Sci.Geo.Petroleum: Global Coordination (after September, 1994)

Following the establishment of Sci.Geo.Petroleum in September 1994, an international awareness campaign was launched by the facilitators' team in conjunction with anonymous colleagues worldwide, aimed at making the communication system a mainstream asset for oil and gas staff.

The campaign focused on bringing the computer network to the attention of the petroleum community through articles in the printed media, presentations at professional meetings and corporate headquarters, and the use of electronic mail as a communication tool. The global coordination was greatly assisted by the kind cooperation of various professional associations that played a major role in promot ing the computer network through their publications, including:

The very rapid propagation of the computer network as a mainstream asset was further made possible through the support by:


"[Sci.Geo.Petroleum] will allow the rapid and timely discussion of petroleum-related issues that would normally take months or years in journals or at international conferences."
"The petroleum network is the first of its kind in the world...individuals from at least 259 organisations from 20 countries participated in [its creation]."
"Access to this petroleum R&D network on the Internet is via a public domain newsreader program that can be downloaded from the Internet and be fully functional within about 10 minutes."
"The establishment of this network probably marks a small revolution in the way open-file petroleum data are retrieved...For academic researchers, it will provide an excellent opportunity to obtain efficient feed-back from corporate staff at the cutting edge of exploration activities and thus put the academic community more in touch with industry needs...Importantly also, it will more easily expose decision-makers in the industry to the excellent research that is being accomplished in academia."
"[The] Internet's global scope should encourage communication between individuals of widely varying professional backgrounds.."
"[The Internet] doesn't just overcome international barriers. It ignores them. It lets Sydney share data with Calgary, and Dallas debate with of the hottest net resources debuted in September [1994]. Known as 'Sci.Geo.Petroleum', this newsgroup serves as a public bulletin board and news source for anyone interested in petroleum geology or geophysics." (D.Brown, Explorer Co rrespondent].
"Visit the newsgroup Sci.Geo.Petroleum. Petroleum geologists usually check in here."
"Before cruising the Net, you'll want to download two extensive resource compilations: The list of Online Resources for Earth Scientists (ORES) created by Bill Thoen of Gisnet BBS in Boulder, Colorado; [and] the Internet resources list from Scott Guthery of Schlumberger Research in Austin, Texas, available through the Sci.Geo.Petroleum newsgroup" [and here].
"The Internet is probably the most far-reaching technological innovation in the computer industry since the invention of the microchip...[Sci.Geo.Petroleum] provides an efficient means of problem-solving."
"Sci.Geo.Petroleum is being used for public announcements by numerous professional organisations, corporations, publishers and academic research centres. The group averages between 300 and 400 articles per month, tendency rising."
"This has been a highly successful initiative and the new newsgroup, sci.geo.petroleum, is very well patronised."
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Between mid 1994 and mid 1996, the NCPGG provided the coordination site for information dissemination about Sci.Geo.Petroleum via electronic mail. An automatic email answering system was set up to inform colleagues about the new communication tool across standard firewall arrangements. During this period, the NCPGG received more than 1000 enquiries from at least 36 count ries, at a rate of up to 120 per month. The countries represented were Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, the former Soviet Union, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, the U .K., USA, Venezuela, and Zambia. The majority of enquiries were from industry.


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As a result of the international team work and cooperation, Sci.Geo.Petroleum has developed into one of the most important Internet tools for oil and gas professionals. In early 1994, only a few dozen petroleum staff made regular use of news:sci.geo.geologySci.Geo.Geology out of which the early core group of news:sci.geo.petroleumSci.Geo.Petroleum facilitators emerged (6). Within the first year of its inception, Sci.Geo.Petroleum enjoyed a readership of between 11,000 and 18,000 individuals worldwide, based on independent estimates. The number of Sci.Geo.Petroleum readers continues to rise, and it is anticipated that somewhere between 30,000 and 40,000 petroleum staff and researchers will be using the computer network within the next few years. New mem bers and organisations are coming on-line daily.

(Source of independent estimates: Brian Reid, Usenet Readership Report; for current estimates see the newsgroup news:news.listsnews.lists at the start of each month.)


The Sci.Geo.Petroleum facilitators' team is indebted to numerous individuals and organisations for their outstanding support and cooperation, but in particular would like to thank the following individuals:

(post-September 1994):

(The organisational references reflect the employment situation of the various individuals at the time of their involvement with the Sci.Geo.Petroleum initiative and may no longer apply today.)