Geoscience Data Modernisation Project
The Geoscience Data Modernisation Project (GDMP) will help transform Queensland’s geoscience data ecosystem and enable data-driven exploration, discovery and success for industry.
The project is being managed by the Geological Survey of Queensland (GSQ).
The project initiatives are:
- GSQ Open Data Portal
- GSQ Lodgement Portal
- New industry reporting requirements
- Minerals and coal data confidentiality changes
By optimising every aspect of geoscience data, we aim to give industry a strong advantage in an era of ever-increasing challenges to exploration and development.
We will unlock the full value of the data we hold via key focus areas:
- data: ensure data quality and usability through systems and processes
- curation: create a secure, advanced and more accessible data repository
- adding value: embed and enable advanced data analytics
- skills and capability: expand data science and management skills in our workforce.
GSQ Open Data Portal
The new GSQ Open Data Portal greatly increases access to Queensland geoscience data and make it easier to find and use.
The online portal provides a single point of access to all of GSQ’s open file geoscience data for the first time.
The new portal replaces the QDEX Data system, which will shut down on 28 August 2020.
- Single search tool for all geoscience data
- Enhanced search capabilities, including
- detailed metadata searching
- spatial searching through GeoResGlobe
- manual or automated searching through an open API
- Shopping cart functionality to allow collection and download of multiple datasets
- Easy access via a web browser - no plug-ins required
Coming later in 2020
- Large amounts of data that are new or previously unavailable online
- up to 100TB of seismic data previously held offline (on tapes and hard disks)
- OCR copies of all open file reports (more than 61,000) to support text searching and automated analysis of PDF reports
- Linked data functionality, drawing connections between different types of data, making it faster and easier to discover all related geoscience data
- Advanced data analytics, including support for machine learning and artificial intelligence (through a standards-based metadata catalogue) to provide more meaningful data
GSQ Lodgement Portal
The new GSQ Lodgement Portal provides a streamlined way for resource authority holders to lodge statutory reports and data.
The new portal replaces the QDEX Reports system.
The portal includes data validation to ensure only quality geoscience data is lodged for the long-term benefit of the resources industry.
The data will be available to industry following expiry of the relevant confidentiality period.
New industry reporting requirements
New industry reporting requirements are being implemented to improve the quality, usability and value of geoscience data submitted by resource authority holders.
The new reporting requirements are being finalised in consultation with industry and will be brought into effect as reporting practice directions in September 2020.
The practice directions, supported by the new GSQ Lodgement Portal, will guide industry in lodging reports and data. Some data types will be submitted using new Excel templates. These capture data in a structured and itemised way, ensuring high quality and accessible data will be available for future use by industry.
To help transition to the new reporting system, there will be a grace period between 3 August 2020 and 30 June 2021. During this period, strict timeframes for reporting will be suspended. However, all reports and data due in this period must be submitted by 30 June 2021, and be in the new industry reporting format .
Important: Until the new industry reporting practice directions are released (scheduled for September 2020), the current reporting requirements still apply. However, reports and data will need to be lodged in the new GSQ Lodgement Portal from 3 August 2020 (instead of QDEX Reports).
- Read more about the minerals and coal reporting requirements.
- Read more about the petroleum and gas reporting requirements.
Minerals and coal data confidentiality changes
Following consultation with industry, the confidentiality period for minerals and coal exploration reports and data will change to 5 years (instead of life of tenure). Reports and data older than 5 years since first lodgement, and therefore eligible for public release, will be made available to the public.
The change will be effective from when amendments to the Mineral Resources Regulation 2013 are made. These are expected in early September 2020. The change to exploration reports and data availability will bring Queensland’s confidentiality period into line with other Australian states.
Opportunity to resubmit historic report data
Because of the change from life-of-tenure confidentiality to a defined 5-year term, minerals and coal authority holders will have a once-only opportunity to resubmit exploration data reported prior to 3 August 2020 to remove potentially sensitive or commercial-in-confidence information.
The opportunity is optional, and the resubmitted report data must use the templates and rules mandated by new reporting practice directions, which are scheduled to be released in September 2020.
You can look up minerals and coal reports in the historic reports summary.
Process and timeline
|Actions and milestones||Date|
|Deadline for authority holders to email a list of the minerals and coal report data they intend to resubmit for confidentiality purposes to firstname.lastname@example.org||By 5pm, 30 November 2020|
|Historic minerals and coal report data (5 years old or more) that authority holders have not elected to resubmit becomes open file and is released on the GSQ Open Data Portal||1 January 2021|
|Deadline for authority holders to resubmit historic minerals and coal report data via the GSQ Lodgement Portal||By 9am, 30 November 2021|
|Resubmitted historic minerals and coal report data (5 years old or more) becomes open file and released on the GSQ Open Data Portal||1 January 2022|
Report data less than 5 years old can also be resubmitted using the new reporting templates. This resubmitted data will be eligible for public release on the 5 year anniversary of its original lodgement date.
If report data is not resubmitted, the entire original report will be eligible for public release on the 5 year anniversary of its original lodgement date.
These 2 examples explain the differences in approach.
Example 1: Report data submitted in August 2010 (10 years ago)
This example automatically qualifies for public release because the original lodgement date is greater than 5 years.
If the report data is identified as containing sensitive or commercial-in-confidence information, the data must be resubmitted using the new reporting templates by 30 November 2021.
Example 2: Report data submitted in August 2017 (3 years ago)
This example remains subject to the 5 year confidentiality provision based on its original lodgement date.
The report data should be resubmitted using the new reporting templates by 30 November 2021. The resubmitted report data will be eligible for public release on the 5 year anniversary of its original lodgement date.
All resubmitted report data will be released publicly on 1 January 2022.
Find out more
- Subscribe to the Geoscience Data Modernisation Project newsletter.
- If you require further information please email email@example.com.
Last updated 4 August 2020