About SEE Grid
Sustainable management of mineral, energy and environmental resources is a knowledge-based process that relies upon continual access to accurate geo-spatial data in its many forms, data processing and analysis tools, and integration platforms. Over the past decade, the shift to geographic information systems (GIS), 3D and temporal modelling, process simulation and visualisation have transformed the way that earth scientist work. In order to achieve the next advance required to sustainably manage our resources, we must be able to easily, quickly and reliably access the huge volumes of complex geoscientific data as well as suitable processing and analysis tools required to generate terrain specific knowledge and visualise it in a mix of 2D to 4D environments. Grid technologies provide part of the solution by facilitating access to the different and non-centralised resources. Grid technologies have the capacity to make access to geoscientific data repositories, processing packages and computer power as easy as the web has made access to information.
Generic grid technologies are not sufficient to achieve this objective. It is necessary for open standards and interfaces to be established by communities to be able to interoperate effectively. The Solid Earth and Environment Grid community has been established to bring together people in the earth, environmental and computing sciences to address the issues of "transparent access" to data and knowledge about the earth, and the available and potential technologies offered by the grid that enhance our ability to explore for and manage our natural and mineral resources.
A workshop sponsored by the CSIRO Glass Earth Initiative, Geoscience Australia, the Predictive Mineral Discovery Cooperative Research Centre (pmd*CRC), Australia’s Academic and Research Network (aarnet), and the Australian Research Council (ARC) was held in July of 2003 to propose this initiative. The response was immediately enthusiastic and this web site now serves as the community "meeting place" for the establishment of the open standards and interfaces for this community.
- 02 Mar 2004