Issue 8, December 1998 - January 1999

GIS data brought together on the Web

One hit on the Internet will now take you to the Australian Special Data Directory with more than 3500 datasets of spatial and geographic information. The directory provides access to data catalogues held by many Australian Government agencies via the World Wide Web.

The extent of geographic or spatial information available about a particular area can now be gleaned from the one inquiry.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Science and Resources, Warren Entsch said it would prove beneficial for resource and environmental managers, researchers, planners and others who rely on geographic information to do their job.

The directory provides direct access to more than 3500 datasets distributed throughout Australia through a simple method of search, discovery and retrieval of spatial datasets.

"The directory has been in prototype mode for almost a year now, averaging 2000 hits per month," Mr Entsch said. "This is expected to grow as knowledge of the service becomes more widely known."

The development of the directory by Commonwealth and State Govern-ment agencies was coordinated by the Australian Surveying and Land Information Group, Environment Australia and the Bureau of Resource Sciences.

The directory is an initiative of Australia's peak land information forum, the Australia New Zealand Land Information Council.

—Department of Primary Industry & Energy