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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review

Appendix J: The MINFILE/pc and MINFILE/www Readme.doc File 

MINFILE/pc Version 5.0 (Information Circular 2007-5)
British Columbia Geological Survey
Victoria, BC
June, 2007

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Features of Version 5.0
1.  Introduction
2.  Purpose of the MINFILE/pc System
3.  Purpose of the MINFILE/www System
4.  System Requirements
5.  Downloading MINFILE/pc
6.  Code Table Maintenance
7.  General MINFILE Information and Availability
    a) MINFILE/pc System
    b) MINFILE Data
    c) MINFILE/www Searches

 

In 2006, MINFILE/pc Version 5.0 was released.  This version was converted to an MS Access application that is downloadable from the web.  Due to the large file size MINFILE/pc is a compressed (zipped) file.  Version 5.0 is not compatible with older versions of MINFILE/pc.  At this time, a new component called MINFILE/www was introduced to provide online data entry and online access to the MINFILE database.

 

FEATURES OF VERSION 5.0

 

  • Georeferencing changes: new electoral district and forest district fields.
  • New extract files and formats: in ASCII, dBASE and Worksheet formats.
  • System configuration changes: ability to modify Code Tables (see Section 7); configure own editor; select datums; specify coordinate working areas; see also Section 4 for details.
  • All search screens now have code table lookups.
  • Report and print enhancements: dBASE and Worksheet formats; set default print device; and report preview feature with single page print.

1. INTRODUCTION

 

This document describes the MINFILE/www and MINFILE/pc systems, their configuration and installation and additional information on MINFILE. MINFILE/www and MINFILE/pc are intended for use with the MINFILE database, which is a computerized mineral inventory of over 12,500 metallic, industrial mineral and coal occurrences in British Columbia.

 

For further information on the use of MINFILE refer to the following supporting documents:

1.  MINFILE V. 5.0 Coding Manual, June 2007, Information Circular 2007-4 now available on the Web (http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/MINFILE/ProductsDownloads/MINFILEDocumentation/Pages/default.aspx).
2.  MINFILE V. 5.0 User Manual, June 2007, Information Circular 2007-5 now available on the Web
(http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/MINFILE/ProductsDownloads/MINFILEDocumentation/Pages/default.aspx).

 

2. PURPOSE OF THE MINFILE/pc SYSTEM

 

MINFILE/pc is a tab-driven search and report program for the IBM PC-compatible computer. The system may be used to search, sort and manipulate MINFILE data and report on the results of searches. The data can be exported for use in other programs such as word processors and plotting packages.  Editing mineral occurrences is possible with the data entry part of the program. With the ability to modify MINFILE data, users are warned that this will create incompatibilities with the Corporate (B.C. Geological Survey) MINFILE Database.

The previous 4.5 version of MINFILE/pc also contained a module, designed for the Ministry's Regional Geologists to track exploration and development activity in B.C. Projects and directly link them to associated MINFILE occurrences. Note that this exploration data is not distributed. However, the system may be used to enter and track your own data.

 

3. PURPOSE OF THE MINFILE/www SYSTEM


MINFILE/www is an on-line tab-driven search and report program for the Internet. The system may be used to search, sort and manipulate MINFILE data and report on the results of searches. The data can be exported for use in other programs such as word processors and plotting packages.  Editing mineral occurrences is possible with the MINFILE Coding Card part of the program. Users interested in data entry capabilities must first obtain a BCeID and contact the MINFILE Team for authorized access.

 

Users are encouraged to obtain new data as previous versions of the data are no longer compatible with Version 5.0.

 

4. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

 

Minimum Hardware Requirements

  • Pentium 75-megahertz (MHz) or higher processor.
  • Microsoft Windows 95 or later operating system, or Microsoft Windows NT Workstation version 4.0, Service Pack 3 or later.  
  • For Windows 95 or Windows 98: 16 megabytes (MB) of RAM for the operating system, plus an additional 8 MB of RAM for Access.  
  • For Windows NT Workstation: 32 MB of RAM for the operating system, plus an additional 8 MB of RAM for Access.  
  • For Windows 2000 Professional: 64 MB of RAM for the operating system, plus an additional 8 MB of RAM for Access.

NOTE: Windows 2000 requires a Pentium 133 megahertz (MHz) or higher processor.  

 

Software Requirements

  • Microsoft Access 2000, XP or a later version.
  • An internet connection is required to download MINFILE/pc from the website.
  • Microsoft Windows 95, 98 NT, 2000 XP or later.   
  • WinRAR to extract the compressed MINFILE-pc.RAR file.

 

The existing MINFILE/pc program and data for the province presently occupies approximately 307 megabytes of hard disk space once downloaded and extracted.


5. DOWNLOADING MINFILE/pc

The MINFILE/pc program and data is downloadable from http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/MINFILE/ProductsDownloads/MINFILEDocumentation/Pages/default.aspx

  


6
. CODE TABLE MAINTENANCE

The Code Table Maintenance option is only available to Ministry staff with the highest security level access.

Code tables are a very important component of table driven systems, such as MINFILE/pc and MINFILE/www.  Code tables allow the flexibility to accommodate the changing needs of system users. System administration involves updating the code tables. The code tables contain information that controls various system functions, such as:

  • suggesting possible values for data entry fields.
  • controlling input to the data entry screens.
  • allowing different users to access the system.

IMPORTANT: Modifications and deletions to the code tables can result in system inconsistencies. Since persons with limited MINFILE/pc system knowledge can inadvertently corrupt the database, please contact the Victoria MINFILE office to alert them of a new or possible code change.

7. GENERAL MINFILE INFORMATION AND AVAILABILITY

 

a) MINFILE/pc System

MINFILE/pc Version 5.0 software is downloadable from the Web. Version 5.0 of the User's Manual (Information Circular 2007-5) has currently been developed for download and viewing on the web. See User's Manual on the Web.

 

MINFILE is very interested in receiving your comments and suggestions regarding MINFILE/pc Version 5.0, its documentation, ease of installation and use, and possible improvements. After becoming familiar with the program and documentation, please take some time to write comments and send them to us. We will consider them in the development of future releases.

 

Comments and requests for MINFILE information, MINFILE Coding Manual, MINFILE User's Manual, MINFILE/pc or MINFILE/www should be directed to:

 

MINFILE
BC Geological Survey
Ministry of Energy and Mines
P.O. Box 9333 STN PROV GOV'T
Victoria BC CANADA    V8W 9N3
Office location: 5th Floor, 1810 Blanshard Street
 

Contacts:

  • Fax:  (250) 952-0381

b) MINFILE Data

MINFILE is a comprehensive, computerized mineral inventory of over 12,500 metallic, industrial mineral and coal occurrences in British Columbia. The MINFILE computer database contains a unique record of each documented mineral occurrence in the province, including operating mines. Each record includes extensive detail on location; mineralogy and alteration; geology and host rocks; assay data, reserves and production records; and further references and information on any given occurrence. Included as part of each record is a variable-length text description of the geology and setting of each occurrence. The data is useful for geoscience research, mineral exploration, prospecting, land-use management and a host of related applications requiring data on the Province's mineral resources and production.

 

As of January 2000, 95 per cent of the total database has been updated and entered into the computer. Of this, 92 per cent or 97 of the 105 map areas have been formally released. Professional geologists constantly maintain and expand on the information which is posted daily.

 

c) MINFILE/www Searches

MINFILE/www is an online search site of the MINFILE database. Simple queries include MINFILE Name, Number, NTS map location, Status, Commodity, Deposit Type, Tectonic Belt, Terrane, Latitude/Longitude, Mineralogy, Deposit Character/Classification, Formal/Informal Host, Rock Type/Lithology and Stratigraphic Age. Results are reported as a table and each occurrence is linked to a Capsule Geology and Bibliography report. Each result is linked to a MapGuide window with the map centred on the occurrence. Results can be progressively queried and a list of occurrences can be saved to a file.  Numerous MINFILE data sets can also be downloaded based on search results.  This list or a custom list can be imported back into MINFILE/www for additional queries and extracts.