[OSM-talk-ie] Fwd: Ryan announces free online access to Departmental spatial data - DCMNR Press Release
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Wed Oct 17 23:14:41 BST 2007
I'll try in-lining it this time.
"Natural resource deposit locations, licence areas & groundwater
information now available online"
Dublin,, 17 October 2007
Minister Eamon Ryan today announced that he would be making the bulk of
the digital data held in the Department of Communications, Energy and
Natural Resources available to people freely and easily online.
More than 5Tb of spatial data will now be made available for free
download. These services will be made available via the Department's
website and the University sector's internet backbone, the HEAnet.
Commenting on the announcement Minister Ryan said, "The free
dissemination of this data is intended to stimulate the environmental,
exploration, construction, and geoscience sectors. Some of the data
could prove very useful for companies exploring for oil and gas
resources for example. It will also provide important data for planners
in achieving sustainable and responsible development and assist in the
planning of major infrastructure projects."
The bulk of the Department's spatial data is within the Natural
Resources sector, and initial datasets available will include licence
boundaries and drill hole locations from the Petroleum Affairs Division,
significant deposit locations and prospecting licence areas from
Exploration and Mining Division and a wide range of marine, bedrock
geology, soil, groundwater, mineral and geotechnical data from the
Geological Survey of Ireland as well as the Marine Institute.
Additional spatial datasets will come from the Department's Engineering
Division, whose coastal photos are collected for coastal protections
work. The offshore datasets collected by the Department's and Marine
Institute's joint sea bed mapping projects, the Irish National Seabed
Survey, and its successor INFOMAR will also be made available.
"This project is an important component of an overall plan to make
Ireland an internationally renowned destination for geoscience research.
The Government has committed to investing a total of ?43 million over
the next seven years in the geoscience sector and I hope to soon see
many more exciting new geoscience projects that could potentially
transform our lives," concluded Minister Ryan.
For further media information, please contact:-
Brid McGrath, Press Advisor: Office +353 1 678 2440 / Mobile: 087 770
Ken Cleary, Press Officer: Office +353 1 678 2441 / Mobile: 087 905 9618
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