Nova Scotia Mineral Occurrence Database

Metadata for DP ME 002, Version 11, 2016, Nova Scotia Mineral Occurrence Database

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Identification Information

Citation Information
Title: DP ME 002, Version 11, 2016, Nova Scotia Mineral Occurrence Database
Originator: G. A. O'Reilly , G. J. Demont , J. C. Poole , B. E. Fisher
Publication Date: March 2016
Edition: 11
Data Type: vector digital data
Series: Digital Product
Issue Identification: DP ME 002
Publisher: Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, Goescince and Mines Branch
Publication Place: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Online linkage: https://novascotia.ca/natr/meb/download/dp002.asp , https://novascotia.ca/natr/meb/geoscience-online/about-database-modb.asp
Data Description
Abstract: This data set is the ArcGIS version of the Nova Scotia Mineral Occurrence Database. The data set was compiled by the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Geoscience and Mines Branch (GMB). The product contains a series of attribute tables that contain information about the various mineral occurrences present in the province of Nova Scotia. It includes information such as: types of alteration, sample analyses information, mineral commodities, coordinates, element and mineral type, mode of mineralization, NTS mapsheet information, element sampling information, stratigraphic units, types of surveys carried out and work done on the occurrence. This version of the database contains a number of modified and new mineral occurrences. The coordinates in the GIS digital product for version 9 and all subsequent versions are now in UTM zone 20 NAD83 coordinates.
Purpose: The purpose of this data set is to create a version of the mineral occurrence database that is maintained as part of the GMB GIS. It covers all of Nova Scotia.
Supplemental Information: Data Set ID = d002ns; Old Data Set ID = nsminocc; Data Class = geodb; NovaScan ID = 18534; Project ID = rfp1994
Language English
Data Credit: Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources
Data Environment ArcGIS Desktop 10.2
Native Data Set Format ESRI 10.2 file geodatabase feature classes and tables
Contact Information

Jeff Poole
Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, Mineral Resources Branch
Digital Information Services Supervisor
1701 Hollis Street, P.O. Box 698
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
B3J 2T9
(phone) 902-424-8139
(fax) (902)-424-7735
Staff Contact
Available: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. AST Monday - Friday
Time Period Information
Beginning Date: unknown
Ending Date: Present
Currentness Reference: publication date
Data Status
Progress: In work
Update Frequency: Continually
Spatial Domain
West Coordinate: -66.5
East Coordinate: -59.5
North Coordinate: 47.25
South Coordinate: 43.25

Keywords
Theme Keywords: Geologic and Geophysical ; geoscientificInformation ; metallic minerals ; industrial minerals ; regional geology ; databases ; mineral occurrences ; computer applications ; mineral inventory ; mineral occurrence database ; Downloadable Data ; 11C ; 11D ; 11F ; 11G ; 11J ; 11K ; 11N ; 20O ; 20P ; 21A ; 21B ; 21H ; Mineral Deposits (MD) ; MD Databases ; Databases (DB) ; DB Mineral Occurrences
Place Keywords: Nova Scotia
Access and Usage Information
Access Constraints: The access constraints are contained in the following License Agreement which the user must agree to before using the data. A copy of the License Agreement is included with the digital product. The License Agreement reads as follows: "For the data contained on this medium (media), or any part thereof, herein called the DATA Between the PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA as represented by the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, hereinafter referred to as DNR and the recipient of the data hereinafter called the USER For good consideration, the receipt of which is acknowledged, DNR licences the non-exclusive use of the digital DATA to the USER on the following terms and conditions. TERMS AND CONDITIONS DNR remains the owner of the DATA and is not assigning copyright privileges to the USER. The USER agrees to acknowledge DNR as the source of the DATA, if using or distributing it in its original form, whether in whole or in part, or as part of a value added product. DNR reserves the right to modify and/or update the DATA without obligations to notify the USER. The DATA is provided to the USER on an "as is" basis, without warranties of any kind, express or implied. The entire risk as to the quality and accuracy of the DATA is with the USER and the USER shall use his/her own judgment in making use of the DATA or drawing conclusions based upon it. DNR shall not be liable to the USER, his/her clients, servants, agents, contractors, assigns, or to any other person for any loss or damage of any kind including personal injury or death arising from the use of the DATA or accompanying written materials, or from errors, deficiencies or faults therein, whether such damage is caused by negligence or otherwise. If errors or omissions are found in the DATA, the USER will notify DNR. This Licence is the entire Agreement between the parties and supersedes all previous Agreements or understandings between DNR and the USER hereto, whether written or oral, in connection with or incidental to the DATA. This Licence shall be binding upon the parties hereto and each of their executors, administrators, successors and assigns and shall ensure to the benefit of such executors, administrators, successors and authorized assigns. This Licence must be included with the DATA if the USER copies, resells, or re-distributes the DATA whether in whole or in part. This Licence can be terminated by DNR at any time. Upon such termination, the USER shall refrain from using the DATA and destroy all copies and backups in the USER'S possession. This Licence is in effect once the USER reads and accepts the Terms and Conditions of this Licence. If the USER is unable or unwilling to fully comply with these terms and conditions, the USER must refrain from using the DATA. By using the DATA, the USER acknowledges that he/she was aware of the terms and conditions of this Licence when he/she accepted it, understood them, and agreed to be bound by them." A copy of the terms and conditions of the license are available with the downloaded product.
Use Constraints: Any constraints on the use of the data are contained in the above license agreement. The terms and conditions of the license accompany the downloaded digital product. A statement of some use constraints can be viewed in the technical prerequisites.
Browse Graphic Information
Filename: none
Description: none at this time
Security Information
Classification System: none
Classification: Unclassified
Handling Description: none



Data Quality Information
Positional Accuracy
Horizontal Accuracy Report: There may be positional accuracy errors in the digital data that come from the original data collection and GPs readings, plus there may be errors added by the process of digitizing some features off original maps. The entire risk as to the quality and accuracy of the data is with the user and the user shall use his/her own judgment in making use of the data or drawing conclusions from it.
Source Information
Source (1 of 1)
Title: Unpublished Nova Scotia Mineral Occurrence SQL Server Database
Originator: Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources
Data Form: tabular digital data
Other Citation: This is the DNR internal database that is maintained in SQL Server 2000 by the Resources Evaluation Section. This replaces the internal DNR version maintained in FoxPro until 2009. A version of this database is also available to be queried on the Internet at the following online linkage.This is the new on-line query application that replaces DP ME 1a and DP ME 1b.
Scale Denominator: none
Source Media: disc
Citation Abbreviation: Nova Scotia Mineral Occurrence SQL Server Database
Source Contribution: In 2009 the mineral occurence database was migrated from FoxPro to a new SQL Server application. DP ME 2, version 10 of the datbase is the last data extracted from the FoxPro application and the first used in the new SQL Server application.
Online Linkage: https://novascotia.ca/natr/meb/links/modblinks.asp
Processing Step Information
Processing Step (1 of 15)
Description: The mineral occurrence data is maintained in a FoxPro database application that is maintained and updated by the Resource Evaluation Section in the MRB Halifax Office. The data is continually updated and maintained in this application.
Software and Version: FoxPro 2.7
Date: 1996 - present
Contact Person: (see Contact Information)
Processing Step (2 of 15)
Description: In July 1997 MRB released version 1 of the digital product as DP002. It was created by taking all the DBF tables used in the FoxPro application and processing them in an an ArcInfo AML called MINOCC.AML, written by Brian Fisher, to create ArcInfo coverages. From there the data was exported to a variety of formats for distribution.
Software and Version: ArcInfo
Date: July 1997
Contact Person: (see Contact Information)
Processing Step (3 of 15)
Description: In November 1998 MRB released version 2 of the digital product as DP002. It was created by taking all the DBF tables used in the FoxPro application and processing them in an an ArcInfo AML called MINOCC.AML, written by Brian Fisher, to create ArcInfo coverages. From there the data was exported to a variety of formats for distribution.
Software and Version: ArcInfo
Date: November 1998
Contact Person: (see Contact Information)
Processing Step (4 of 15)
Description: In December 1998 MRB released version 3 of the digital product as DP002. It was created by taking all the DBF tables used in the FoxPro application and processing them in an an ArcInfo AML called MINOCC.AML, written by Brian Fisher, to create ArcInfo coverages. From there the data was exported to a variety of formats for distribution.
Software and Version: ArcInfo
Date: December 1998
Contact Person: (see Contact Information)
Processing Step (5 of 15)
Description: In October 1999 MRB released version 4 of the digital product as DP002. It was created by taking all the DBF tables used in the FoxPro application and processing them in an an ArcInfo AML called MINOCC.AML, written by Brian Fisher, to create ArcInfo coverages. From there the data was exported to a variety of formats for distribution.
Software and Version: ArcInfo
Date: October 1999
Contact Person: (see Contact Information)
Processing Step (6 of 15)
Description: In February 2002 MRB released version 5 of the digital product as DP002. It was created by taking all the DBF tables used in the FoxPro application and processing them in an an ArcInfo AML called MINOCC.AML, written by Brian Fisher, to create ArcInfo coverages. From there the data was exported to a variety of formats for distribution.
Software and Version: ArcInfo 8.1
Date: February 2002
Contact Person: (see Contact Information)
Processing Step (7 of 15)
Description: In February 2003 MRB released version 6 of the digital product as DP002. It was created by taking all the DBF tables used in the FoxPro application and processing them in an an ArcInfo AML called MINOCC.AML, written by Brian Fisher, to create ArcInfo coverages. From there the data was exported to a variety of formats for distribution. The SHP version of the digital product has the data in its original directory stucture which includes: an ArcView project, ArcExplorer projects and the mineral occurrence reports.
Software and Version: ArcInfo 8.2
Date: February 2003
Contact Person: (see Contact Information)
Processing Step (8 of 15)
Description: In June 2003 MRB released version 7 of the digital product as DP002. It was created by taking all the DBF tables used in the FoxPro application and processing them in an an ArcInfo AML called MINOCC.AML, written by Brian Fisher, to create ArcInfo coverages. From there the data was exported to a variety of formats for distribution. The SHP version of the digital product has the data in its original directory stucture which includes: an ArcView project, ArcExplorer projects and the mineral occurrence reports.
Software and Version: ArcInfo workstation 8.3
Date: June 18, 2003
Contact Person: (see Contact Information)
Processing Step (9 of 15)
Description: On September 14, 2005 MRB released version 8 of the digital product as DP002. This version contains a number of new occurrences including updates for occurrences in the TGI-2 area around maps sheets 11E/06 and 11E/07. It was created by taking all the DBF tables used in the FoxPro application and processing them in an an ArcInfo AML called MINOCC.AML, written by Brian Fisher, to create ArcInfo coverages. From there the data was exported to a variety of formats for distribution. The SHP version of the digital product has the data in its original directory stucture which includes: an ArcView project, ArcExplorer projects and the mineral occurrence reports.
Software and Version: ArcInfo workstation 8.3
Date: September 8, 2005
Contact Person: (see Contact Information)
Processing Step (10 of 15)
Description: In December 2006 the mineral occurrence database coordinates were changed from UTM zone 20 NAD27 to UTM zone NAD83 in the GIS versionof the database. The original data collection is still being maintained in NAD27 in the FoxPro database. There were no other changes to the records in the database database The name of the shapefile was also changed from NSMINOCC.SHP to D002NSMO.SHP to fit with MRB's standard naming convention.
Software and Version: ArcView 3.2a
Date: December 20, 2005
Contact Person: (see Contact Information)
Processing Step (11 of 15)
Description: In August 2006 MRB released version 9 of the digital product as DP002. This version contains a number of new occurrences and modifications to existing occurrences. This is the first version which is released in UTM zone 20 NAD83 coordinates. This new version was processed on July 23, 2006 by Brian Fisher, running the MINOCC.AML program, using new FoxPro database files provided by George O'Reilly. The digital product was released in August 2006.
Software and Version: ArcInfo 9.1
Date: July 23, 2006
Contact Person: (see Contact Information)
Processing Step (12 of 15)
Description: The .PRJ file was updated to reflect the actualy datum we are using NAD83 CSRS98. This was done by coping a new .PRJ file into the directory with the shapefile. No changes were made to the shapefile itself. The old shapefile was copied to a file called *.prj_old.
Software and Version: none
Date: December 17, 2008
Contact Person: (see Contact Information)
Processing Step (13 of 15)
Description: In 2009 the mineral occurence database was migrated from FoxPro to a new SQL Server application. This work was done under the direction of George O'Reillly and the GIS staff including Davis Sun and Jeff Poole. DP ME 2, version 10 of the database is the last data extracted from the FoxPro application and the first used in the new SQL Server application. The new application will replace digital products DP ME 1a and 1b. The new application can be accessed for querying through the Internet web site at https://novascotia.ca/natr/meb/modbsearch.htm
Software and Version: SQL Server 2000
Date: January 2009
Contact Person: (see Contact Information)
Processing Step (14 of 15)
Description: Version 10 of the Mineral Occurrence Database was released in March 2009.
Software and Version: ArcView 9.3
Date: March 2009
Contact Person: (see Contact Information)
Processing Step (15 of 15)
Description: DP ME 002, version 11 was extracted from the SQL Server 2008 MODB database on February 26, 2016 and processed in ArcGIS Desktop 10.2 in early March, 2016
Software and Version: ArcGIS Destop 10.2 and SQL Server 2008
Date: March, 2016


Spatial Data Organization Information

Spatial Reference Method: Point


Spatial Reference Information

Data Projection: Universal Transverse Mercator
Zone: 20
Scale Factor at Central Meridian: 0.9996
Longitude at Central Meridian: -63.0
Latitude of Projection Origin: 0
False Easting: 500000
False Northing: 0
Geographic Coordinate System: GSC_North_American_1983_CSRS98
Projected Coordinate System: NAD_1983_CSRS98_UTM_Zone_20N
Datum: D_North_American_1983_CSRS98
Ellipsoid: Geodetic Reference System 80
Semi-Major Axis: 6378137.0
Denominator Of Flattening Axis: 298.257222



Entity Attribute Information

Overview Description
Dataset Overview: The data set consists a two point feature classes and associate tables in an ESRI 10.2 file geodatabase . The shapefile (SHP) and KML\KMZ downloadable products contain the equivalent files indicated below.
Detailed Description
Data Layer/Table (1 of 10)
Table Name: d002ns_mineral_occurrences.gdb ... d002nsmo_mineral_occurrences, d002nsmo.shp, d002nsmo.kmz
Description: ESRI file geodatabase points feature class - mineral occurrences
Data Layer/Table (2 of 10)
Table Name: d002ns_mineral_occurrences.gdb ... d002nscl_geochemical_sample_locations, d002nscl.shp, d002nscl.kmz
Description: ESRI file geodatabase points feature class - geochemical samplle locations
Data Layer/Table (3 of 10)
Table Name: d002ns_mineral_occurrences.gdb ...ALTERATION, ALTERATION.dbf
Description: types of alteration
Data Layer/Table (4 of 10)
Table Name: d002ns_mineral_occurrences.gdb ... ANALYSES, ANALYSES.dbf
Description: analytical values for rock samples
Data Layer/Table (5 of 10)
Table Name: d002ns_mineral_occurrences.gdb ... COMM, COMM.dbf
Description: commodities and their priority
Data Layer/Table (6 of 10)
Table Name: d002ns_mineral_occurrences.gdb ... MINERAL_Table, MINERAL_Table.dbf
Description: minerals noted in the occurrence and their priority
Data Layer/Table (7 of 10)
Table Name: d002ns_mineral_occurrences.gdb ... MODE, MODE.dbf
Description: mode of mineralization
Data Layer/Table (8 of 10)
Table Name: d002ns_mineral_occurrences.gdb ... SAMPLE, SAMPLE.dbf
Description: samples sent for analyses
Data Layer/Table (9 of 10)
Table Name: d002ns_mineral_occurrences.gdb ... STRAT, STRAT.dbf
Description: stratigraphic units, age and host rock associated with the occurrence
Data Layer/Table (10 of 10)
Table Name: d002ns_mineral_occurrences.gdb ... SURVEYS, SURVEYS.dbf
Description: types of surveys conducted at an occurrence


Distribution Information

Description: Downloadable Data
Digital Custom Order Process: Digital Product Number = DP ME 002
Available: since August 2006
Liability: The DATA is provided to the USER on an "as is" basis, without warranties of any kind, express or implied. The entire risk as to the quality and accuracy of the DATA is with the USER and the USER shall use his/her own judgment in making use of the DATA or drawing conclusions based upon it. DNR shall not be liable to the USER, his/her clients, servants, agents, contractors, assigns, or to any other person for any loss or damage of any kind including personal injury or death arising from the use of the DATA or accompanying written materials, or from errors, deficiencies or faults therein, whether such damage is caused by negligence or otherwise. If errors or omissions are found in the DATA, the USER will notify DNR. The terms and conditions of the license accompany the downloaded digital product.
Technical Prerequisite: In order to view this dataset, mapping software is required (eg. ArcMap, MapInfo, QGIS). If you do not have this software, ESRI provides a free map viewer called ArcGIS Explorer, which you can download over the Internet. This viewer works with file geodatabases and SHP files.
Ordering Fee: Free
Instructions: The data set can be downloaded over the Internet.
Distribution Contact:
see contact information
Digital Form: (1 of 4)
format name: ArcGIS File Geodatabase (FGDB)
format version: 10.2
format specification: dp002v11gb_ex.zip , dp002v11gb_rz.zip
Transfer Size: 1.6 MB
Dataset Size: 13 MB
Information Content: Contains data consisting of the mineral occurrence information for the province of Nova Scotia
Decompression Technique: The [dp_name]_ex.zip file contains an EXE which is a Windows OS self-extracting ZIP archive file. All extracted files will go to a c:\nsdnr\[dp_folder] folder by default or a [Your_Drive]:\nsdnr\[dp_folder] folder. The [dp_name]_rz.zip is a standard ZIP archive file. Be aware of where your data is extracted.
Online Transfer: https://novascotia.ca/natr/meb/download/dp002.asp
Digital Form: (2 of 4)
format name: ESRI Shapefiles (SHP)
format version: 10.2
format specification: dp002v11sh_ex.zip , dp002v11sh_rz.zip
Transfer Size: 1 MB
Dataset Size: 11 MB
Information Content: Contains data consisting of the mineral occurrence information for the province of Nova Scotia
Decompression Technique: The [dp_name]_ex.zip file contains an EXE which is a Windows OS self-extracting ZIP archive file. All extracted files will go to a c:\nsdnr\[dp_folder] folder by default or a [Your_Drive]:\nsdnr\[dp_folder] folder. The [dp_name]_rz.zip is a standard ZIP archive file. Be aware of where your data is extracted.
Online Transfer: https://novascotia.ca/natr/meb/download/dp002.asp
Digital Form: (3 of 4)
format name: KML\KMZ
format version: 2.2
format specification: dp002v11km_ex.zip , dp002v11km_rz.zip
Transfer Size: 0.7 MB
Dataset Size: 1 MB
Information Content: Contains data consisting of the mineral occurrence information for the province of Nova Scotia
Decompression Technique: The [dp_name]_ex.zip file contains an EXE which is a Windows OS self-extracting ZIP archive file. All extracted files will go to a c:\nsdnr\[dp_folder] folder by default or a [Your_Drive]:\nsdnr\[dp_folder] folder. The [dp_name]_rz.zip is a standard ZIP archive file. Be aware of where your data is extracted.
Online Transfer: https://novascotia.ca/natr/meb/download/dp002.asp
Digital Form: (4 of 4)
format name: XLS
format specification: dp002v11xl_ex.zip , dp002v11xl_rz.zip
Transfer Size: 1.5 MB
Dataset Size: 6.2 MB
Information Content: Contains data consisting of the mineral occurrence information for the province of Nova Scotia
Decompression Technique: The [dp_name]_ex.zip file contains an EXE which is a Windows OS self-extracting ZIP archive file. All extracted files will go to a c:\nsdnr\[dp_folder] folder by default or a [Your_Drive]:\nsdnr\[dp_folder] folder. The [dp_name]_rz.zip is a standard ZIP archive file. Be aware of where your data is extracted.
Online Transfer: https://novascotia.ca/natr/meb/download/dp002.asp


Metadata Reference

Creation Date: 20160311
Metadata Standard: FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Standard Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998
Metadata Language: English
Time Convention: local time
Review Date: As required
Access Constraints: none
User Constraints: none
Security Classification System: none
Security Classification: Unclassified
Security Handling Description: none
Metadata Contact:
see contact information