Saturday, September 19, 2009

Energy industry testing data integration mechanism

The Geoscience Information Network (GIN) which AZGS is developing on behalf of the State Geological Surveys (AASG) and the USGS and for the Dept. of Energy-funded National Geothermal Data System (NGDS), is being adopted as the prototype data integration mechanism in the upstream petroleum industry. The upstream side covers exploration and production, in contrast to the downstream side of refining and marketing.

The petroleum industry consortium Energistics, announced the release on Thursday of a white paper 'roadmap' for data integration, and a plan overview.

An open meeting is being held on September 30 in Houston to solicit comments on the proposal including a review of GIN and NGDS. AZGS Geoinformatics Chief, Dr. Steve Richard, is a member of the working group steering committee and a contributing author to the white paper.

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