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EarthResourceML/INSPIRE Mineral Resources data models and ERML Lite: Data Standards to Deliver Mineral Resources Data EU and Globally

Jouni vuollo, Daniel Cassard, Oliver Raymond, Michael Sexton, Mark Rattenbury and James Passmore

(Submission #181)


EarthResourceML ( is the international data model and standard for mineral resources data. EarthResourceML (ERML) was initially developed for the Australian Chief Government Geologists Committee (CGGC) but is now under the governance of the Commission for Geoscience Information (CGI), a commission of the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS). ERML/INSPIRE MR data models are the preferred standard for mineral resources data sharing initiatives and projects, such as the European Union’s INSPIRE directive, and EU-projects (Minerals4EU, ProSUM) and the Australian AuScope, and Geoscience Portal projects. The current version of ERML v2.0 was released in August 2014 and ERML v3.0 will be published before RFG2018. Current ERML v.2.0 and INSPIRE Mineral Resource data models are practically identical (INSPIRE model uses INSPIRE id). The main elements of the ERML/INSPIRE models cover mineral occurrences, mines, and mining activity. The standard describes the geological characteristics and settings of mineral occurrences, their contained commodities, and their mineral reserve, resource and endowment. It is also able to describe mineral exploration, mines and mining activities, processing/transformation activities, with the production of concentrates and refined products, and waste material characterization. ERML/INSPIRE utilises the GeoSciML v4.1 Mapped Feature model to describe spatial representations of mineral occurrences and mines, and the GeoSciML Earth Material model to describe host- and associated materials. ERML Lite v. 1.0 version was accepted and released in August 2016. The new version 2.0 of ERML Lite will be published before INSPIRE 2018 meeting. ERML Lite 2.0 delivers a user-friendly designed and simplified flat view of key elements of the full ERML/INSPIRE data models. The CGI Geoscience Terminology Working Group ( and INSPIRE code list register ( provides a range of standard vocabularies that can be used to populate ERML/INSPIRE data services. ERML Lite test service will be demonstrated at the INSPIRE meeting and data providers are from Oceania (AUSGIN and New Zealand), Europe (Minerals4EU, FODD, and Finland) and Arctic (60°- 90°) data (Nordic Countries, Russia, Alaska, and Canada).


Topic Area:  [1.1] Sustainable management of natural resources and natural capital
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional Fields

Academic:   No
Data Provider:   Yes
Data User:   Yes
INSPIRE Implementer (IT):   Yes
INSPIRE newbies:   No
Policy Officers:   No
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   No
Thematic specialists:   No

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