The AGC in association with the Australian Geoscience Information Association (AGIA) has established the Lee Parkin Grant to provide assistance for projects furthering research into geoscience information and data management in Australia.
The Grant of up to $2500 is open to members of AGC affiliated organisations, including AIG, who are Australian residents engaged in the practice or study of geoscience information and data management.
The AGIA grant was established in 2020 with funds made available from the closure of AGIA, after more than 40 years of professional service and networking for the geoscience information community. The membership comprised a mixture of geologists, librarians and others interested in geoscience information.
Lee Parkin obtained a degree in Geology from the University of Adelaide with further degrees in Mining Engineering at the South Australian School of Mines and later at the Broken Hill Technical College. He joined the South Australian Department of Mines in 1950 and spent much of the rest of his professional career with the department moving up to Chief Geologist, Deputy Director of Mines and ultimately Director of Mines before resigning to take up the position of inaugural Director of the new Australian Mineral Foundation (AMF) in January 1972.
As Director of AMF he developed and implemented the Foundation’s highly successful programme of continuing education through its innovative workshop course model and through seminars and conferences. His leadership and vision in accepting the creation, development and management by AMF of the Australian Earth Sciences Information System (AESIS), and the Australian Thesaurus of Earth Sciences and Related Terms, notwithstanding the tentative environment of the times, made these two undertakings possible. His personal subject knowledge and prodigious work ethic sustained these projects through most of their lifetime. His major contribution to geoscience information in Australia remains his marathon feat of indexing some 60,000 of the 200,000 records in AESIS, and his reviews of over 2500 books for AMF’s Informative Book Review Programme, plus his major part in the compilation of the Australian Thesaurus of Earth Sciences and Related Terms.
Lee Parkin chaired the inaugural meeting at which AGIA was formally created on 23 August 1976 during the 25th International Geological Congress in Sydney, and in 1991 was made AGIA’s first Life Member.
The Grant will provide financial assistance for projects that have one or more of the following objectives:
The total value of the grant will be an up-front payment of up to a total of $2500 per year, to be awarded in full to one applicant, or in part to multiple applicants.
The Grant is open to members of AGC affiliated organisations who are Australian residents engaged in the practice or study of geoscience information and data management. Information and data management is the range of activities, which ensure long-term access to geoscience data & information in a usable form, and includes the selection, storage, organisation, preservation and provision of ongoing access to data & information, and the development of technology, practices and standards related to these activities.
Current Grant Administrators/Selection Panel are ineligible to apply.
Applications are made via email addressing the content listed below:
Entries are to be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm AEDT Friday 19 November 2021.