The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and the Queensland Exploration Council (QEC) have both commended the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy for its launch this week of the Geological Survey of Queensland Open Data Portal.

The Open Data Portal brings together all Queensland’s public geoscience data into a single simplified platform for Queensland’s exploration industry.

Chair of the QEC, Kim Wainwright said the portal is an absolute game-changer for Queensland exploration.

In 2018 the QEC made a submission to the Queensland Government to increase its investment in precompetitive exploration capability to ensure Queensland’s national pre-eminence.

“This marks the beginning of data-driven exploration in Queensland. Super-computers, AI and machine-learning are now just as important as a geopick,” said Ms Wainwright.

“My congratulations to the Geological Survey of Queensland (GSQ) who have worked tirelessly for more than a year on this project which brings together more than 150 years of existing data, as well as new data.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if Queensland’s next big mineral discovery comes from these new big-data modelling predictions!

“This is great news for all explorers in Queensland, but especially mineral explorers.

“The portal unlocks a whole new world of data which has been either inaccessible or complex to find,” Ms Wainwright said.

QRC’s Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the estimated replacement cost of Queensland’s geoscience data was worth $40 billion and this portal would house it all in one place.

“This is an important milestone for Minister Lynham and his Department and I congratulate the team on delivering the project at a time when the exploration industry needs every assistance as the economic impacts from COVID-19 unfold,” Mr Macfarlane said.

Click here to access the GSQ Open Data Portal