There is a need for a nationally recognized database structure to
ensure the application of common standards and protocols to data
management. By using a common data model and consistent quality
standards, databases can be managed by the contributing organization
on their own database servers while providing a seamless Internet
connection to the data user.
Through the support of CGKN and member agencies, version 1.0 of
the Geochemical Data Model has been developed and tested with sample
data to facilitate the discovery and evaluation of available geochemical
To ensure quality
and standards for geochemistry data are maintained, GoldTools has
been created. It is a data input tool for new and legacy information,
making it easier for the contributors to share their information
with each other and the user. Based on an existing laboratory information
management system (LIMS).
support of a Stewardship policy to ensure the longevity of this
initiative across the country.
Development of this initiative continues. With more provincial and
territorial agencies intending to collaborate on this initiative,
the information available through this single access window will
grow. Users will be able to query a single data source for their
geochemistry needs, confident in the quality and consistency of
information. Additionally, industry and other groups are showing
a strong interest in the development of such a unique research tool.