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Design and Development of WERIC

Design and Development of a Wyoming Energy Resources Information Clearinghouse 

Project Dates: 1 July 2006 - 31 December 2009

Funding Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Bureau of Land Management

Principal Investigator: Jeff Hamerlinck, Diana G. Hulme, and James R. Oakleaf

Project Summary:

The Wyoming Energy Resource Information Clearinghouse (WERIC) was a prototype website dedicated to information about Wyoming's energy resources, including coal, coalbed methane, natural gas, oil, hydropower, uranium, and wind energy development. The site also included information on reclamation as well as research on energy development impacts on water and wildlife resources.

Focused on energy activities in Wyoming, WERIC included current research reports, events, and links to key energy-related agencies and initiatives. WERIC also included educational pages with a visual library of energy extractive activities.

WERIC was an expansion of the University of Wyoming's CBM Clearinghouse website created in 2003 by the Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources and the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center. This pilot project was the result of initial funding from the Bureau of Land Management and additional funding support from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The goal of WERIC was to address the continued need to share current energy-related data among agencies, industry, non-government organizations, and the public. WERIC included Web-based educational information, maps and spatial data.

The project scope consisted of the creation of a centralized Internet-based clearinghouse for textual, tabular, photographic, and spatially-referenced information pertaining to energy resource development and related management issues in Wyoming.

The ultimate goal of the project was to create and maintain a single, up-to-date, and easy-to-use entry point for accessing data and information on all aspects of energy-related issues in Wyoming. Target audiences included resource management agencies, industry, non-governmental organizations, and the general public.

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