WellWiki: the Wikipedia of oil and gas

    Alberta School of Business Assistant Professor Joel Gehman’s project with McGill's Dror Etzion will help anyone interested in finding out public details on oil and gas development in a geographic region.

    By Staff Writer on August 5, 2014

    WellWiki is the result of a SSHRC collaboration between Assistant Professor Joel Gehman of the Alberta School of Business and Associate Professor Dror Etzion from McGill. The wiki’s goal is to eliminate the difficulty of searching through public well data by making user-friendly data just a click away.

    A recent article in Inside Climate News drills deep into the details of the WellWiki development and looks at future expansion. And this Edmonton Journal article  discusses plans to have Alberta oil and gas well data included in WellWiki, starting this fall. 

    Update: August 5, 2014 - Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) 'Welcomes' WellWiki (Edmonton Journal) article.
    Update: August 7, 2014 - Epoch Times article expands on previous coverage.

    Map image from WellWiki

    WellWiki currently has data on more than 250,000 oil and gas wells drilled in Pennsylvania since 1859; Joel’s initial region of oil and gas research as a Penn State grad student.

    "But Pennsylvania is just the beginning. Gehman plans to expand the site, which was launched in March, to cover all North American wells drilled since 1859—about four million. He expects to add data about West Virignia, Ohio and New York by September. 

    The goal is for WellWiki to grow into 'the Wikipedia of everything oil and gas-related,' Gehman said."