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Spring 2018

EADDF guidelines from PDAC 
The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s Exploration Assessment Digital Data Formats (EADDF) project outlines a standard set of guidelines for the submittal of data in a digital format. The guidelines hope to streamline digital data submission on a national scale.

Without exploration success, there’ll be no discoveries of deposits, some of which eventually become the mines of tomorrow. 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 many 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 geoscience data can positively impact discovery rates. Canadian jurisdictions have a wide range of requirements 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.


Spring 2018 News:
• Benefits growing with Nunavut’s new mining industry 
• First Nations business alliance in Hornpayne
• Massive year-end fire at Kenora Forest Products mill
• Forest sector welcomes Clean Growth Program
• Battery research could triple range of electric vehicles
• UDMN member reaches commercial success
• EADDF guidelines from PDAC
• Agnico Eagle to purchase Canadian Malartic Corp.’s exploration assets
• Record year for Kirkland Lake Gold
• First Mining announces major changes
• Tolko Woodlands certified to SFI standards
• FPAC welcomes CPTPP
• Mountain Province to acquire Kennady Diamonds in friendly takeover
• Budget 2018 helps forest sector priorities in three areas
• FPAC and Earth Rangers announce Living Forests Initiative  

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