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TitleStructure and data quality assessment of the Kimberlite Indicator and Diamond Database (KIDD)
LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorLesemann, J -E; Fuzz, C; Kjarsgaard, B AORCID logo; Russell, H A JORCID logo
SourceGeological Survey of Canada, Open File 7509, 2014, 33 pages, Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Documentopen file
Mediaon-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is related to Assessment of the structure, content, and usability of the Kimberlite Indicator and Diamond Database (KIDD)
File formatpdf
Subjectseconomic geology; surficial geology/geomorphology; kimberlites; diamond; exploration; mineral exploration; exploration methods; data base management systems; data collections; dispersal patterns; sediment dispersal; grain size analyses; Cenozoic; Quaternary
Illustrationstables; histograms; location maps
ProgramTargeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI-4) Methodological Development
Released2014 03 02
AbstractThe Kimberlite Indicator Diamond Database (KIDD) developed by Northwest Territories Geoscience Office is a relational database archiving kimberlite indicator mineral (KIM) grain counts reported within assessment reports of mining activity in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. KIDD archives four main types of sample data and metadata: 1) sample and site descriptions (general sample attributes: sample number, location, etc.); 2) information on KIM (grain count data for suites of KIM); 3) analytical information (processing techniques, processed size fractions, etc.); 4) comments (mixed array of sample site attributes, analytical information, KIM information). The completeness and accuracy of reported KIM grain counts is variable. There are KIM grain count entries for only ~34% of all archived samples. Entries for individual KIM grain counts vary between ~0.02% (diamonds) to ~16% (garnets). Despite some limitations in grain count reporting, the data contained within KIDD are of high quality and integrity: 87-100% of data reported within assessment reports are faithfully and accurately reported within KIDD. Limitations to the use of KIDD also result from irregular and non-standardized inconsistent reporting of sample weights and sampling site attributes. These limitations result not from an absence of data but from the database structure itself that does not contain proper fields for standardized reporting of these attributes. Overall, KIDD offers a useable archival dataset of high data quality. However, numerous caveats and limitations in data reporting require careful data evaluation by the user.
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
Provides an overview of a digital database developed by the NWT Geoscience office to provide digital access to indicator mineral information contained within mineral assessment reports.

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