WP G – Geoscientific Information Management


Geological data, including maps and mineral resource inventories are the essential basis for assessing the potential for mineral projects and granting exploration and mining licenses. Thus, comprehensive geological and mineral databases provide governments with informed decision-making options and the capacity to negotiate sustainable mineral development contracts with local and foreign investors.

The information technology (IT) equipment and staff support the Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) which enables each Geological Survey organisation to fulfil its missions regarding the geoscientific information. These include (1) collect, (2) store and manage, (3) valorise, and (4) ensure the availability of reliable georeferenced data to several target groups i.e. other government organisations, national and regional communities, planners, private sector, education and citizens.


As part of the PanAfGeo-2 Project, WP-G aims to improve and/or strengthen, capabilities among the staff employed by the African Geological Survey organisations (existing and recruited) in the field of geoscience information management and related information technologies at operational level, with adaptation to the local context and the sustainability potential. At institutional level, this newly skilled workforce is in a better position to design and set up or further develop the national geological and minerals information system.


Based on the training evaluations, and as recommended by the PanAfGeo-1 Advisory Board, these training sessions should now be pursued at an advanced level for the PanAfGeo-1 participants while offering basic level access to the new comers in PanAfGeo-2. The informal networks generated by the nine previous session groups of Geodata management, trainees throughout Africa need to be supported and strengthened as a basis of a new South-South cooperation community of geoscientific data managers.


Each training session of PanAfGeo-1 resulted spontaneously in informal networks of newly skilled geoinformation managers throughout the continent. Several African Geological Survey organisations demonstrated their concern and involvement for the sustainable integration of the new knowledge and skills in their organisation. Then, their active contribution is instrumental in the setting up of a formal network of regional centres of excellence.


Six training sessions including basic and advanced levels:

  • Database management, handling of spatial data and GIS interface (Levels 1 and 2, in English);
  • Spatial data infrastructure – Interoperability standards – Data dissemination (Levels 1 and 2, in English);
  • Database management, handling of spatial data and GIS interface (in French);
  • Database management, handling of spatial data and GIS interface (Level 1, in Portuguese);
  • Spatial data infrastructure – Interoperability standards – Data dissemination (Level 1, in Portuguese);
  • Geological data management and multilayer 3D geological modelling using dedicated geoscience software (in French).


WP-G is led by BRGM (France) in close cooperation with GeoZS (Slovenia), GEUS (Denmark and Greenland), and LNEG (Portugal), and with the technical and scientific assistance of African Geological Surveys.


WP-G aims to fulfil the overall objective of the Action, especially by,

  • Indirectly contributing to a more sustainable management of natural resources thanks to rigorous and a sustainable management of geoscientific information.
  • Ensuring a sustainable access to and use of comprehensive geoscientific information that improves relevant institutions.
  • Ensuring activities related to SDI by including IT trainings dealing with interoperability, database management, data modelling, etc.
  • Providing IT equipment for WP-A to each training participant and thus constitutes a support to African Geological Surveys.

Favouring dialogue and networking between participants for other WPs.


Marc Urvois
Geological Survey of France (BRGM)