In 1997 AMIRA International was approached by Dr Peter Laznicka to undertake custodianship of the Data Metallogenica collection for the benefit of the minerals industry. In early 1999 funding was secured from companies, institutions and the South Australian government under the auspices of AMIRA as Project P554 Data Metallogenica. A joint venture was formed with the Australian Mineral Foundation (AMF) in Adelaide as an appropriate industry association responsible for continuing education, training and information management in the minerals industry. In mid-1999 the collection and the Laznicka family moved to Adelaide and the Data Metallogenica Centre was established close to the AMF Headquarters building. The AMF ceased operation in December 2001 and AMIRA International assumed full control of Data Metallogenica. It is now secure and available to the industry both as the physical collection in Adelaide and via the web through payment of a modest subscription.

In addition to establishing the DM Centre, P554 produced on time and within budget:

  • a Data Metallogenica web site with searchable subscriber database containing 20,000 files (2.5 gigabytes of data).

  • digital images of all Lithotheque sample sets (3,000) and 1,200 single samples;

  • 7,500 new Lithotheque mini-samples (North America 7%, Southern Africa 20%, South America 30%, Australia 43%) and a large number of Macrotheque hand specimens, in addition to the original collection;

  • geocoding of all Lithotheque sample sets;

  • 5,500 interpreted (PIMA-II) reflectance measurements of all porphyry-epithermal samples in DM, plus selected VMS, SEDEX, FeOx-Cu-Au;

  • description sheets ("Legends") to accompany all new Lithotheque sets and significant revision of most older sheets;

  • major curation of the collections and support data;

  • a stand-alone searchable image catalogue;

  • a demonstration CD-ROM with extensive data examples;
  • 140 new thin sections.

Project P554A commenced in December 2002 and ran for two years. Its primary goal was to add significant additional depth and breadth to deposit information accompanying the sample sets, while still further expanding the physical collection.

Much of this new information was unique, being contributed by companies and individuals. It included hundreds of data galleries of plan and map data and annotated field and petrographic photogalleries, as well as over 600 bibliographies and deposit descriptions. Samples from important missing deposits were added through collection and donation, particularly from Europe and Australia. All new plate-sets were photographed and over 3,500 further selected individual samples from new and historical holdings were imaged at highest resolution.

Click here to view some example data.

Click here for more information on DM sponsorship.

For further information please contact Dr. Alan Goode