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 :

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 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

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


If you want your geoscience information news a little faster join the private AGIA LinkedIn Group (find the link at the top of the right hand web page menu).

AGIA Winter Warmer & Tech Talk

Artificial Intelligence – what does it mean for you? Guest speaker Rob Freeth

Big data and digital disruption are much talked about these days. There is already widespread use of data analytics in social media, marketing, and retail. And now we have the next wave of technological disruption – Artificial Intelligence. Sometimes it is challenging to see beyond the hype. Yet we are seeing a whole new raft of technologies and applications for AI, and not the least is information searching. What will this next wave of technology development mean for jobs, and how will it affect those who work in information sciences? This Tech Talk will highlight the need to adapt how we think about AI, and how to keep relevant in a time of rapid technological change.

7.30am (WST) Wednesday 12 July 2017
Discussion to begin at 8am prompt
Light breakfast provided

BHP Billiton Building
Level 2, Room 02.12
Brookfield Place
125 St George’s Terrace, Perth
Dial-in/online option available for those unable to attend in person

RSVP via TryBooking by Monday 10 July is essential
for building entry and dial-in participation


Rob Freeth has over 40 years’ experience in computing and information systems, with particular expertise in the application of information systems to non-commercial aspects of business: engineering, and land and geographic (spatial) information. He is particularly focussed on the business aspects that drive and define information systems in these areas, supported by a broad understanding of the current technology and future trends.
Rob spent ten years as an Information Manager for WMC Resources, a large Australian and international mining company. During this time he managed the information and technology services for WMC’s Exploration Division globally, which included information systems, data and information management, as well as information technology. More recently he was responsible for establishing enterprise geographic systems for the Perth Airport, and the Port Headland Port Authority (now Pilbara Ports).
Rob is a co-founder of the WA Mega Data Cluster, which aims to build WA’s capability in Data Science and STEM and has over 600 members. He is currently a member of the Research Investment Committee for CRCSI (CRC for Spatial Information); a member of the Advisory Committee for Minerals Research Institute of WA (MRIWA); on the selection committee for WA’s Golden Gecko awards.
Rob is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society, recognising his contribution in the field of spatial information