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The Interactive Map of Mining Data:
A Constantly Evolving Tool

Caroline Thorn, Ministère des Ressources naturelles

The new interactive map of mining data was created in November 2012. Its purpose was to make basic geological and mining data more accessible to a broader client base. A paper was published in the Québec Mines Newsletter in February 2013, describing the map.

Since then, the SIGEOM steering team has continued to enrich the map’s content and improve its functionalities. Thanks to your comments, we have been able to adjust some of its components and transform it into a tool that better addresses your needs. Below are the main innovations and improvements introduced so far, along with a preview of some of the aspects we intend to develop in the coming months.

New data

Some new data layers have been added in recent months. Among other things, you now have access to the indexed report survey areas in the SIGEOM-Examine geoscientific library holding (surveys). We have cut them into four layers, so as to maintain an acceptable display time and avoid too many overlays.

Morpho-sedimentological zone data for the following map sectors have also been added: 24H, 21E, 21L, 31H and 31I.
A new icon () allows you to consult the outstanding geological sites in Québec, as listed by Géologie Québec.

More data, and a constant concern for integrity

More data are constantly being added to the interactive map. In the last year, more than 5,000 new drilling sites, 160 new indicators, deposits and ore bodies and more than 700 public documents have been indexed and scanned into SIGEOM-Examine (surveys).

Geophysical data coverage (vertical gradient and magnetic field) has also been extended. It now includes the sectors south-west of Fermont, the Churchill Province and others.

The interactive map displays data in real time, meaning that you are able to take immediate advantage of the many updates made to ensure the integrity of our data (see the paper entitled Notions of Integrity in Geological Compilation, published in the June 2013 Québec Mines newsletter).

Sharing a map

As of the end of December 2013, it is now possible to share a map with other users. You have three choices when you click on the Share button:

*  The heading and menu are not displayed, so that the map easier to integrate.

In the coming months

To help you make the most of SIGEOM, we are going to provide a link between the classical search function (via SIGEOM on the map) and the interactive map. As a result, in a few weeks’ time you will be able to display every localized element obtained in the results of a SIGEOM search on the interactive map.

In addition, we are planning to add the following layers:

For additional details, visit the interactive map Website.
Your comments are important to us, so please do not hesitate to send them to: service.mines@mern.gouv.qc.ca.

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