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  Information - TM02 National Data Centers - how they can impact the country’s economy and how to manage a NDC

Event Information
National Data Centers (NDC) were established, 10 years ago, initially by governments to manage the exploration and production data in order to manage the development of its hydrocarbon resources. Over the last ten years this has been expanded to include all subsurface resources e.g. minerals, water, geoscience/geology as well as oil and gas.

This Town Hall Meeting would focus on the benefits that a country would get from better managing its subsurface resources and how to do it. The discussion would address the technical benefits like protecting the data and having ready access to the best quality data, as well as how Universities and Researches can benefit from accessing real data and making comprehensive studies. The benefits impact a broad range of activities from better understanding the water supply, how to develop a country’s natural resources, supporting the construction industry with necessary soil information,..,

The other aspect of the Town Hall meeting would be to determine how to manage the NDC. This implies that legal framework needs to be in place, the organizational structure, addressing required standards, the proper technology support to meet the demands of the data and its users, what should be in a NDC.

The Town Hall Meeting audience should consist of participants from: Computer Science, Geologists/Geoscientists, Academia and Business people (Legal, Finance, Political). It is important that the Town Hall Meeting brings together a divers set of users and decision makers that are all trying to address the management of subsurface resources from their individual perspective and not from a comprehensive point of view.

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