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As discussed in  a technical paper on this site, Georeference Online Ltd has, since its incorporation in 2000, believed that geological standards which are both person-friendly and machine-friendly will assume increasing importance in geology.

Subsequent developments have vindicated this belief, as currently evidenced in the OneGeology Initiative, together with the standards being developed by the The Commission for the Management and Application of Geoscience Information (CGI).

Adherence to broadly accepted geological nomenclature and GIS standards by exploration and mining companies will enhance the value of the data sets they hold  -  data sets which are often an important component of corporate intellectual capital.

This page is used to highlight standards of practice and nomenclature which assist in geological work in general, and in the development of private, corporate and public data-based assets in particular.

Rock Classification System

The British Geological Survey provide a rock classification system which fulfills the criteria discussed above at the following site:

Geological Wordlists

The Australian Geological Survey Organisation (AGSO) provide a number of useful wordlists at the following site:

Exploration Best Practice Guidelines

The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum provide useful, if abbreviated, guidelines for exploration best practice at the following site: .


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