GMG Working Groups Data

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.


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 this 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:

  • optimize processes
  • improve efficiency
  • reduce cost
  • embrace new technologies


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 made of 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 the way forward for our industry.


  • Develop a common vision for data access and usage throughout the mine cycle so that operations can advance their digital transformation initiatives safely and effectively
  • Develop guidelines and tools specific to the mining industry that will help address challenges associated with data access and usage
  • Enable a global multistakeholder community to share lessons learned, best practices and solutions to key challenges


Virtual Forum Series: Data Access and Usage

October 1 | 11am-2pm (EDT)| 5pm-8pm (CEST)| 11pm-2am (AWST)|

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Data Exchange for Mine Software (OMF)

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

Mobile Equipment Open Data

A consensus-based guideline that identifies the onboard datasets that should be openly available to equipment owners in a real-time, read-only format. Learn more

Operational Definitions and KPIs

A classification framework for operational activity in surface mining that will enable meaningful performance analysis and industry-wide comparison. Learn more


2020 Aug | Publication of Guideline for A Standardized Time Classification Framework for Mobile Equipment in Surface Mining: Operational Definitions, Time Usage Model, and Key Performance Indicators

This guideline offers recommendations for the consistent classification of surface mining operational activities, statuses, and events into standard time categories and provides a Time Usage Model, which is a visual representation of this framework. The guideline also includes recommended definitions for common industry operational key performance indicators (KPIs) for reporting asset availability and utilization.

2017 Nov | Open Mining Format V1.0 (OMF)

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.

2017 Nov | 3D Data Exchange Report

A report that identifies, based on interviews with key stakeholders, the key issues that they have in common when it comes to data exchange. 

2016 Apr | Mobile Equipment Open Data Consensus Guideline

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. 


GUIDELINE IN REVIEW – May 2020: The review period for A Standardized Time Classification Framework for Surface Mining is now closed and the final draft is circulating among GMG members within the Data Access and Usage Working Group to vote on publication. If you did not receive the vote information by email or are unsure about your company’s membership status, please contact us 

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 tuned!

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