GNS Science and its GeoNet program, New Zealand’s leading geoscience and data provider, has become the first organization in the country to publish its research datasets to the Open Data Registry on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

It does this using the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Open Data Sponsorship Program. This program covers the cost of storing publicly available cloud datasets to make them available for analysis on AWS and encourages the development of communities that can benefit from shared data.

This means that the entire GeoNet archive is available for download for the first time.

The GeoNet program is a geohazard monitoring service that produces data capturing earthquakes, volcanic activity, large landslides and tsunamis.

GeoNet also collects data between geohazard events, such as ambient noise tomography, which records seismic noise waves of Earth’s vibrations and enables imaging of the planet’s subsurface.

Making data freely available to researchers has been an underlying philosophy of the GeoNet program since its inception in 2001. Now its datasets are faster to download, especially for large dataset requests, and more accessible to researchers, educational institutions and the general public around the world. through the Open Data Registry on AWS, which exists to help people discover and share data.

Through the AWS Open Data Sponsorship Program, GeoNet is able to eliminate the unexpected costs associated with users downloading large datasets while providing end users with free and open access to all of its archives. This data can leverage machine learning services to improve natural disaster monitoring that benefits the wider global community.

“Machine learning is opening up new avenues of research all over the world. Enabling access to our vast fundamental geohazards datasets and helping users move their computation to the cloud is a key step due to faster and easier access to information,” says Jonathan Hanson, Chief GeoNet data, GNS Science.

“Being part of the AWS Open Data Sponsorship Program is a great opportunity for us to boldly move forward, supporting research that could have far-reaching dividends, like training algorithms to detect currently unknown trends. that could potentially predict future events.”

Calum Chamberlain, Professor of Geophysics at Victoria University of Wellington, adds: “GeoNet’s high-quality seismic data is at the heart of research projects around the world. By making their data freely available, GeoNet will help researchers apply cutting-edge methods. to long-duration seismic datasets and develop a better understanding of seismic processes.”

“Personally, having cloud access to seismic data from GeoNet has helped me work on problems of long-term earthquake interaction and aftershock prediction.”

Tim Dacombe-Bird, Country Manager for Public Sector, AWS New Zealand, notes, “Datasets are growing exponentially and require technology systems that can easily scale to deliver fast, valuable and actionable data insights. It’s great to see organizations like GNS taking advantage of the cloud and making their valuable data freely accessible. We hope other organizations will also see value in joining the AWS Open Data Referral Program.