The Karst Information Portal is an open-access digital library linking scientists, managers, and explorers to quality information resources in order to inform research, to enhance collaboration, and to address policy decisions concerning karst environments.
The Founding partners in this project include:
- National Cave & Karst Research Institute
- University of South Florida Libraries
- University Libraries, University of New Mexico
- Union Internationale de Spéléologie (UIS)
Under the leadership of librarian Todd Chavez, the USF Libraries manage and preserve/archive the digital library. This is the third iteration of KIP since its launch in 2006. Each platform migration leads to enhancements in access and content and in the coming years, the KIP team will add a comprehensive mapping functionality that will allow readers to explore the database geospatially.
What is Karst?
Globally, more than a billion people depend on karst terrains for their water supplies. These environments host great biodiversity that is poorly understood and contains rare and endangered species. The spectacular geology of karst, as well as significant archaeological and paleontological resources, contributes to the overall scientific, aesthetic, cultural, and economic value of karst landscapes.
Note Concerning Digitization Progress
As of March 2013, we hit the proverbial "wall." We have been slowly but steadily increasing the number of digital objects contained within the KIP collection. In June of 2006 we hosted just over 3,000 metadata records and no digital content. Today we host nearly 7,000 metadata records, 43 percent of which link to digital content included in the KIP collection. Due to budget reductions that began in 2008, we find it necessary to pause our digitization efforts and focus on other aspects of the initiative. KIP will remain and we will add metadata records to the database, but, for the time being, new digital content will have to come from donations.
For questions or comments concerning the project, please contact Todd Chavez at firstname.lastname@example.org.