the EXPLORER computer issue last year, several Internet-based services
to AAPG members have been introduced.
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
registration is also available for this fall's international AAPG
conference in Barcelona, Spain.
registration will soon be available for AAPG courses and field trips.
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.
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
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.
and Learning 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.
course, "Reservoir Characterization for Geologists," was attended
electronically by eight students from Dallas and Houston to the
U.K., Norway and Argentina.
sessions included weekly lectures and exercises. Slatt used e-mail
to grade the lessons, and utilized a chat room as needed to enhance
will be offered again in the fall.
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.
is required for access, and that's it. Simply contact email@example.com,
and you'll receive instructions on how to log in to the archives.)
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.
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.
are free to search and then will only pay for abstracts or papers
they wish to download.
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.
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.
visit, be sure to click on "New Articles" to preview the most recent
know the House
publishes a quarterly newsletter? The
is now posted online.
Divison of Professional Affairs makes available its newsletter,
surveys were made this year through the Internet. These included:
education survey focused on courses and their relativity.
all-member survey, which evaluated services and benefits of AAPG.
checked in with a survey asking their membership to weigh in on
As we look
to the future, plans are aggressive and far-sighted regarding online
access. These include:
Applying for membership in AAPG.
for AAPG officers is being considered by the House of Delegates.
If approved, you'd be able to cast your votes electronically.
Virtual Student Expo would help students launch their careers.
Member Registry will help independents get the word out about
skills they have to offer the public.
download for the AAPG home page with an upgraded design.
registration will become more refined to include exhibit booth
will be enhanced throughout the GIS-UDRIL project.
prospect rooms for use at APPEX.
and more data added to AAPG/Datapages.
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