The Last Dance of the GeoDeVL: Actions Arising to Further Grow the Capacity of the AuScope Downward Looking Telescope

Dr Lesley Wyborn1, Dr Nigel Rees1, Mr  Stuart Woodman2, Dr  Carsten Friedrich3, Dr Tim Rawling4, Dr Graham Heinson5, Dr Jens Klump6, Mrs Julia Martin7, Mr  Joel Benn7, Dr Michelle Salmon8, Dr Ben Evans1, Mr Ryan Fraser6

1National Computational Infrastructure, ANU, Canberra, Australia, 2Data 61, CSIRO, Clayton, Australia, 3Data 61, CSIRO, Canberra, Australia, 4AuScope Ltd, Melbourne, Australia, 5The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, , 6CSIRO, Perth, Australia, 7Australian Research Data Commons, Canberra, Australia, 8Research School of Earth Sciences, Canberra, Australia


From 2017-2020, a collaboration between the ARDC, AuScope, NCI, CSIRO, University of Adelaide, Geological Survey of South Australia, RSES (ANU), and Curtin University co-funded three Geoscience Data-enhanced Virtual Laboratory (GeoDeVL) projects in support of the AuScope Downward Looking Telescope (DLT), a distributed observational, characterisation and computational infrastructure to image and understand the Australian Plate. Projects focused on 1) making academic Passive Seismic (PS) and Magnetotelluric (MT) datasets FAIR, 2) developing an IGSN minting service for academic samples and 3) aligning data portals, virtual laboratories, software platforms into a single dashboard: the AuScope Virtual Research Environment (AVRE). New actions have been identified to help grow the capacity of the DLT.

In making PS and MT datasets FAIR, relevant field metadata was inconsistent and hard to find. AuScope is supporting development of digital loggers to ensure capture of standardised attributes with field-deployed geophysical instruments.

The release of PS datasets on the AusPass website was greatly aided by the maturity of the International FSDN community: there is no equivalent for MT.  The Australian MT Practitioners group was formed to develop agreed best practice.

A capacity for academics to mint IGSN’s was created, but most departmental laboratories do not have the required supporting infrastructure: some institutional IT issues remain unsolved.

AVRE aims to enable researchers to use notebooks to mix and match relevant data and software, and then execute on a variety of software platforms (including HPC). Creating a portal for FAIR software and workflows, equivalent to data portals, is part of ongoing work.


Lesley Wyborn is an Adjunct Fellow at the National Computational Infrastructure and RSES at ANU and works part time for the Australian Research Data Commons. She previously had 42 years’ experience from 1972 to 2014 in Geoscience Australia in scientific research (geochemistry and mineral systems research)  and in geoscientific data management. She is currently Chair of the Australian Academy of Science ‘National Data in Science Committee’ and is on the American Geophysical Union Data Management Advisory Board and the Earth Science Information Partners Board. She was awarded the Australian Government Public Service Medal in 2014, the 2015 Geological Society of America Career Achievement Award in Geoinformatics and the 2019 US Earth Science Information Partners Martha Maiden Award.


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