Australian and International Data Standards
Last updated:7 June 2023
A standards organisation, sometimes referred to as a standards body, is an organisation with authority to endorse official standards for given applications. Geoscience Australia collaborates with a number of Australian and international bodies to develop agreed standards for data transfer and best practice.
Geospatial data standards
Standards Australia (Australian representative on ISO)
Geological data standards
GeoSciML and EarthResourceML are international data transfer standards for geological and mineral resources data, developed by the IUGS Commission for the Management and Application of Geoscience Information (CGI) and Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).
The Government Geoscience Information Committee (GGIC), representing all Australian and New Zealand government geological surveys, has endorsed GeoSciML as the Australasian geological data transfer standard. MineralTenementML is a GGIC standard for delivery of mineral tenement data.
Geophysical data standards
Building and Construction standards
Maritime Limits and Boundaries
IHO S‐121 Maritime Limits and Boundaries Data Exchange is being developed by Geoscience Australia in partnership with the UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea and the S‐121 Project Team.
Discrete Global Grid Systems
International GeoSample Number (IGSN)
The objective of the IGSN e.V. is to implement and promote standard methods for locating, identifying, and citing physical samples with confidence by operating an international IGSN registration service with a distributed infrastructure for use by and benefit to its members.
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