Lifetime Achievement Award 2011

Lifetime Achievement Award Jane Domier


For more than a decade, Jane Domier has served as the ISGS Cartographer and in the formal position of Map Standards Coordinator. Domier’s academic career was ideally tailored for the position of ISGS Cartographer. She received a B.A. in art from Concordia College in Minnesota, and then completed two additional years of course work in commercial art at the University of Minnesota. After receiving an M.A. in geography/cartography at the University of Kentucky, Domier began her professional career as a cartographer at the University of Kentucky, in the Department of Geography. Before joining the ISGS, she was the Director of Cartographic Services and a teaching associate here at the UIUC.

During Domier’s tenure at the ISGS, she has been primarily responsible for digital cartographic publications and the development of cartographic standards for the Survey’s Bedrock and Surficial Geologic Mapping Program. Her duties have included (1) map production planning; (2) coordinating work flow among ISGS geologists, graphics and publication staff, and student employees; (3) supervising base map and geologic map compilations; (4) reviewing work for adherence to quality and map design standards; (5) coordinating the map publication review process; (6) archiving and preserving final graphic, GIS, and geologic map data; (7) distributing paper and digital maps to the U.S. Geological Survey and selected Illinois public libraries; and (8) preparing finished geologic map graphic files for web-based distribution.

To ensure consistency and permanency of the data and associated geologic information, several years ago Domier and the late Dan Nelson developed the Geologic Map Data Model, and Domier continues to have primary responsibility for the curation and maintenance of this model. The success of cartographic production, map standards development, and the model can be measured in the continuous output of refereed geologic map publications. To date, she has directed the publication of more than 150 geologic maps, which is a prominent bright spot in the ISGS publication series. Director McKay recently stated, “Jane has applied her talent to the standardization of the ISGS map publication series, [the] establishment and adoption of content, and format standards for geologic maps that have greatly improved the quality of our published maps.”

Domier’s role, as well as the significance of her accomplishments and those of all ISGS mappers and support staff, is summed nicely in the position statement by the Geological Society of America (GSA) titled “The Value of Geologic Mapping”: “…geologic maps provide a context for testing scientific theories, hypotheses, and models. They stimulate scientific thinking, questions, and ideas and promote further development of geologic methods and techniques…” This document further states, “…geologic maps and their subsequent derivative products have immense economic and societal value, and when these maps are current, digital, and Internet accessible, they are particularly useful.”

Geologic mapping has been a primary responsibility of the ISGS since its origin more than a century ago. The publication of geologic maps is important because a map is the most visible outcome of geologic mapping; a well-designed geologic map that effectively communicates the science is one of the best tools the Survey can use for educating the public and supporting decisions that affect the state’s physical environment.

Domier’s plaque reads, “In recognition of your development and streamlining of base map construction and improved geologic map production for the benefit of the people of Illinois.”

In addition to the plaque, Domier’s name was added to the permanent plaque in the Natural Resources Building and she received a monetary award to be used for work purposes.