Big Data Symposium look back

AGIA National Committee member Elizabeth Amann recently attended the Big Data Symposium as a representative of AGIA and gave a short presentation about our organisation. Below are Liz’s reflections on the event, with a link to presentations for further reading:

The symposium presented a wide range of interesting talks about the concept of Big Data and how the mining and exploration industry perceive it. Speakers broadly represented both industry (large and small scale mining and petroleum companies, and consultants/contractors) and research organisations. Talks ranged from the collection and collation of raw data, the tools used, data storage and manipulation, to end-use (e.g. Michelle Carey’s Real Time Acquisition and Management of Data at the Rig).

The term ” Big Data” was variously defined by each speaker and each had a slightly different view. One common thread was that the industry is really just on the edge of turning big data into useful opportunities. The symposium highlighted the obvious existence of very large sets of data that are being-or have been-captured, and the emergence of technology and tools that can easily and speedily store and manage the data as statistics. As Robert Woodcock of CSIRO explained we have an enormous amount of data stored as statistics, and everyone talking about and defining “big data”, but the real opportunities and future challenges lie in the integration of these data sets in meaningful ways, and then the useful application to turn the mass of data into information and knowledge.

One exciting opportunity was afforded by a panel speaker at the end of the Symposium, Rob Freeth of CRCSI, who gave the example of the cooperative potential of sharing big data across disciplines for strategic use and collaborative research that leads to accelerated industry growth, improved social well-being and a more sustainable environment.

Selected presentations can be downloaded at the following link: For extended abstracts please select “Bulletin No. 61”.

Legacy Data – Looking at the Past, Thinking of the Future

AGIA is calling for speakers for the upcoming AGIA Seminar Legacy Data – Looking at the Past, Thinking of the Future, to be held on Thursday October 22, 2015 at Technology Park in Bentley (Perth, WA).

Talks are invited that touch on one or more of the following aspects of legacy data capture and delivery:

  • Future proofing of legacy data (preservation, media/format changes)
  • Methodologies: digitizing, mapping, storage, etc.
  • Metadata: how they are dealt with, automatic generation
  • Data delivery, broadening access
  • Extracting value from your data: maximising the return on your investment
  • Selling the message: how to get funding for legacy data projects

Case studies with take home messages (what went well and what didn’t!) are welcome.

If you are interested in presenting please contact

For those seeking inspiration, the following article (lead author AGIA President Angela Riganti) is available online through the open access journal GeoResJ:

Angela Riganti, Terence R. Farrell, Margaret J. Ellis, Felicia Irimies, Colin D. Strickland, Sarah K. Martin, Darren J. Wallace, 125 years of legacy data at the Geological Survey of Western Australia: Capture and delivery, GeoResJ, Volume 6, June 2015, Pages 175-194, ISSN 2214-2428,

AGIA sponsors 2014 Perth Data Management Symposium

PPDMIn keeping with one of AGIA’s core objectives – to maintain links between members and geoscience information organisations in Australia and overseas – AGIA is sponsoring the 2014 Perth Data Management Symposium, August 6-8.

The Symposium is organised by the Professional Petroleum Data Management
(PPDM) Association, a not-for-profit Canadian-based society established in 1991. PPDM’s mission is to “ promote professional petroleum data management through the development and dissemination of best practices” [PPDM]. AGIA’s National Committee believes there are benefits for the membership in fostering links with Associations that share a common interest in geoscience information, such as PPDM. One of the direct benefits of the current sponsorship arrangement is a discounted Symposium registration rate of US$250 for AGIA’s financial members (the fee is usually US$449 for PPDM members & US$559 for non-members).

Symposium topics of interest to AGIA members include:

  • Search & Rescue – The Data Lost and Found Initiative - Guy Holmes, SpectrumData
  • 20/20: Conversations About Conservation of Data Value - Martin Storey, Well Data QA
  • Petroleum Industry Data Management Issues within the Australian Environment - Michael Wiltshire, Occam Technology
  • Data Management as a Profession - Ingrid Kristel, PPDM Association

Further details about the Symposium can be found on the PPDM website. AGIA members can contact Bryan Francisco at PPDM to arrange a discounted registration.

For those needing to update their AGIA membership, registration is currently open via TryBooking.



Can you trust your data?

AGIA 2013 Geoscience Information Seminar: Can you trust your data?

1.30 – 5.30pm, Thursday 24th October 2013

Mineral House, 100 Plain Street, Perth WA

This seminar is an excellent opportunity to hear how colleagues in government and industry geoscience organisations are creating, exposing and maintaining trusted data.

  • Chevron Australia’s Subsurface Data Management Program
  • GSWA/DMP Data & Software Download Centre
  • Managing and Visualizing Spatial Data from an A Class Reserve [using GIS]
  • GeoVIEW.WA Demonstration
  • Chevron’s Information Governance Journey
  • New WAMEX Demonstration

Sundowners following the presentations will provide an excellent opportunity for networking. Please see the AGIA 2013 Geoscience Information Seminar Flyer  for more details.


Bookings close Tuesday 22nd October 2013. AGIA members $35, Non-members $50. Please direct all registration enquiries to