Software development company Geosoft has launched the Botswana Geoscience Portal - a partnership initiative with the Botswana Geoscience Institute and industry sponsors.

Developed and hosted by Geosoft, the portal provides free access to multi-disciplinary datasets from Ngamiland, a district in the country’s northwest.

The geoscience portal aims to help Botswana attract new investment in resource exploration, improve transparency and stimulate collaboration between government, industry and the public to advance understanding of the economic and social needs of the North-West district.

“Making geoscientific data more accessible and transparent is critical to furthering understanding of the North-West district, and encouraging new investment in resource exploration within Africa. The portal is a welcome development that will assist us in promoting ongoing, productive collaboration between government and industry,” says Botswana Geoscience Institute CEO Tiyapo Hudson Ngwisanyi.

“Geosoft is excited to be part of an initiative that demonstrates how government and industry can work together to encourage mineral exploration investment and thus downstream economic growth in the country,” says Tim Dobush, CEO of Geosoft.

“We are continually engaging with government organizations like the Botswana Geoscience Institute and industry leaders to innovate, and maximize the value of geoscience data for resource discovery and to meet the social/economic needs of the broader public sector.”

Data available on the Botswana Geoscience Portal includes airborne geophysics, ground geophysics and geochemistry.

Future updates will provide access to borehole data, remote sensing, seismic surveys and information products including interpretations and 3D models.

The portal is accessible online at: https://geoscienceportal.geosoft.com/Botswana/search.