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Follow up projects

Maintenance and standardisation

A healthy future for XMML requires that the code and documentation be maintained and hosted by a suitable organisation. Options that have been proposed are

Note that whichever option is selected, there will be additional time required to prepare documentation of XMML suitable for the standards track. Some of the outstanding funds held by MERIWA will be used to support preparation of this documentation.

International collaboration

The XMML project has relationships with several international initiatives or structures.

Open GIS Consortium Web Services

XMML has been designed as a GML Application Language. As such it is immediately compatible with OGC Web Service interfaces, in particular the Web Feature Service (WFS).


We were invited to collaborate with the CHRONOS project on XML encodings for geological timescales. See GeologicalTimeScales.

Mineral Deposits

The World Minerals Database project GSC is reviewing XMML, in particular the Mineral Occurences components, to determine the extent to which XMML satisfies their requirements for data exchange. See EarthResourceML.

International Geoscience Data Model

British Geological Survey convened a meeting in Edinburgh, 19-21 November 2003, to "investigate the grounds for international collaboration on geoscience data models". The XMML project and the NORTON project (North American Ontology - formerly NADM, North American Data Model) were the most mature frameworks tabled at the meeting. Note that these initiatives have distinct heritages and use-cases driving them.

The meeting involved representatives from 15 Geological Surveys. Australia and the XMML project were represented by SimonCox and someone from Geoscience Australia.

The follow-up to this meeting will be carried out through a working group of the IUGS Commission for the Management and Application of Geoscience Information. Technical information here: https://www.seegrid.csiro.au/twiki/bin/view/CGIModel/WebHome

Assay Data

The Assay Data eXchange project (ADX) has been carried out as a separately funded "add-on" to XMML. Sponsorship was arranged through Metech/Acquire involving existing XMML sponsors WMC and Placer-Dome, and adding Newmont and ALS Chemex and BHP-Billiton. Acquire extensive usage within the global minerals industry means that this component has the potential for very wide uptake. The revised syntax for ADX has almost fully converged with XMML.

Maintenance of the ADX2 components is being supported by a consortium of users and providers of exploration geochemistry services.

SEE Grid Roadmap

A testbed deployment of web-service interfaces to datastores held by Geoscience Australia, WA Geological Survey, Primary Industry and Resources SA using XMML components is underway, Through an AusIndustry Innovation Access Project supported by Minerals Council of Australia. For details, see Information Services.


The Australian Earth and Oceans Network: http://www.aeon.org.au/

-- SimonCox - 14 May 2004
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