As digital technologies transform how the mining industry works and mining operations inform their decision-making on data-driven insights, issues associated with data access and usage also become much more pressing. This group is a community of interest where mining stakeholders can collaborate to identify common practices in data management, develop data interoperability solutions and identify priorities and requirements associated with data access.
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE MINING INDUSTRY
As new technologies and systems are adopted in the mining industry, they produce a wider range of data at more granular levels. The insights derived from these new data sources could be used for critical decision-making, forecasting, trend analysis and more.
However, making use of these data is complicated and challenging, as it involves searching, defining, labelling, cleaning, collecting, filtering and modelling large data sets to identify valuable insights. Data access challenges such data ownership and intellectual property concerns and issues with data interoperability further complicate the process.
Therefore, the right data needs to be available and collected and managed effectively throughout the entire end-to-end mine cycle to
ABOUT THE WORKING GROUP
The Data Access & Usage Working Group aims to address industry challenges associated with data access and usage by identifying best practices for data management, collaborating on defining data access requirements and priorities, and developing data interoperability solutions. The group is a community operators, equipment and technology suppliers, subject matter experts and leaders from inside and outside the industry who come together in a safe and collaborative space to pave a way forward for our industry.
With the goal of improving 3D Data interoperability, this project group has developed the Open Mining Format (OMF), an open-source file specification to support data interchange across the entire mining community. Learn more
GMG PUBLICATIONS AND RESOURCES
An open-source serialization format and API library for 3D data interchange across the mining community. This version of OMF supports basic structures including points, lines, surfaces, meshes and volumes. Visit OMF on GitHub here. Read the docs here.
A report that identifies, based on interviews with key stakeholders, the key issues that they have in common when it comes to data exchange.
This guideline aims to create a common industry vision for the seamless access and use of mobile equipment data across the mine cycle. It identifies onboard datasets that should be openly available to equipment owners in a real-time, read-only format. It also identifies an initial list of the open data elements for onboard mobile mining equipment.
MINING INDUSTRY SURVEY IN PROGRESS. GMG will be releasing a survey to gather insight about the needs of the industry in terms of data. Stay tune!