Oregon Explorer News

Introduction to the Oregon Explorer

Over the next several months I’d like to provide you with a little more information about the “Oregon Explorer.” The Oregon Explorer (OE) is an evolving, collaborative natural resources digital library initiated by the OSU Libraries and the Institute for Natural Resources. Its goal is to provide the citizens of Oregon with a wide array of high quality, place-based information, in relevant formats, relating to the natural resources of our state.

The Oregon Explorer is a statewide site but is also a place to link to “topic,” “basin,” and more recently “data” portals as you see in the chart below.

Oregon Explorer (6/2007)

(launch dates in parentheses)

Basin Topic Data
Deschutes (2010) Wetlands (11/2009) Oregon Spatial Data Library (11/2009)
Lakes (2010) Oregon Hazards (6/2009) Oregon Imagery (10/2007)
Umpqua (3/2006) Rural Communities (10/2008)
North Coast (2/2005) Oregon Wildlife (1/2008)
Willamette (6/2004) Land Use (11/2007)
Wildfire Risk (10/2006)

Developing tools that support natural resource decision-making and provide access to spatial data by the novice has been a mainstay of the Oregon Explorer. In November, OE launched its second “data” portal, the Oregon Spatial Data Library. This is a collaboration with the Oregon Department of Administrative Services. The first data portal was the Oregon Imagery Explorer which provides access to .5 m color imagery acquired in 2005.

OSU Extension has participated in the development of several portals within OE family. We hope you will find opportunities to use the site as well — be that for your work directly or in advising your clientele throughout the state.

(This post is the first of several articles written originally for the OSU Extension Staff Newsletter during 2009/2010).

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