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Basis for layer groupings of commodities in Data Specification on Mineral Resources – Technical Guidelines (section 11.3.2)

In section 11.3.2 Styles for the layer MR. Mineral Occurrence of  the Data Specification on Mineral Resources – Technical Guidelines we have a table of layer types  like:

Layer Type Layer Title
MR.CommodityBaseMetals Base Metals
MR.CommodityIronMetals Iron and ferro-alloy metals
MR.CommodityRareMetals Speciality and Rare metals
MR.CommodityEnergy EnergeticMetalsOrMinerals
MR.CommodityPreciousMetals Precious Metals
MR.CommodityPreciousGemstones Precious and semi-precious gemstones
MR.CommodityChemicalUse Mineral for chemical use
MR.CommodityCeramic Ceramic and refractory minerals
MR.CommodityFertilizerMinerals Fertilizer minerals
MR.CommodityBuildingMaterials Building raw materials, dimension stones
MR.CommodityIndustrialMinerals Speciality and other industrial rocks and minerals

 

In the INSPIRE registry we have the Commodity Code (http://inspire.ec.europa.eu/codelist/CommodityCodeValue)  which defines a hierarchy of terms, such that for example with base metal (http://inspire.ec.europa.eu/codelist/CommodityCodeValue/baseMetal) we have 

http://inspire.ec.europa.eu/codelist/CommodityCodeValue/copper
http://inspire.ec.europa.eu/codelist/CommodityCodeValue/cobalt
http://inspire.ec.europa.eu/codelist/CommodityCodeValue/lead
http://inspire.ec.europa.eu/codelist/CommodityCodeValue/nickel
http://inspire.ec.europa.eu/codelist/CommodityCodeValue/zinc

 

However if we look at section 11.3.2.1 Styles for the layer MR. Mineral Occurrence – Commodity Base Metals  we see that a few discrepancies.  

First off there are two colours for Copper 

Next Aluminium is listed here (but in the code list just classed as a child concept of metalhttp://inspire.ec.europa.eu/codelist/CommodityCodeValue/metal)

Cobalt and Nickel are missing (so it might be that one of the 'copper' colours is intended to be cobalt, however note that Cobalt/Nickel makes an appearance elsewhere...

ferrous metal http://inspire.ec.europa.eu/codelist/CommodityCodeValue/ferrousMetal gives us chromium, Iron, manganese, and vanadium (as per the black triangles above) but also gives us titanium which is not represented above.

Tungsten, Molybdenum and Niobium are listed under metal http://inspire.ec.europa.eu/codelist/CommodityCodeValue/metal

Same point for the division of Gemstones into Precious and Semi-Precious in section 11.3.2.6.

The INSPIRE Commodity Code list gives us only gemstone  http://inspire.ec.europa.eu/codelist/CommodityCodeValue/gemstone

 

I looked at the Agreed changes to the INSPIRE Technical Documentation for “D2.8.III.21 INSPIRE Data Specification on Mineral Resources –Technical Guidelines” version 3.0 document and the INSPIRE_MIG_Mineral4EU_codelist.xlsx document but didn't see any changes to the code list.

I looked too at the Minerals4EU portal (http://minerals4eu.brgm-rec.fr/minerals4EU/) and I see for Base metals, yet another listing:

No aluminium, cobalt or nickel included, but this time with the addition of tin.

So the question is what code list is the basis of the division of commodity types in the technical guidance as it doesn't appear to be the INSPIRE registry for Commodity Code?

UPDATE

I've just noticed that the definition of the http://inspire.ec.europa.eu/codelist/EndusePotentialValue/ codelist appears to be the source of the groupings in the TG, so http://inspire.ec.europa.eu/codelist/EndusePotentialValue/baseMetals gives us a definition Mineral occurrences including Aluminium; Copper; Lead; Lead + Zinc; Tin; Zinc and http://inspire.ec.europa.eu/codelist/EndusePotentialValue/ironFerroalloyMetals gives us a definition of Mineral occurrences including Cobalt; Chromium; Iron; Manganese; Molybdenum; Niobium; Nickel; Vanadium; Tungsten.

So I can see where they came from, but there's still no definitive list

 

 

 

  • Marleen Van Damme

    By Marleen Van Damme

    What is the current status ?

    As far as I can see the Agreed changes to the INSPIRE Technical Documentation for “D2.8.III.21 INSPIRE Data Specification on Mineral Resources –Technical Guidelines” version 3.0 document and the INSPIRE_MIG_Mineral4EU_codelist.xlsx document are still not implemented in the http://inspire.ec.europa.eu/codelist

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