Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Australian geological data now available to all

Mining industry explorers, earthquake and climate change scientists and members of the public can now access geospatial information about Australia's geology through a new open-access network.

The new open-access network of geospatial data and its supporting infrastructure – known as the Spatial Information Services Stack (SISS) – has been developed and launched by the CSIRO and AuScope, in collaboration with other research organisations around Australia.

"Using this network of data anyone can investigate the geological history of the continent, and researchers can use it to gain a greater understanding of climate change, sustainable energy, water and mineral resources, and extreme geological activity such as earthquakes," AuScope CEO Dr Bob Haydon said.

The SISS aims to encourage cross-disciplinary technical collaborations, by giving open access to some of Australia’s best geological data.

"Australia has fantastic data, but unless we get complementary data from all jurisdictions delivered seamlessly to users, its full impact cannot be realised" said Jonathan Law, director of CSIRO's minerals down under national research flagship.

SISS has already been distributed to multiple Australian government agencies and research organisations.

SISS users can discover, browse, save and process geospatial information from earth science data sources around Australia. They can view data, filter the data based on user-specific queries, and download data to their computer.

For more information on accessing the SSIS, please visit https://www.seegrid.csiro.au/wiki/bin/view/Siss/WebHome

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