Oregon Explorer uses information technology to create a web-based natural resources digital library by accessing and integrating data from state and federal agencies, local governments, university scientists, and citizens to support informed decisions and actions of people concerned with Oregon's natural resources and environment.
Oregon Explorer is a collaboration between Oregon State University Libraries and the Institute for Natural Resources. Oregon Explorer is a permanent part of the library system and will be continuously maintained and updated. Other collaborators include the Northwest Alliance for Computational Science and Engineering, and Oregon Department of Administrative Services' Geospatial Enterprise Office. Major sources of funding include the Meyer Memorial Trust and the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. Other partners are involved with different portals and tools. Examples include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Department of Forestry, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and the Trust for Public Land.
Oregon Explorer's topic- and place-based web portals allow anyone with an internet connection to find, download, and manipulate information and data about natural resource issues in Oregon. Users can also interact with place-based, up-to-date scientific information through maps, datasets, images, publications, and user-driven tools, and create and download maps, charts, and reports.
Anyone with internet access and an interest in natural resource information in Oregon. Educators, students, reporters, scientists and academics, individuals, natural resource managers, policy makers, nonprofit organizations, and municipal planners use the information provided by the web portals.