PropBase Scoping Study

Shaw, R.P.. 2006 PropBase Scoping Study. Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey, 35pp. (IR/06/088) (Unpublished)

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This scoping study outlines PropBase. This is not another corporate database but more an integrated means of accessing, synthesising and extracting data related to rock and soil properties, including anthropogenic soils that are held in existing, corporately managed, databases. It will also provide high-level metadata and contact information for relevant data that are held in BGS in non-corporate databases or analogue forms. PropBase will provide seamless access to rock and soil property data in a user friendly, intuitive, way as well as the means of providing summaries of the data. It is likely to be part of or, at least, linked to, the Internet Data Access (IDA), Geoscience Data Index (GDI), and Digital Geoscience Spatial Model (DGSM), data portal systems and will underpin, and enable extension of, existing enquiries services. There are two main aspects to PropBase. Firstly, there are the database-related activities. For data in digital databases to be usable by PropBase they must have attributes that enable them to be both located spatially and related directly to rock types. To achieve this ‘PropBase compliance’, data will need to be attributed with XYZ co-ordinates and LexRock codes. Secondly, there is the development of a ‘PropBase Data Portal’, which will provide easy access to ‘PropBase compliant’ datasets wherever they may reside. The DGSM Portal, which provides access to the results of 3D geological modelling activities and their related data, and the Groundwater Portal, developed at BGS Wallingford, are good examples of such data portals already developed by the BGS. Given the clear potential benefits to PropBase, it is proposed that the Geochemical Properties Interface (GPI) be developed and extended, initially for a limited range of rock properties, starting with porosity. The advantage of this portal is that, if required by the user, it already has the capability to provide statistical summaries of the data that it extracts. PropBase will be a relatively modestly funded project and may, therefore, not have the resources to undertake significant enhancement of existing databases or to digitise analogue datasets. It must, however, be able to ensure that all relevant new data acquisitions are ‘PropBase compliant’ and to support development of the ‘PropBase Data Portal’. A suggested outline programme for PropBase is provided.

Item Type: Publication - Report
Programmes: BGS Programmes > Physical Hazards
Funders/Sponsors: NERC
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Contributors: SDG Campbell, D Entwisle, I Gale, P Jackson, A Kingdon, DJ Lowe, AE Milodowski. This item has been internally reviewed but not externally peer-reviewed
Additional Keywords: Databases, Rocks, Soils, UK
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 29 May 2009 10:45 +0 (UTC)

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