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Update on New NTGS Web Database Applications

The Northwest Territories Geological Survey (NTGS) has a number of web applications for discovering, viewing, and downloading geoscience information about the Northwest Territories. More information is available here.

Since the Fall of 2014, the NTGS Web Applications and Database Specialist, Maurice Bowen, has been leading an effort to research and develop a suite of replacement applications that employ advanced technologies and are compatible with modern web browsers. These applications will vastly improve performance and will eliminate frustrations that some users have experienced with the current older, custom-built applications.

All datasets and business logic from the previous system have been largely retained. The new web applications are innovative but also retain functions that have worked well for users in the past. They will include both basic and advanced methods to search for and access datasets, and will better address the needs of both new and experienced users of NTGS data. The new applications will also link to resources available from other external sources, such as infrastructure and mineral tenure data.

The new web applications are nearing an initial beta release which will involve a more formal review process with selected groups. Later during the summer of 2017, these applications will be publicly launched, replacing the antiquated applications. Future development will include the addition of new databases such as mineral industry drill core data, permafrost ground temperature and geotechnical data, and donated industry reports.

NTGS would like to thank industry, academic, and government partners for their work on this project and for providing reviews and suggestions.

For more information, call 867-767-9211 or email


Updated: 18 May 2017