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PDAC launches new guidelines to improve mineral discovery rates

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World Fertilizer,

The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) has announced that it has launched the Exploration Assessment Digital Data Formats (EADDF) guidelines – a practice that it expects will improve discovery rates of mineral exploration in Canada.

PDAC claims that the guidelines propose a uniform national standard for digital data submission for jurisdictional mine recording offices.

The Chair of the PDAC Geoscience Committee, Charles Beaudry, said: “The idea behind the guidelines is to have a consistent digital format for submitting assessment data that will greatly facilitate compiling historical exploration results.”

Mining companies and prospectors produce significant amounts of geoscience data with results submitted to jurisdictions as assessment reports to maintain tenure on properties. Data is often produced in digital format, but is then usually submitted as a PDF file, or even on paper.

Although every Canadian jurisdiction has its own formatting requirements, there are few for data submitted in digital form. PDAC has observed the opportunity to include basic survey information and metadata with digital results.

Beaudry added: “The EADDF guidelines are very simple in structure and can easily be implemented in any jurisdiction, even those that currently require digital data because it will augment its usability.”

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