A vast collection of previously incompatible geoscience datasets are now accessible, to allow researchers to ‘see through new glasses’.

The Geoscience Data-enhanced Virtual Laboratory (DeVL) provides researchers with seamless access to data, tools, compute resources and related services via a single portal. 

“For a long time, we have been making data downloadable from a network of geological data stores, but to be able to bring together datasets from all over Australia into a single integrated Big Data platform, and transform the data to be ready for new tools, software and analysis methods is a huge step forward.” Dr Tim Rawling CEO AuScope.


Header image courtesy of Professor Brent McInnes.

1 Magnetotellurics (MT) datasets available
Twenty one MT datasets from The University of Adelaide are now discoverable through the NCI GeoNetwork and harvested by Research Data Australia to enable broader discoverability; improved metadata and quality of data using the Findable, Accessable, Interoperable, Reuseable (FAIR) principles.
2 Passive seismic datasets available
Seven datasets from the ANU Research School of Earth Science (RSES) are accessible through the AusPass Data Portal.
3 Magnetic, gravity and radiometric surveys available
Approximately 3000 individual magnetic, gravity and radiometric surveys from Geoscience Australia are accessible from NCI, and are also visible and processable in VGL. The availability of these datasets has greatly increased the number of datasets available via the VGL and to the computational geophysics community.
4 International Geo Science Sample Number (IGSN)
Australian researchers are able to apply globally unique identifiers to their samples due to the development of the IGSN. The IGSN service is accessible from the AuScope website, which represents a major feat and enables the broader Geoscience researcher community to properly identify samples. This new service enables the community to improve the auditability of research with unique, global identification of physical specimens. A promotion and training strategy will be developed for the new IGSN Service.
5 HPC-enabled geophysics software available
The software on NCI enables Australian researchers to discover and deploy geophysics software on Cloud services.
6 A refreshed and updated Virtual Geophysics Laboratory (VGL)
7 A common landing page for all AuScope services
This page brings together all of AuScope’s virtual components, including the AuScope Grid, VGL, Underworld2 training, AusPASS and IGSN minting apps. Further services/portals will be added as they become available.
8 Improved discoverability
Increased visibility of Passive Seismic data in the AusPass portal; Increased geographic discoverability of the locations of IGSNs allocated by GA,CSIRO and ARDC in the Australian IGSN portal (http://igsn.org.au) and/or a layer inthe AuScope Discovery portal; Increased visibility and discoverability of AuScope-funded software; Increased discoverability of Geophysics data services in the NCI and RDA onlinecatalogues using agreed best practice for the relevant international standards.
9 Improved service
Bulk uploading to be added to the IGSN service. Production service for HPC MT data operational at NCI. Improve VGL service to enable multiple front ends to interact with the backend.

Core features

MT and Passive Seismic data collections
Major Australian academic MT and Passive Seismic data collections are now programmatically accessible online and discoverable through internationally compliant catalogue services.
Global identifiers
Development of infrastructure for academic researchers to use globally unique identifiers for their physical samples, and enabling the samples to be discovered online and linked to analytical data derived from them.
Simplified access to AuScope services
A web portal for all AuScope services has been created and existing services modernised, such as the VGL, to enable Australian researchers to discover and deploy geophysics software and workflows.

Who is this project for?

Academic, industry, government and citizen sectors.

What does this project enable?

  • Academic researchers now have a means of storing and making data accessible from future geophysical experiments enabled by ANSIR MT and Passive Seismic instruments.
  • Access to an online network that integrates geochemical and geochronological data collected using multiple techniques from multiple Australian institutional laboratories – through the globally unique identifiers service).
  • Open access to geology, geochemistry and geophysics data for users of varied backgrounds and skill sets. The AVRE facilitates data, software and workflows to be added to trusted repositories, then offers access to these as services either via Virtual Laboratories (for less technical users,) or by user-created Python notebooks to give greater flexibility and foster more innovation and creativity.
University of Queensland (UQ)Visit
Curtin University of TechnologyVisit
University of Sydney (USyd)Visit
Geoscience Australia (GA)Visit
The University of MelbourneVisit
University of Tasmania (UTAS)Visit
The University of AdelaideVisit
National Computational Infrastructure (NCI)Visit
Research School of Earth Sciences (RSES)Visit
ANSIR Research Facilities for Earth SoundingVisit
Thermochronology and Noble Gas Geochronology and Geochemistry Organisation (TANG3O)Visit
State and Territory Geological Surveys