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GeoSciML - the CGI Datamodel and Encoding


The GeoSciML project was initiated in 2003, under the auspices of the CGI working group on Data Model Collaboration. The project is part of what is now known as the CGI Interoperability Working Group.

GeoSciML accommodates the short-term goal of representing geoscience information associated with geologic maps and observations, as well as being extensible in the long-term to other geoscience data. It draws from many geoscience data model efforts, and from these establishes a common suite of feature types based on geological criteria (units, structures, fossils) or artefacts of geological investigations (specimens, sections, measurements). Supporting objects are also considered (timescale, lexicons, etc), so that they can be used as classifiers for the primary objects.

A number of predecessor projects have had a strong influence on the development of GeoSciML. These include activities undertaken within national statutory bodies (British and Japanese Geological Surveys), in multi-jurisdictional contexts (the North American Data Model for geological maps) or oriented to an industry sector (eXploration and Mining Markup Language - XMML).

A number of external projects are leveraging GeoSciML for more specific applications, including Water Resources monitoring and management, Soils, Geotechnical and Engineering, Assay Data, Geochemistry (links to be added) and Mineral Occurrences (https://www.seegrid.csiro.au/twiki/bin/view/Xmml/EarthResourceML).


The GeoSciML information model and encoding is maintained by the GeoSciML Design task group.

For details of the packages composing the GeoSciML information model - see GeoSciMLModel.

For details of the proposed GeoSciML Thematic View schema for map services see GeoSciMLThematicView.

There is also a GeoSciML Model Design email list that you can subscribe to at: http://lists.arcs.org.au/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/auscope-geosciml
Topic revision: r57 - 14 May 2013, OliverRaymond

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