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Elsevier Joins The Open Group OSDU™ Forum to Accelerate Data Standardization and Digital Transformation in the Energy Industry

New York | September 13, 2022

Elsevier’s Geofacets and data science expertise will help drive energy transition projects and support the shift to renewable energy sources

Elsevier, a leader in global information analytics, has joined The Open Group OSDUTM Forum. Elsevier’s Geofacets solution for the energy sector will align with the shared open-source data standards of the OSDU Data Platform. OSDU Forum members who use Geofacets will be able to accelerate the transformation of data to the Platform with automated translation tools and apply Geofacets’ geospatial intelligence to search and discover a wide range of OSDU data. Proprietary and external data will become discoverable alongside Elsevier’s high-quality scientific data. This unlocks value from subsurface data sourced from legacy projects, as well as newer sources, including wind, geothermal and carbon capture projects, improving efficiency and simplifying collaboration.

“Our commitment at Elsevier is to support the energy transition by helping companies to accelerate their data and digital transformations. Unlocking valuable insights from rich legacy and new data, alongside published scientific literature, will ensure geoscientists spend less time searching for and formatting data, and more time pursuing energy transition and renewables projects,” commented Bryan Davies, VP Engineering Division, Elsevier. “We are also focused on sustainability as a company and have committed to becoming net zero by 2040.”

Today, geoscience information is increasing significantly in volume and is typically stored in multiple repositories, different business units, and in varying formats – for example, graphs, well logs, photos, seismic profiles, and stratigraphic columns. Efficient and robust data management is essential in supporting the energy industry to manage risk and strengthen data-driven decisions. Shared data standards such as those employed by the OSDU Data Platform create an ecosystem that lessens data siloes and supports inventive digital solutions. Standards are particularly important in accelerating and supporting sustainable exploration of critical minerals and precious metals needed for battery production, as battery production increases to support continued electrification.

“Whether it’s identifying new locations suitable for carbon storage, or optimal sites for wind and solar farms, researchers need seamless access to data to accelerate decision making, reduce costs and minimise any negative impact on the environment. By joining the OSDU Forum, we can work with our peers in the sector to ensure that companies can better utilize their data and continue innovating throughout their energy transition projects,” said Gilad Hoshen, Senior Director, Head of Industry Solutions, Elsevier.

“We are delighted to see Elsevier join the OSDU Forum,” said Dennis Stevens, OSDU Forum Program Director, The Open Group. “By embracing a common architectural design, the industry can keep pace with digitalisation and the evolving needs of the market as it shifts towards energy transition projects. Elsevier’s contributions will help to accelerate innovation through the integration of digital technologies and open standards, supporting us in moving towards a more collaborative and data-driven industry.”


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About The Open Group

The Open Group is a global consortium that enables the achievement of business objectives through technology standards. Our diverse membership of more than 870 organizations includes customers, systems and solutions suppliers, tool vendors, integrators, academics, and consultants across multiple industries. Further information on The Open Group can be found at in new tab/window).

About The Open Group OSDU Forum

The Open Group OSDU™ Forum enables the Energy industry to develop transformational technology to support the world's changing Energy needs. The OSDU Forum is available to all energy stakeholders including application developers, service operators, technology providers, software companies, academia, and more. More information on the OSDU Forum can be found here(opens in new tab/window).

About Elsevier

As a global leader in information and analytics, Elsevier helps researchers and healthcare professionals advance science and improve health outcomes for the benefit of society. We do this by facilitating insights and critical decision-making for customers across the global research and health ecosystems. In everything we publish, we uphold the highest standards of quality and integrity. We bring that same rigor to our information analytics solutions for researchers, academic leaders, funders, R&D-intensive corporations, doctors, and nurses.  

Elsevier employs 9,000 people worldwide, including over 2,500 technologists. We have supported the work of our research and health partners for more than 140 years. Growing from our roots in publishing, we offer knowledge and valuable analytics that help our users make breakthroughs and drive societal progress. Digital solutions such as ScienceDirect,  Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath support strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, medical education, and nursing education. Researchers and healthcare professionals rely on over 2,800 journals, including The Lancet(opens in new tab/window) and Cell(opens in new tab/window); 46,000+ eBook titles; and iconic reference works, such as Gray's Anatomy. With the Elsevier Foundation(opens in new tab/window) and our external Inclusion & Diversity Advisory Board, we work in partnership with diverse stakeholders to advance inclusion and diversity in science, research and healthcare in developing countries and around the world. 

Elsevier is part of RELX(opens in new tab/window), a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers.


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