Tue May 9 11:41:56 2000

A comment by Peter Davenport about

Science language for geologic-map databases

Good day from Calgary.

My name is Peter Davenport, and for the past year I have
been leading the geoscientific data management team at the
Calgary Division of the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC-C).
This Division is focused primarily on the sedimentary
basins of western and northern Canada and their hydrocarbon

Prior to Calgary I was head of the Geochemistry, Geophysics
and Terrain Sciences Section of the Geological Survey of
Newfoundland and Labrador. My own speciality is applied
geochemistry, and the application of systematic geochemical
mapping to mineral exploration and environmental issues.

I have recently acquired the ?part-time? role of chairing
the Canadian Geoscience Data Model Working Group (CGDMWG),
working under the auspices of the National Geological
Surveys Committee, which is made up of the Directors of
Canada?s federal, provincial and state surveys. The mandate
of CGDMWG is to coordinate and recommend on the development
of a comprehensive data model to support Internet access to
Canada?s distributed geoscience data holdings. The working
group is very interested in the NADM as a possible central
component for this data model.

I look forward to meeting all of you who will be in
Lexington next week.

Peter Davenport
Senior Geoscience Data Expert
Geological Survey of Canada
3303 33 rd St. NW
Alberta, Canada,
T2L 2A7
Tel: 403-292-7141
Fax: 403-292-7071

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