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Minerals4EU project official proposal to INSPIRE MIG to accept proposed changes to INSPIRE register code lists



The Minerals4EU Data model including the use of code lists is based on the core INSPIRE work, as agreed and written in the project Description of Work. For the additional information – not covered by the INSPIRE, several interoperability activities and projects results have been evaluated. This included mainly:

 EarthResourceML v2[1]

 IUGS/CGI Geoscience Terminology Working Group (GTWG)[2]

 results of the EuroGeoSource EU project

 results of ProMine EU project

 possible alignment with currently running EURARE EU project


Taking into account the global aspect of mineral resources (business, protection, scarcity etc.) the most important activity is the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) - Commission for Geoscience Information (CGI) work on the EarthResourceML v2 exchange data model. The model describes Earth Resources independent of associated human activities, permitting description using mineral deposit models encompassing internationally recognised deposit classifications, mineral systems and processes. EarthResourceML v1 was developed by the Australian Chief Government Geologists Committee (CCGC), but is now under the governance of the IUGS-CGI.




The strategy for agreed code lists (vocabularies) to be used by Minerals4EU partners as well as by the future EU Minerals Intelligence Network can be summarised as follows:

  1. The code lists included in the EU Regulation 1253/2013 (INSPIRE IR for Interoperability of spatial data sets and services) are the base.
  2. For the additional agreed code lists as well as individual terms the EarthResourceML v2.0 will be used. In addition, terms based on other activities e.g. the EuroGeoSource project, Mining Waste Directive, CENSUS etc. this document should be used.
  3. The improved INSPIRE definitions of code lists or individual terms elaborated by CGI-GTWG, Minerals4EU (WP5) will be submitted as a formal change request to the official INSPIRE Maintenance and Implementation Group (MIG)[3] for consideration (to be included in the INSPIRE registry). 

The changes proposed in Chapter 5 of the attached document have been added to the MIG-T corrigenda for approval or otherwise in December 2015,


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