat room as needed to enhance the training.

The course will be offered again in the fall.

Enhanced Research Online

Last June, AAPG leadership opened up the BULLETIN Archives as a benefit for being a member — but the $99-per-year subscription for members was done away with, and AAPG membership embraced the opening of the BULLETIN Search area. The first BULLETIN was printed in 1917 and now all members of AAPG are able to search 86 years worth of this quality data for free, at any time.

(Registration is required for access, and that's it. Simply contact aapgdata@aapg.org, and you'll receive instructions on how to log in to the archives.)

Through WINDS Technical Publications, more than 360,000 published pages also are available to AAPG membership for search and retrieval. It began with AAPG publications and now includes the GCAGS Transactions, SEPM's Journal of Sedimentary Research, Journal of Petroleum Geology and all publications of the New Orleans and East Texas geological societies. Also added recently are the Petroleum Abstracts of the University of Tulsa.

Soon to be added are publications of the Lafayette, Houston, Ardmore, Panhandle (Amarillo), Oklahoma City and Tulsa geological societies, plus the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin.

Users of WINDS are free to search and then will only pay for abstracts or papers they wish to download.

Thanks to the efforts of AAPG/Datapages and its corporate sponsors, the growth of this wealth of data has been tremendous. The ultimate goal is to include publications of all AAPG affiliated societies.

Search and Discovery, AAPG's online journal, continues to add to its offerings every day. Included here, in addition to articles of interest taken from various publications, are poster sessions, abstracts and papers given in oral sessions and other venues.

When you visit, be sure to click on "New Articles" to preview the most recent additions.

What Else? Online

Did you know the House of Delegates publishes a quarterly newsletter? The Delegate's Voice is now posted online.

Also, the Divison of Professional Affairs makes available its newsletter, The Correlator, every issue.

Several surveys were made this year through the Internet. These included:

  • An education survey focused on courses and their relativity.
  • An all-member survey, which evaluated services and benefits of AAPG.
  • DPA checked in with a survey asking their membership to weigh in on electronic balloting.

As we look to the future, plans are aggressive and far-sighted regarding online access. These include:

  • Applying for membership in AAPG.
  • Voting for AAPG officers is being considered by the House of Delegates. If approved, you'd be able to cast your votes electronically.
  • A Virtual Student Expo would help students launch their careers.
  • A Member Registry will help independents get the word out about skills they have to offer the public.
  • Faster download for the AAPG home page with an upgraded design.
  • Online registration will become more refined to include exhibit booth sign-up.
  • Research will be enhanced throughout the GIS-UDRIL project.
  • Online prospect rooms for use at APPEX.
  • Data and more data added to AAPG/Datapages.

Have you begun to explore all the online services and benefits that are one click away on the World Wide Web? With all that is there, and all that is to come, why not start today?

Good browsing!

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