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The following overview is extracted from the Application to the AusIndustry Innovation Access Program - Industry which is supporting this project

Project Overview

Problem/Market Drivers

Mineral exploration is a knowledge-based process that relies upon access to accurate, up-to-date geo-spatial data and related scientific knowledge. During the recent inquiries for the Minerals Exploration Action Agenda, the industry highlighted significant difficulties in gaining access to pre-competitive geoscience information, suggesting that existing information is commonly incomplete, fragmented across eight government agencies, each with their own information management systems and structures. These disparate systems lead to inefficiencies resulting in high costs, reduced effectiveness and increased risk incurred by the industry and its service providers."

Recommendation #9 of the Draft Minerals Exploration Action Agenda states “That the Commonwealth, the States, Northern Territory and industry cooperatively support the development and implementation of nation-wide protocols, standards and systems that provide for Internet-based access to, and effective storage and archiving of, all exploration-related data, including government-generated pre-competitive geoscience datasets and industry-generated exploration data. Increased expenditure is recommended to accelerate the on-line availability of Commonwealth spatial and other geoscience information, and permit the development of web-based services." (http://www.minerals.org.au/downloads/pdf/meaa_report_web.pdf)

A recent national workshop on “Building a Solid Earth and Environment Grid” found that, although the technologies and expertise to improve on-line delivery and web-based services exist within Australia, similar to the data they are distributed across several research and industry organisations(http://www.glassearth.com/news.html).

Therefore a concerted and externally funded effort is required to coordinate effective implementation of available integrating technologies to meet the needs of the sector.

Project Proposal

This proposed project provides the first steps in implementing interoperability of distributed, pre-competetive geospatial data and web-enabled access through bringing together Australian expertise, middleware and data assets from 3 disparate organisations: CSIRO, Geoscience Australia and Social Change Online (an SME), with engagement of the industry through Minerals Council of Australia, the CRC for Predictive Mineral Discovery and internet access.

The project will be conducted in 3 phases, as outlined below, over a 10 month period...

  • Part A) Development of a technology roadmap for achieving interoperability of distributed geospatial data sources across the Commonwealth, State and Territory digital geoscience data repositories in Australia
  • Part B) Demonstration of a visual, multi-level user access platform to aspects of pre-competetive geoscience data repositories which will be made available through the existing Australian Geoscience Portal (http://www.geoscience.gov.au/ )
  • Part C) Stakeholder feedback workshop of roadmap and demonstration tool, leading to an implementation plan to interconnect the various State, Territory and Commonwealth digital data repositories

The administrative Grantee is the Minerals Council of Australia, the peak body representing the minerals exploration and mining sector, and its contributing technical agents will be CSIRO Exploration and Mining and Geoscience Australia. The technology to be disseminated has been developed through CSIRO Exploration and Mining’s Glass Earth and XMML (eXploration and Mining Markup Language) project and its contributions to the OpenGIS Consortium, the Predictive Mineral Discovery CRC, Social Change Online, and Geoscience Australia. It is brought together here for demonstration and diffusion into the Australian minerals industry and has applications beyond this sector.


A successful outcome will improve national and international access to pre-competitive information and, potentially, on-line processing tools that enable exploration companies, in particular junior and medium-sized explorers which lack high-level data processing capabilities, to assess exploration potential more rapidly. If interoperability can be achieved for the national minerals data assets, this same technology can be applied to other Australian industry sectors, as well as public domain issues such as disaster management and security. It also positions Australia as a global leader, not only in mineral exploration innovation, but in managing intelligence across sectors.

-- RobertWoodcock - 25 Jun 2004

Topic revision: r2 - 15 Oct 2010, UnknownUser

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