Geoscience Gateway

What can you find here:
A compilation of general and science search engines.
Use of the XSLT compiler with Jscript to provide a reformatted extract from an xml data file.
How to focus on data, not advertising, in your searches
A search centre for browsers without Jscript
Links to any website with a geoscientific database, standards glossary or business compendium.
In praise of older catalogues
Geoscientific surveying, librarianship or computing meetings (conferences and webhosting).
or just select the default gateway.
For database query design and encoding;

[The favorite icon for Ovid website, and the bibliographic database publisher Wolters Kluwer, and makers of Silver Platter software] [Australia's peak professional body for data and information management practitioners] [the icon for the Topografix website] [the icon for the database] [The favourite icon for the search engine web site] [The favourite icon for the search engine Dictionarist] [The favourite icon for the Mudrock Media web-site ] [The favourite icon for the AMC Drilling Fluids web-site ] [The favourite icon for Data ReSource web-site for well and seismic survey locations] [The favourite icon for Open Group web-site for Unix-reated standards] [The favourite icon for OGC geospatial standards web-site] [The favourite icon for Qt Software web-site] [The favourite icon for Energistics energy standards web-site] [The favourite icon for Dublin Core web-site] [The favourite icon for Geological Curators' Group web-site] [The shortcut icon for the CWLS website] [The favourite icon for the International Association of Mathematical Geoscientists website] [The favourite icon for the website] [The favourite icon for the ESdat website] [The favourite icon for the Brisbane City website] [The favourite icon for the TimeScale Creator website] [The favourite icon for the website] [The favourite icon for Coreshed and Corescan websites] [The favourite icon for W3 Consortium, responsible for Internet protocols, website] [The favourite icon for South Australian Science Teachers Association website] [The favourite icon for Australian Science Teachers Association] [The favourite icon for the website'] [The favourite icon for the White Pages Australia website'] [The favourite icon for the Oil IT website'] [The favourite icon for the News Classifieds website'] [The favourite icon for the Australian Yellow pages website'] [The favourite icon for the Schlumberger Oilfield Glossary website] [The shortcut icon for the AOL website] [The logo for the Australian Geoscience Council website] [The favourite icon for Source Forge, the open source code web-site] [The favorite icon for the PeaZip website] [The favourite icon for Internet Assigned Numbers Authority website] [The favourite icon for the website of Brock University, Ontario, Canada.] [The shortut icon for the pbEncom web-site] [International Institute of Informatics and Systemics] [The favourite icon for InkScape SVG editor] [The favourite icon for the Geoscience Australia website] [The logo for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation] [The icon for the Computers in Geology]

On-line geoscientific databases, business and general searches:

Links to websites for which charge you for data (Commerce), have on-line databases of facts without charge (Facts), and references to programming languages and other published standards (Standards). Anything marked with an asterisk (*), I use myself and I can give specific advice.

Commerce Facts Standards
  • csh, tcsh, sh, bash
  • FORTRAN 77*
  • NetLib
  • SanDisk SD,SDHC
  • SQL *
  • Tcl/Tk*on Qt
  • WAP
  • Common Database (CDB)
  • conversion calculator
  • G-NAF
  • ICSM
  • NAC
  • NGDA
  • OpenFlight 15.7.0
  • Open SPIRIT
  • Periodic Table
  • PPDM*
  • PROS 99-007
  • SBGN
  • Statoids

[The logo for the Dublin Core metadata generator DCdot provided by the United Kingdom Office of Library and Information Networking] [The new AMIRA logo] [The logo for the Systems Biology Graphical Notation project] [The logo for Sedlog the shareware graphical log editor that is interpreted in Java] [The logo for W3C the standards association for the Internet]

In praise of older catalogues

As an alternative to the columns above there are links to educational, geological survey mapping portals, and research systems from universities(which include training, data and development toolkits) are tabled separately on the People page of the Geoscience Gateway. Where there is managed data without charge these are placed on the Web sites for heritage areas gateway in geographical, political or age context:

In the Facts column of the table above is the CSIRO Data Access Portal. I haven’t used the Data Access Portal, though I have read references to tables in the Australian Journal of Earth Science. When I wrote this paragraph, I had just checked the Data Access Portal as listed and there were published computer programs and supporting data sets, which fit happily into the “report catalogue” model. I have spoken to Leanne Griffiths, the senior data librarian, and she is encouraging all CSIRO researchers to put up any files that they can into this repository. All files are catalogued on a traditional basis with a controlled thesaurus, so it is more than a free facts database.

I have had the debate at the ALIA between focussing on electronic book libraries (PDF and others) versus libraries of public data formats (LAS, GeoSciML). The Domain Search facility allows Data Access Portal users to search for collections that relate to specific scientific research areas using search criteria that are particular to that area of scientific research, and deliver both types of data. However, I think on the data management continuum between “computer geologist to data manager to librarian”, the Data Access Portal is still on the ALIA CP programme end (but everyone is working towards the middle).

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Geoscientific surveying/computing/information learned societies, professional institutes, and associated conferences

I have found there are two approaches to modelling geology on a computer. One has a focus on mapping and measurement and the other relies on the algebra. For any problem, one society can be a hindrance and another a help.In the table below, I have tried to separate the societies into the appropriate category, then the associated conferences into the periods which they occur. The intent is to provide a leave or holiday planning guide.

Table 1 Vacation planning calendar
April May June

Geoscience specific societies and institutes, with a focus on measurement

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[The logos for GeoSmart Asia 2018 and Locate 18 conferences]


More general, classical or theoretical (natural history) informatics, systemics and cybernetic societies

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as above
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[The ALIA Specials SA Group provides professional development and networking opportunities to professionals and students in special libraries in South Australia.] August
no conferences
Simulation Industry Association of Australia Limited, Computers & Geosciences, nil
[shortcut icon for the GESSS-SA conference]

[The logo for the Field Geology Club of SA]

January September
December November October

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Search Centre

The Computers in Geology Search Centre has been prototyped to these parameters:

The search centre is to focus on data not advertising

This search engines section came about when setting up a Yahoo Group site for the Australian Geoscience Information Association, which is now on LinkedIn. The ladies were dismayed at the inappropriate returns when searching there, so I made a quick web page on the theme of Google meets the Women’s Temperance Union. I notice that Microsoft Bing does now produce the Wikipedia entry when searching hardness; but I still find the feed in the Windows 10 version of Microsoft Internet Explorer to be too salacious.

Set the SafeSearch=Strict on the Bing search engine

A further version of the Computers in Geology search centre is under construction, after two previous attempts:

  1. The first version of the search centre was hard coded in HTML and Jscript and was hard to maintain for more than 10 search engines.
  2. The second version, used Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to prepare the HTML, and was good for twenty items, but getting towards fifty I found I was dropping off the occasional engine and getting the codes all wrong. Also with the export from Microsoft Excel there was wrapping of lines, making the script invalid.
  3. the latest Mark III will share the same code and data tables with the Matthew 7:26 development.

Often government survey universal resource locators (URL) are too long to be quotable, so try this TinyURL site to reduce them:

Enter a long URL to make tiny:
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A search centre for browsers without Jscript

This Computers in Geology Search Centre Mk II is being kept for browsers that don't have Jscript. This Mark II required the links to be registered in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, before being exported to HTML and the excerpt cut into this file.

ABN Lookup
AltaVista Australia
AltaVista world wide
ANZWERS Australia
ANZWERS International
ANZWERS New Zealand
APS Gazette
Australian Geoscientists
Australian Law OnLine
borehole image glossary
Bright Sparks
Computer Stuff
MineBox mining companies
MineBox mining products
National Names Index
SA Central
Service NSW
South Australian Legislation
SPWLA curve mnemonics
SPWLA tool mnemonics

Google | | Australian Petroleum Wells | GA products | dictionarist | InfoMine | News Classifieds | News Classifieds notices | Aol. | Schlumberger Oilfield Glossary | Oil IT | OSDD | Purportal | White Pages, Austl. | Yellow Pages, Austl.

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The Geoscience Gateway is compiled by GRANT JACQUIER as a free service for individuals and organisations interested in computer application for practical geoscience.
Material on the Geoscience Gateway may be freely published provided acknowledgement of the source is given. All statements and analysis contained in these pages are opinion only based on information from various sources. The Editor accepts no responsibility for persons acting solely on this information for any purpose. All readers are advised to get independent advice tailored to their individual circumstances.

This page was first created on 31st of January 1998.
© Grant Jacquier 2018