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  • A UserA User-Friendly-Friendly, Keyword-Searchable Database, Keyword-Searchable Database of Geoscientific References Through 2007of Geoscientific References Through 2007 for Afghanistanfor Afghanistan

    Data Series 323Data Series 323

    U.S. Department of the InteriorU.S. Department of the Interior U.S. Geological SurveyU.S. Geological Survey

  • Cover. Map of Afghanistan showing major structural blocks (brown labels), plutonic belts (blue labels), and faults (black labels). Plutonic rocks are in red. Image adapted from Ludington, S., Orris, G.J., Bolm, K.S., Peters, S.G., and the U.S. Geological Survey-Afghanistan Ministry of Mines and Industry Joint Mineral Resource Assessment Team, 2007, Preliminary Mineral Resource Assessment of Selected Mineral Deposit Types in Afghanistan, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2007-1005, 44 p. Available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2007/100

  • A User-Friendly, Keyword-Searchable Database of Geoscientific References Through 2007 for Afghanistan

    By Robert G. Eppinger, Julianna Sipeki, and M.L. Sco Scofield

    USGS Afghanistan Project Product 163

    U.S. Department of the InteriorU.S. Geological Survey

    Data Series 323

  • U.S. Department of the InteriorDIRK KEMPTHORNE, Secretary

    U.S. Geological SurveyMark D. Myers, Director

    U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia: 2008

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    Suggested citation: Eppinger, R. G., Sipeki, Julianna, and Scofield, M.L. Sco , 2008, A user-friendly, keyword-searchable database of geoscien-tific references through 2007 for Afghanistan: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 323, 15 p.

    This database, identified as Data Series DS-323, has been approved for release and publication by the Director of the USGS. Although this database has been subjected to rigorous review and is substantially complete, the USGS reserves the right to revise the data pursuant to further analysis and review. Furthermore, it is released on condition that neither the USGS or the United States Government may be held liable for any damages from its authorized or unauthorized use.

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    Publishing support provided by: Denver Publishing Service Center, Denver, Colorado Manuscript approved for publication, January 2008

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    ContentsAbstract ...........................................................................................................................................................1Introduction.....................................................................................................................................................1Keyword-Searchable Database ..................................................................................................................2Database Output ............................................................................................................................................4Database Structure .......................................................................................................................................4References Cited............................................................................................................................................6

    Appendixes 1. Alphabetical listing of 933 scientific keywords used in the reference database ..............8 2. Alphabetical listing of 632 geographic/cultural keywords

    used in the reference database ...............................................................................................13

    Figures 1. The reference database opening splash screen ....................................................................2 2. The reference database Main Switchboard screen ..........................................................2 3. The Database Information screen .........................................................................................2 4. The search criteria dialog screen ..............................................................................................3 5. Example Search Results screen ............................................................................................4

    Table 1. Database field names and descriptions for reference tables ...............................................5

  • A User-Friendly, Keyword-Searchable Database of Geoscientific References Through 2007 for Afghanistan

    By Robert G. Eppinger,1 Julianna Sipeki,1 and M.L. Sco Scofield2

    Abstract

    This report includes a document and accompanying Microsoft Access 2003 database of geoscientific references for the country of Afghanistan. The reference compilation is part of a larger joint study of Afghanistans energy, mineral, and water resources, and geologic hazards currently underway by the U.S. Geological Survey, the British Geological Survey, and the Afghanistan Geological Survey. The database includes both published (n = 2,489) and unpublished (n = 176) references compiled through calendar year 2007. The references comprise two separate tables in the Access database. The reference database includes a user-friendly, keyword-searchable interface and only minimum knowledge of the use of Microsoft Access is required.

    Introduction

    This report describes an accompanying database of geosci-entific references for the country of Afghanistan. The refer-ence compilation is part of a larger joint study of Afghanistans energy, mineral, and water resources, and geologic hazards currently underway by the U.S. Geological Survey, the British Geological Survey, and the Afghanistan Geological Survey.

    The compilation of geoscientific references was initially planned to contain only mineral-resource-related references. However, the effort soon grew to encompass references related to water resources, energy resources, geologic hazards, and other geoscientific disciplines. Version 1 of the reference data-base (Eppinger and Sipeki, 2006) contained 1,157 published and 168 unpublished references, and was available online only. Version 2 of the reference database (Eppinger and others, 2007) was compiled through September 2007, and the number of published references was more than doubled. This Data Series report contains references compiled through calendar year 2007 and contains 2,665 published and unpublished references. Unpublished references are generally internal governmental reports that were discovered during this compilation process.

    1 U.S. Geological Survey, PO Box 25046, MS 973, Denver, CO 80225.

    2 Scofield Business Services, PO Box 101773, Denver, CO 80250-1773.

    The electronic database is in Microsoft Access 2003 format. An IBM PC-compatible computer is required as Microsoft Access is presently available only for PCs. The reference database includes a user-friendly, keyword-searchable interface, and only minimum knowledge of the use of Microsoft Access is required. The database was designed using a 1024 768 pixel display with the Microsoft Windows XP operating system. The database and document together are about 6 MB. The database on this CD-ROM, AfghRefDatabase_DS-323.mbd, is provided as a self-extracting WinZip .exe file, AfghRefDatabase_DS.exe. Double click on the .exe file and specify a location on the hard disk for unzipping the file. The default location for the unzipped file is C:\. To avoid error messages, the database file AfghRefDatabase_DS-323.mbd should be copied to and opened from the users hard disk rather than burned to a CD-ROM; attempting to run queries on Microsoft Access database files stored on a CD-ROM generates errors, as Access needs space to write temporary scratch files.

    This database includes both published (n = 2,489) and unpublished (n = 176) references as two separate tables in the Access database. The published references table (tblPublishedReferences) includes a GeoRef accession number when available (American Geological Institute, 2006, accessed 8/28/2007), which can be used for linking the reference to the GeoRef database. Some 1,212 of the 2,489 published references have GeoRef accession numbers or record IDs from the GeoRef preview database (accessed 9/5/2007 at http://www.agiweb.org/georef/onlinedb/preview.html). The published references table also includes the U.S. Geological Survey library call number, if the library contains the holding. Rights to use the references in the GeoRef database were purchased from the American Geological Institute so they could be re-distributed here without copyright infringement. The unpublished references table (tblUnPublishedReferences) contains citations identified as unpublished, internal reports by various national geological survey organizations, or partial citations that were discovered during this compilation. Many of the older published and unpublished references identified here are likely housed in the arch

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