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EADDF guidelines

PDAC’s Exploration Assessment Digital Data Formats (EADDF) project outlines a standard set of guidelines for the submittal of data in a digital format. Industry has communicated a need for improved exploration assessment data in all jurisdictions across Canada and the EADDF guidelines hope to streamline digital data submission on a national scale.

Why do we need it?

A robust mineral exploration sector is vital to the success of Canada’s mineral industry. Without mineral exploration success, there will be no discoveries of mineral deposits, some of which eventually become the mines of tomorrow. With respect to exploration effectiveness, Canada now ranks below Australia and Canada’s return on exploration investment was only 0.77 for every dollar spent between 2005 and 2014, while Australia’s was 0.97. This question of discovery performance is a technical one.  There are a number of variables affecting the discovery performance of companies exploring in Canada, including the greater costs of exploration at depth and in remote areas. However, one key variable affecting discovery performance is the availability of geoscience information to assist with land acquisition and targeting decisions.

Improvements to the type, quality, quantity and accessibility of geoscience data available to all companies and stakeholders within the mineral exploration industry can positively impact discovery rates. Canadian jurisdictions have a wide range of requirements for prospectors, mineral exploration companies and mining corporations for submitting digital data in exchange for assessment credits.  No jurisdictions require metadata to be submitted, or specify any minimal standards for data submission such as what table and field names should be included and how metadata should be organized. For subsequent users of the assessment data, integrating data embedded in PDF files with existing exploration databases is difficult and time consuming. The EADDF guidelines, if adopted, will facilitate the submission of assessment data in digital form with hopes of improving data sharing, exploration efficiency and discovery rates.

Where do we go next?

The PDAC would like to partner with a province or territory mine recording office, who is willing to adopt the EADDF guidelines, as an assessment for viability . Please contact Anne Belanger, if interested. 

Pages from PDAC 2017_Exploration Assessment Data Digital Formats Proposal FINAL Web

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