Geoshare Version 12.0

A new release of the Geoshare data exchange standard has been announced. In keeping with the organization’s softly-softly approach, changes are minor.

Geoshare is intended as ‘a public standard for the integration of computer systems and application programs used in the oil and gas industry.’ The trick is to use self-describing data, much in the way of XML, and to pipe data objects via software ‘half links’ into a virtual data bus. Geoshare is built atop of the RP66 data exchange standard, itself derived from Schlumbergsr’s DLIS format. The importance of a data exchange mechanism seems to be inversely proportional to its public visibility and Geoshare is the transport of choice for many ad-hoc and mission critical data bridges in use today.


The latest version of the standard introduces enhancements including a log trace modifier, size guidelines for zoned variables, enhanced map symbols and plot codes, clarified usage for datum names and cartographic parameters and other enhancements. By minimizing change, the Geoshare organization reduces disruption to the installed base. The new model definition can viewed at

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