Glossary

Aquifer
 

An underground layer of water-bearing permeable rock, rock fractures or unconsolidated materials (gravel, sand, or silt).  May be confined between layers (for example clay) or unconfined.  Reference : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquifer

Bore

 Vertical hole drilled into the ground to access the groundwater / water table.

Data Loggers

Electronic device which records measurements electronically over time.  In groundwater investigations, they can be fully submersible, and when calibrated with barometric loggers (which measure the atmosphere pressure), these devices can indicate the height of the standing water level in the groundwater / aquifer.

DEM

Digital Elevation model.
A 3 dimensional computer graphical representation of the earths surface. Reference : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_elevation_model

DPI

Department of Primary Industries.  Now known as the Austrlian Government Departmenr of Agriculture and Water Resources.  For more information:http://www.agriculture.gov.au

DSE

The Department of Sustainability and Environment was a state government department that managed water resources, climate change, bushfires, public land, forests and eco systems in the state of Victoria, Australia. The DSE is now under the branch name The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DEWLP) found at delwp.vic.gov.au

EPA

Environmental Protection Authority Victoria. For more information : http://www.epa.vic.gov.au
 

Federate  

To join together, to form a federation.

FFSR

The Future Farming Systems Research (FFSR) bore database. For more information:
http://www.vvg.org.au/cb_pages/ffsr_bore_database.php

GEDIS

The Geological Exploration and Development Information System (GEDIS). For more information : http://beta.vvg.org.au/cb_pages/gedis.php

Geospatial  

Geological (study of rocks) application of Spatial data.

Geovisualisations  

Geovisualization or Geovisualisation, short for Geographic Visualization, refers to a set of tools and techniques supporting the analysis of geospatial data through the use of interactive visualization.  Reference : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geovisualization

GMS

Groundwater Management System.  This has been replaced by The Victorian Water Measurement Information System (WMIS) For more information click here.

Groundwater  

Water held underground in the soil, in pores and/or crevices in rock

hydrostratigraphic  

Rock layers containing or  related to groundwater
 

Interoperability

The Ability of computer systems or software to exchange and make use of information.  i.e. 'interoperability between devices made by different maufacturers'

Lithological   

Physical characteristics in relation to rock or rock types

Metadata  

Data (Information) that provides information about other data. 3 types exist : descriptive (identifies a resource i.e. title, abstract, author etc), structural (describes how pages form chapters etc) and administrative (who, when and how a file was created).  reference : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metadata

NR Canada

Natural Resources Canada. For more information:https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/home

Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)

The  Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is an international not for profit organization committed to making quality open standards for the global geospatial community. These standards are made through a consensus process and are freely available for anyone to use to improve sharing of the world's geospatial data. Reference : http://www.opengeospatial.org

Salinity  

The amount of salt (ionic compounds, not necessarily 'table salt' or sodium chloride) found within water. The 'saltiness' of water.
 

Spatial  

Spatial information is the digital connection between location, people and activities. This information can graphically (use picture representation) illustrate what is happening (where, how and why) to show the insight and impact of the past, the present and the (likely) future.  The knowledge produced by spatial information is fundamental to the lives of every Australian and New Zealander.  It ends with a map. Reference  : http://www.crcsi.com.au/about/what-is-spatial-information
 

SQL

Structured Query Language.  Used in computer programming in conjunction with managing data. For more information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SQL

SRW

Southern Rural Water. For more information : http://www.srw.com.au

Stratigraphic   

 In relation to layers of different rock types

Telemetered Data 

An automated communications process by which measurements etc are collected at remote sites and transmitted to receiving equipment for monitoring. Reference : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telemetry

UB

University of Ballarat.  Now known as Federation University. For more information: http://federation.edu.au

WMIS

The Victorian Water Measurement Information System (WMIS). For more information: http://www.vvg.org.au/cb_pages/wmis.php
 

Water table

An unconfined aquifer(body of water) which is  below the ground surface. Lakes, rivers etc. are examples of the water table is visible.