Minerals, markets and open access

Mitchell, Clive ORCID: 2014 Minerals, markets and open access. [Lecture] In: The Second International Forum for Industrial Rocks and Construction Materials 2014, Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, 3-6 Feb 2014. British Geological Survey. (Unpublished)

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Minerals, Markets and Open Access Clive Mitchell, Industrial Minerals Specialist, British Geological Survey, Nottingham, UK Email: The British Geological Survey (BGS) is a world-leading geological survey that focuses on public-good science for government and research to understand earth and environmental processes. The BGS is the UK provider of spatial and statistical minerals information, in addition it carries out research in areas such as metallogenesis, land-use impacts of mineral extraction and geomaterials such as building stones. The traditional ‘A to Z’ inventory of mineral resources is no longer sufficient for the UK minerals industry and its stakeholders. In its place is a ‘minerals for markets’ approach, whereby emphasis is placed on minerals that are in demand by indigenous industries and those that may be exported. As a consequence, BGS minerals geologists require a detailed understanding of the extraction, processing, end use specifications, consumers, producers, markets and trade for minerals. Modern day BGS minerals information is founded on the contiguous digital geological map coverage of the UK. Knowledge of the geology of mineral resources is used to populate a Minerals Information Database (MOD) and to create Geographical Information System (GIS) based mineral resource maps. This spatial information is used by planners, decision makers and producers to identify areas where mineral extraction may take place that does not conflict with other land-uses and environmental designations. All minerals information reports produced by the BGS are provided free of charge via its Centre for Sustainable Mineral Development web portal, This website has a wealth of information on mineral resources, mineral planning, policy and legislation, sustainable development, statistics and exploration. This is made freely available in the spirit of Open Access. Such information is used by Government, industry and the wider BGS stakeholders to the benefit of UK PLC.

Item Type: Publication - Conference Item (Lecture)
Additional Keywords: Minerals; "Open Access";
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 11 Feb 2014 13:45 +0 (UTC)

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