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.
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).
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.
|March to April||May to July||August to October||November to February|
Geoscience specific societies and institutes, with a focus on measurement
More general, classical or theoretical (natural history) informatics, systemics and cybernetic societies
|Simulation Industry Association of Australia Limited, Computers & Geosciences,|
The Computers in Geology Search Centre has been prototyped to these parameters:
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
hardness; but I still find the feed in the Windows 10 version of Microsoft Internet Explorer to be too salacious.
Set theSafeSearch=Stricton the Bing search engine
A further version of the Computers in Geology search centre is under construction, after two previous attempts:
Often government survey universal resource locators (URL) are too long to be quotable, so try this TinyURL site to reduce them:
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.