Harsh Oil – a seminar on the history of petroleum exploration in WA

Efforts and feats of endurance to find petroleum in Western Australia in early 20th century

Date: Thursday July 30, 2015
Time: 4.30pm-5.45pm
Location: WEBB lecture theatre G21, Geography and Geology Building, The University of
Western Australia.
RSVP: Francesco Gerali (francesco.gerali@uwa.edu.au) by July 27, 2015


In 2014, Western Australian sales of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and crude oil were worth $15.6-billion and $9.6-billion respectively. Alongside iron-ore, these energy commodities are important state exports bringing in tax and corporate revenue as well as providing an array of direct and indirect jobs. While Western Australia first exported LNG in 1989, the energy industry has its origins in an earlier period of history. The first petroleum discoveries were in the early 1860s in the United States, Canada,Poland and Russia. The commercial extraction of oil marked the beginning of a major energy revolution. Australia first experienced this revolution in 1861, purchasing 11.6 per cent of global US oil exports. Since that time, oil imports and consumption increased exponentially in all Australian colonies. The idea of exploring for oil on the Australian continent soon emerged. Western Australia undertook oil exploration in the early 1900s. Those years were marked by the great efforts of scientists, mostly geologists, called to unveil the secrets of the subsoil. These efforts marked the beginning of a new industry, which is flourishing today. Since the late 19th century, petroleum has influenced, shaped and then dominated the idea of energy. Oil is not just a mineral resource, but is better viewed as a paradigm. Oil incorporates a range of values, beliefs and assumptions that mark the interpretation of social endeavors as diverse as science and technology, economics and commerce, business and government.

Join Dr Francesco Gerali, Visiting Research Fellow, History, the University of Western Australia, as he discusses his research on early oil exploration in Western Australian and is joined by a panel to discuss the impact of these developments on the state mining and energy policy.

Francesco Gerali UWA profile

ALCC Copyright for Corporate Libraries – PD Event

As an extension to ALCC copyright PD sessions being held in Perth this month, ALIAWest in partnership with AGIA have organised a session which focuses on copyright issues specific to corporate libraries.

Copyright touches on almost all areas of practice in libraries and archives, yet many do not feel confident in dealing with it on a day to day basis. This session will deal with questions such as:

  • When can a corporate library make use of Research & Study provisions?
  • Can a corporate library request interlibrary supply of copies of items?
  • What copyright issues should corporate libraries consider when downloading from the internet?

Presenter: Trish Hepworth, ALCC
Date: Tuesday 28 July 2015
Time: 7:30am light breakfast, 7:45-9:15am brief presentation followed by scenarios
Venue: Kimberley Room, State Library of Western Australia. Early Access via Francis Street (more detailed instructions to follow upon registration)
Cost: $5 for ALIA and AGIA members


 About the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee

The Australian Libraries Copyright Committee (ALCC) provides free copyright training to member organisations and their employees – ALIA, NSLA, CAUL, NLA, AGLIN, NAA, CAARA and Aust Soc Archivists.

The Australian Libraries Copyright Committee is the primary policy body for the discussion of copyright issues affecting Australian libraries, with major members comprising the Australian Library & Information Association (ALIA), National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA), Council of University Librarians (CAUL) and National Library of Australia (NLA), and supporting members Australian Government Libraries Association (AGLIN) Australian Society of Archivists (ASA) and Council of Australasian Archives and Record Authorities (CAARA).


PPDM 2015 Perth Data Management Symposium & Brisbane Data Management Workshop

PPDM 2015 Perth Data Management Symposium – August 5-6, Parmelia Hilton, Perth

PPDM Brisbane Data Management Workshop – July 30, Sofitel Hotel, Brisbane

AGIA is sponsoring the both the Perth Symposium and the Brisbane Workshop, entitling AGIA’s financial members to fantastic discounted rates:

  • Perth Symposum – US$275 (savings of US$175)
  • Brisbane workshop – US$70 (savings of $55)
  • AGIA members must email events@ppdm.org in order to secure the promotional code to register online

The theme this year is “Keep Calm and Manage Your Data; aligning data management with a low price environment”. Presentations at the Perth Symposium include: 

  • What goes up must come down! Is master data quality & confidence an exception? - Mike Silva & Kris O’Neill, Petrosys Pty Ltd
  • How to find the influencers in an organization and market the value ofdata management capabilities during an economic downturn - Molly Green, Venture Teams
  • Big data paradigm in petroleum industries - Dr. Shastri Nimmagadda, Curtin University
  • Data management as business intelligence - Dr. Carlos Damski, Genesis Petroleum Technologies
  • Open innovation in the resource sector and why not to be afraid - Justin Strharsky & Zane Prickett, RIIT
  • Achieving Data Quality in your EAM System: Pipe Dream or Reality? - David Hattrick, HubHead Corporation
  • Data validation and statistical methods - Dr. Ed Cripps, University of Western Australia
  • as well as presentations from NOPTA and AGIA

More information can be found on the PPDM Events page

Membership renewals for 2015-2016 now due

It’s that time of the year again – time to renew your AGIA membership!

AGIA provides members with many opportunities to network with geoscience information colleagues and stay up-to-date with developments across industry and government. In October AGIA is hosting a Legacy Data Workshop (Looking at the Past, Thinking of the Future) and is also sponsoring PPDM’s Brisbane Workshop and Perth Symposium, entitling AGIA members to a discounted rate for attendance.

The AGIA Treasurer has created a Trybooking site to collect AGIA membership payments (credit card only, 30c processing fee).

Click to here to register your membership!

The membership fees remain unchanged:

$50.00 Personal
$150.00 Corporate (corporate members need to nominate one contact)
$20.00 Student/Retired/Unemployed (Concession)

For those unable to pay using credit card please print an AGIA Membership Application and send the completed form to:

AGIA Membership Secretary
Dr Kerry Smith
Email: membership@agia.org.au, and CC treasurer@agia.org.au