The European Union Raw Materials Knowledge Base (EURMKB) is a part of the European Innovation Partnership’s Strategic Implementation Plan. Its aim is to be a one-stop-shop for all information on raw materials in the EU. With the help of EU countries, the service will collect, store, maintain, upgrade, analyse, and disseminate information on the raw materials. This knowledge base will serve industry and policy makers as a valuable source of data.
See the European Innovation Partnership’s Strategic Implementation Plan for more information.
The information on primary and secondary sources of raw materials, together with expertise, will form the three main blocks of the EURMKB:
The base of the three building blocks of EURMKB is already in place. Their outcomes will determine what is missing for the first three blocks. The EURMKB could be organised in different ways, possibly also as a permanent body. Close international cooperation could lead to a world knowledge base on raw materials.
The objective of the Knowledge Base Architecture (KBA) project is to provide technical analysis of different components of the European Raw Materials Knowledge Base (EURMKB). The KBA will be used to monitor different projects’ compliance with the European Commission’s IT requirements and draw up a proposal for the IT compliance and architecture of the EURMKB.
What the Knowledge Base Architecture is for
The study focuses on creating a data inventory for the Raw Materials System Analysis (MSA). The main challenges are to fill the data gaps and remove the bottlenecks of data flows. Solutions for these challenges are either finding data sets or developing appropriate MSA modelling that would fill the gaps and remove the obstacles.
Why the MSA is important
What the MSA will provide
The study on structured statistical information on quality and quantity of EU raw material deposits (Minventory) takes stock of information on mineral reserves and resources that is available in the EU and certain neighbouring countries. It supports the creation of a common data base for an efficient resource strategy for the EU's access to raw materials, and it will be one of the building blocks of the European Union Raw Materials Knowledge Base (EURMKB).
Main objectives of the Minventory
The study will feed into the EU Raw Materials Knowledge Base, which is one of the objectives of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials described in detail in its Strategic Implementation Plan of 18 September 2013.