Unrealised Billions: Deposits Hidden in Legacy Data

Last days to register for the FREE AGIA Workshop Unrealised Billions: Deposits Hidden in Legacy Data, to be held following Australian Geoscience Council 2018 Convention in Adelaide.

Geoscience Information professionals from around Australia, representing government, industry and academia, will be presenting on topics to help you uncover the hidden billions in legacy data.

When: 9.00am – 4.30pm, Friday 19 October 2018
Where: South Australia Drill Core Facility, 5 Tonsley Blvd, Clovelly Park, SA
Registration: Closes 5th October https://ccm.eventsair.com/agcc2018/wsftnd


9.00am Registration and morning tea
9.30am Session 1
Presenter 1: Cathy Brown, Geoscience Australia
Topic: Projects making Geoscience Australia’s legacy data more accessible
Presenter 2: Grant Jacquier
Topic: Manipulating the state-of-the-art legacy data portals, from not-the-usual vendors, showing the effectiveness of the Hyper Text Transfer Protocol, familiar to many as the prefix to a URL as “http://” or “https://” in your favourite Internet browser
Presenter 3: Tony Knight, Chief Government Geologist, Geological Survey of Queensland
Topic: Data driven exploration: A model to improve discovery success in the Queensland Northwest Minerals Province
Presenter 4: Julie Roberts, SANTOS
Topic: The role of the Librarian in meeting the challenges of managing the information in legacy formats
Presenter 5: Angela Riganti – Content Manager, Geological Survey of Western Australia
Topic: The role of government in data upcycling — examples and case studies from Western Australia
12.00pm Lunch
12.45pm Session 2
Presenter 6: Wayne Cowley, Geological Survey of South Australia
Topic: Unearthing GSSA history – legacy documents
Presenter 7: Kellie Ashley, Dorothy Hill Library, University Queensland
Topic: Extracting value from legacy collections –Dorothy Hill Archives at the University of Queensland Library
Presenter 8: Ralph Bottrill, Senior Geologist, Mineralogist and Petrologist, Metallic Minerals & Geochemistry Mineral Resources Tasmania
Topic: Rock and drill core collections as legacy data
Presenter 9: Jess Kozman, Woodside Petroleum
Topic: Digitalizing legacy reports and other unstructured data stores
Presenter 10: Christie Gerrard, Manager SARIG and Online Resource Information, Department for Energy and Mining
Topic: South Australian Drill Core Library: 130 years of core, now digitally catalogued and analysed using new non-destructive sampling techniques for future exploration technologies.
4.00pm Tour drill core facility
4.30pm Conclusion

AGIA Workshop at AGCC – registration for non-delegates now available

AGIA Workshop at AGCC Friday 19 October – Unrealised billions: deposits hidden in legacy data

The AGCC Convention Organising Committee has opened up workshop and field trip registrations to people who are not intending to attend the Convention in a bid to maximise the number of PD opportunities on offer for all.

Non-delegates that would like to attend please use the following link to register : https://ccm.eventsair.com/agcc2018/wsftnd

Review the list of workshops and field trips on offer here:



The FREE AGIA workshop is Post-Convention Workshop WK 16.  MORE DETAILS about the AGIA workshop will be distributed via the next newsletter and on the AGIA website in September.

Some abstracts received so far…
• HTTP: from File Transfer Protocol overview to Bible eating monster
• 125 years of legacy data at the Geological Survey of Western Australia: Capture and delivery
• Improving Geoscience Australia’s legacy data accessibility
• Dorothy Hill Archives at the University of Queensland Library
• Accessing the inaccessible: Tasmanian drill & core samples

Current AGIA members with two years standing are reminded that they may apply for financial assistance to attend a conference/event/activity of relevance to AGIA. A formal submission must be made to president@agia.com.au. Please refer to the membership page for submission details. Submissions must be received by end of September to allow time for processing.

Membership renewal & AGCC workshop

It’s membership renewal time and the URL link for the 2018-2019 membership is https://www.trybooking.com/365841

If a Tax Invoice is required, please select PRINT TICKETS from the link when the booking is completed. There is also a PRINT TICKETS link in the TryBooking Team confirmation email.

And just to keep you posted on what the National Committee has been up to, we are putting together a workshop to be held after the AGCC 2018 conference, on Friday 19 October 2018 at the South Australian Drill Core facility, TITLE: “Unrealised billions: deposits hidden in legacy data” and we have received an interesting set of expressions of interest from folk who wish to give a presentation. We are finalising some of the workshop registration and administrative details now and will send out more information as soon as we can.

We do hope that you continue to support AGIA.

Dr Kerry Smith

AGIA (Inc.) Membership Secretary (& AGIA President)

Read all about it in the latest issue of the Byte

The latest issue of the AGIA newsletter The Great Australian Byte has been published and is available here. There is plenty to read about, including:

  • AGIA AGM – Reports, New National Committee and Special Resolution
  • AGIA South Australia Seminar report - Government geoscience information resources and systems in South Australia and the Northern Territory 
  • AGIA Occasional Paper 10 available online – Dr Kerry Smith’s report on the use of GeMPeT
  • NOPIMS update (our favourite source of free Australian petroleum exploration data)
  • 2018 AGCC Update
  • and a brief recap of recent events such as the AGIA Cut Mine Tour and the PPDM Perth Data Management Workshop


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