Leveraging International Earth Science Standards to Enhance Mineral Exploration Success in British Columbia

Lead Researcher(s):  C. Smyth

Project ID:  2011-012

Key Research Organization(s):  Georeference Online Ltd.

Project Location:  British Columbia

Strategic Focus Area:  Minerals


Adherence to standards by disparate groups compiling information for a common good has been a controversial subject for centuries. However, in the computer age, it has assumed greater importance, and it is easier to demonstrate the high cost of ignoring available standards. The computer age also makes it easier for us to work with multiple standards alongside each other, if agreement cannot be reached on which standard to adopt.

This project, led by Georeference Online Ltd. and Refractions Research, with input from Geoscience BC and the British Columbia Geological Survey, aims to demonstrate how the incorporation of international earth science standards (not necessarily to the exclusion of other standards) will materially improve the science of minerals exploration in British Columbia. Specifically, the project will relate EarthResourcesML standard terminologies to a few key BC geoscience databases to demonstrate the effectiveness of using standard terminologies to improve mineral exploration in BC.

The Australian Chief Government Geologists Committee has developed the EarthResourceML Data Exchange Model. This has been developed collaboratively under the leadership of the Australian Government Geoscience Information Policy Advisory Committee as an extension of the geoscience exchange standard (GeoSciML). This data model with standard vocabularies is designed to deliver mineral data in a consistent format to appropriate web portals, such as the AuScope Discovery Portal, and facilitate transfer of the most recent data between government, industry and other organizations. The model describes Earth Resources independent of associated human activities, permitting description using mineral deposit models encompassing internationally recognized deposit classifications, mineral systems and processes. It also provides the ability to describe commodity resources formally or informally utilizing international reporting standards.