[ASC-media] Media Release

Sam.Lucia at ga.gov.au Sam.Lucia at ga.gov.au
Thu Oct 9 15:51:17 EST 2003

Geoscience Austrlia

Australia's geoscience database goes international

For immediate release 9 October 2003

Access to Australian research material about geoscience has been given a new
lease of life thanks to a new agreement between Geoscience Australia and the
American Geological Institute.

"The agreement will provide tangible benefits for the Australian geoscience,
mining and petroleum exploration communities. Since the Australian Earth
Sciences Information Service (AESIS) folded in 2001, it has become
increasingly difficult to find relevant Australian geoscience research
material," said Dr Neil Williams, CEO of Geoscience Australia.

"Ensuring that this material is available to the community is important as it
is used by university libraries, consultants, governments and industry not
only for scientific research but also to assist in making decisions about
environmental management, policy and laws.
"All major, Australian geoscientific publications will now be included on the
international GeoRef database so they can be found easily under
specifications such as title, author, subject and publication date.

"The agreement between Geoscience Australia and the American Geological
Institute will significantly increase coverage of Australian geoscience
material in GeoRef," said Dr Williams.  

The GeoRef database, established by the American Geological Institute in
1966, is the most comprehensive geoscience database in the world and contains
2.4 million references to geoscience journals, books, maps, conference
proceedings, reports and theses.

"Indexed material from Geoscience Australia will appear in GeoRef by November
2003.  Geoscience Australia is working in collaboration with State and
Territory government geoscience agencies to comprehensively index government
geoscience publications and we will also be contacting universities,
professional associations and other publishers to include any material they
might have," he said.  

Access to the database, either via the Web or on CD, will be via
Researchers will be able to subscribe to the full GeoRef database, to the
Australian content only (AusGeoRef) or to an individually customised alert
service.  More details about accessing or subscribing to GeoRef are available
from the Geoscience Portal (www.geoscience.gov.au/) or

www.ga.gov.au: For more information or to arrange an interview call 
the Media Hotline 1800 882 035 
(24 hour)

Samantha Lucia 

Science Communicator
Geoscience Australia
Ph: 61 2 6249 9438
Fax: 61 2 6249 9990
Email: sam.lucia at ga.gov.au
Website: www.ga.gov.au

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