Below are access sites and links to online databases containing publicly available data in Australia and nearby regions.
Geoscience Australia hosts a number of databases which can be accessed from the GA Home page. These include:
- NOPIMS (National Offshore Petroleum Information Management System – login required, free registration)
- PIMS (Petroleum Information Management System) and
- Australian Stratigraphic Units Database – “records information on all Australian stratigraphic units and their usage in literature, making it a centralised reference point for all Australian stratigraphic unit information. The database is also the repository for definition descriptions for these units” (Commonwealth of Australia,Geoscience Australia, 2013)
NEW SOUTH WALES
The NSW Geological Survey has a number of online services, including :
- DIGS® (Digital Imaging Geological Systems) “is a vast document archive which is available to the public on-line, making available non confidential reports and other important documentary material held by the Resources & Energy Division” (State of New South Wales, Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services, 2013) and
- MinView “allows on-line interactive display and query of exploration tenement information and geoscience data” (State of New South Wales, Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services, 2013)
- STRIKE (web mapping application for viewing and downloading geoscientific and titles data),
- GEMIS (Geoscience Exploration and Mining Information System providing access to mineral exploration industry reports and data, petroleum well reports and data, Northern Territory Geological Survey (NTGS) products and seismic survey data basin package contents lists)
- PEX (Petroleum Exploration Reports – Onshore NT and coastal areas),
- COREDAT(core/cuttings held by NTGS) and data) and
- Library Catalogue
- SARIG - South Australian Resources Information Geoserver. “An online web application developed by the Minerals and Energy Group enabling users to search, view and download information relating to minerals, petroleum and geothermal exploration in South Australia” (Government of South Australia, Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy, 2013)
- Mineral Resources Tasmania (MRT) has a number of themed search options including Drillholes, Geophysics, Groundwater, Tenements, and Documents. See the full list on MRT’s Database Search page.
- A list of databases, catalogues and indexes can be found on the Department of Primary Industries’ Earth Resources Publications & Resources page. Included is GEOVIC -”Datasets that can be viewed and interrogated include mineral, petroleum and extractive industries tenements, land-use and airborne geophysical survey boundaries, gravity, magnetic and radiometric images, borehole & well data, surface geochemistry results, mines and mineral occurrences, and geological maps and interpretations at various scales” (State Government Victoria, Department of Primary Industries, 2013)
- Digital and scanned reports and data can be downloaded from http://er-info.dpi.vic.gov.au/
Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA) has a large range of online systems including WAPIMS (Western Australian Petroleum and Geothermal Information Management System), WAMEX (Western Australian Mineral Exploration Index), MAGIX (Airborne Geophysics Index) , MINEDEX (Mines and Mineral deposits), GeoVIEW.WA (Interactive geological map), TENGRAPH, Geochronology, Geochemistry, and document search facilities for promotional material, geoscience maps, information & reports. Some databases require user registration.
- FRED - New Zealand Fossil Record File (FRF) database. This is a recording scheme for fossil localities in NZ and nearby regions including SE Pacific Islands and the Ross Sea region of Antarctica, and is jointly managed by Geoscience Society of New Zealand and GNS Science.
- PETLAB - rock catalogue and geoanalytical database. It is operated by GNS, with GNS and Auckland, Waikato, Massey, Victoria, Canterbury and Otago universities contributing data. The database contains locations, descriptions and analyses of rock and mineral samples collected from onland and offshore New Zealand and Antarctica by government, university and industry geologists. Information has been sourced from journal articles, theses, and open file reports.
In addition to the databases listed above, a number of other low cost data and information sources are included in the 2015 presentation by Vanessa Johnson: A miser’s guide to sourcing data and information: where to look (& who to ask)- please see Presentations & Articles of Interest