Data access

L3 data packages are available for download. These products are freely available and can be accessed and visualised through the AusSeabed portal ( ). These products (including metadata) can be accessed via the Geoscience Australia metadata catalogue- eCat ( and for the CSIRO Data Hub - CSIRO Data Access Portal (CSIRO Data Access Portal).

AusSeabed aims to make seabed mapping data available to all using FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) data principles, open technologies and communities of practice.

The FAIR principles were first drafted at an international scientific workshop in 2014, with the principles officially published in 2016 (Wilkinson et al., 2016)[1]. Since then, the principles have received worldwide recognition and been endorsed by international organisations including FORCE11, National Institutes of Health and the European Commission as an essential framework for sharing data and outputs in a way that would maximise use and reuse.

The FAIR principles are designed to:

  • support knowledge discovery and innovation both by humans and machines

  • support data and knowledge integration

  • promote sharing and reuse of data

  • be applied across multiple disciplines

  • assist in making data and metadata ‘machine readable’, supporting new discoveries through the harvest and analysis of multiple datasets and outputs.

Access notes

This data can be discovered, queried and downloaded from the AusSeabed Portal ( ) and Geoscience Australia’s eCat (Product Catalog) interface (  The AusSeabed Marine Data Portal User Guide can be found here.


[1] Wilkinson, M., Dumontier, M., Aalbersberg, I. et al. The FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship. Sci Data 3, 160018 (2016).



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