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 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:
embrace new technologies
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 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
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
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 GitHubhere. Read the docs here.
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!