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CGI's mission is to foster the interoperability and exchange of geoscience information, by active community leadership, collaboration, education, and the development and promotion of geoscience information standards and best practice.

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Current Working Groups

GeoSciML — a collaborative OGC-CGI standards working group developing a geological data transfer standard —

EarthResourceML — developing a data transfer standard for mineral resources and mining information —

Geoscience Terminology — developing multilingual vocabularies for geoscience and earth resources information —

Geoscience Information in Africa (GIRAF) — a collaborative network of African and global geoinformatics professionals working together to enable geoscience information to contribute to the environmental and economic prosperity of the people of Africa.


OGC/CGI Geoscience Domain Working Group

OGC and CGI are seeking comment on a proposal to establish a Geoscience Domain Working Group (DWG) within OGC. The proposed DWG will provide an open forum to develop, improve, and promote technologies for Geoscience data description and sharing. The forum will encourage collaboration among participants representing many organizations and communities, and will ensure appropriate liaisons to other relevant working groups, both inside and outside of OGC. Read the DWG draft charter. Comments should be sent via email to charter-requests@opengeospatial.org and are due by 10 May 2017.

CGI Council and Working Group meetings in Vienna and Orleans

Natural History Museum, Vienna

The CGI Council and three of its working groups will be meeting in May and June, adjacent to the 32nd GIC conference:

  • Geoscience Terminology Working Group — Vienna, 26 May, Geological Survey of Austria
  • CGI/OGC GeoSciML Standards Working Group — Vienna, 29 May, Geological Survey of Austria
  • CGI Council — Vienna, 3 June
  • EarthResourceML Working Group — Orleans, 5 June, BRGM

There will be teleconference facilities available for the working group meetings for people who are unable to attend in person. Please contact the working group Chairs for further details.

35th International Geological Congress

A successful "Geoscience Data & Information Systems" symposium was held at the 35th IGC in Cape Town. Over 40 presentations were given on a wide range of digital geological data management, data analysis, and data delivery topics.

More than 20 people attended the CGI workshop on geoscience web services. Presentations were given by the leaders of all the CGI/OGC working groups, and experts from the OneGeology and INSPIRE projects.

CGI council members

The CGI Council held its annual meeting in Cape Town. Two new members joined the Council, and Kristine Asch retired as CGI Secretary-General to take up a position as a Vice President of IUGS. Zhang Minghua (China) and Kombada Mhopjeni (Namibia) now share the role of CGI Secretary-General.