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Launch of new practice to help Canadian mining industry with data collection

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Global Mining Review,

The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) is gearing up to launch the Exploration Assessment Digital Data Formats (EADDF) guidelines, a new practice that is expected to improve discovery rates of mineral exploration in Canada.

Launch of new practice to help Canadian mining industry with data collection

The guidelines propose a uniform national standard for digital data submission for jurisdictional mine recording offices.


“The idea behind the guidelines is to have a consistent digital format for submitting assessment data that will greatly facilitate compiling historical exploration results,” explained Charles Beaudry, Chair of the PDAC Geoscience Committee.


“We believe this new format will lead to more efficient exploration resulting in more discoveries.”


Mining companies and prospectors produce vast amounts of geoscience data with results submitted to jurisdictions as assessment reports to maintain mineral tenure on properties. Data is often produced in digital format; however, it is then typically submitted as a PDF equivalent or paper document. 


While each Canadian jurisdiction has its own formatting requirements there are few for data submitted in digital form. PDAC recognised the opportunity of including basic survey information and metadata with digital results. 


“The EADDF guidelines are very simple in structure and can easily be implemented in any jurisdiction, even those that currently require digital data because it will augment its usability,” continued Beaudry.


The EADDF guidelines will be launched at Exploration 2017 in Toronto on 23 October 2017.


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