Unlocking access to the National Virtual Core Library with nvcl_kit

Mr Vincent Fazio1

1C.S.I.R.O., Clayton, Australia

Australia’s National Virtual Core Library (NVCL) is an online library containing mineralogy data and imagery from than one million metres of drill core rock samples from all around Australia.

Up until now this data was only available for downloading from government geologic survey websites and the AuScope Portal.

‘nvcl_kit’ is a  Python library which makes this huge dataset available to geoscience practitioners via Python’s more convenient and powerful interface.  Tools such as Jupyter notebooks can be employed to their maximum advantage to develop, demonstrate and share useful and hopefully insightful code documents.


Vincent Fazio is a Senior Software Engineer with the Informatics Platforms team within the Minerals Resources business unit at CSIRO.

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