Petition to Make Digital Data available from Mineral Titles Online

5 May 2015

Mineral Titles Online (MTO) is a vital daily resource to Explorers and Tenement Managers in WA. With access to live tenure data, they can both maintain their own tenure, while also monitoring competitors for compliance, which is a key component of transparency and accountability in the WA Mining System.

While MTO is a world leading resource, a fundamental design limitation is that, while data on tenure is presented in a way that is accessible to everyone, it is not amenable to most ‘bulk’ management scenarios which are unique to WA where relatively small companies may have hundreds of tenements under management.

Common queries are:

  • Do I have any rents outstanding?
  • Do I have any form 5’s due?
  • Can I get a current list of conditions across this project?

These can all be answered by searching MTO, but only manually, tenement by tenement, and then copying and pasting data into spreadsheets or documents. This process is extremely time consuming and open to data entry errors.
Recognising the value of the information on MTO, the DMP had been planning since 2004 to offer a digital data download service. This was released a few years ago, but the pricing model meant the cost for regular, repeated enquiries such as those used to answer the above questions on a weekly or monthly basis is prohibitive. In addition, the XML data format requires specialised analysis tools to be usable.

In the absence of such a service and with the desire to streamline tenement management and compliance, companies in WA have developed tools to download tenure data from MTO and make it available for analysis and reporting. These tools have over the past 10 years become fundamental to many managers’ work processes, and have resulted in major cost and time savings, along with improved compliance.

While these tools use ‘screen scraping’ techniques to collect data, they do not access any information that is not available to any ordinary MTO user.

The recent public outcry over ‘data mining’ and the decision by the DMP to cut off users who have been identified to be running automated download tools has impacted a large percentage of land managers in WA, and is a step backwards in terms of WA being a world leader in providing efficient, transparent and accountable tenure governance.

Recognising the value of MTO and digital tenure data to tenement managers in WA, we, the undersigned, request the DMP to:

  • make available a daily download of MTO similar to that which is available on the data centre and/or
  • set up a subscription charging mechanism for the digital data download that is cost effective for regularly updated tenement data (as opposed to once off).

In the interim, we request the DMP permit screen scraping for legitimate tenement compliance purposes.

Petitioners at 18/2/2015

NoNameCompany (if known)Signed On
1Adam GroeneveldSandfire Resources Ltd3/02/2015
2Mairi WalshBlack Oak Minerals Ltd3/02/2015
3Morgan Frejabise3/02/2015
4Sharon BellIndependence Group3/02/2015
5Kate SearleFMGL3/02/2015
6Tanya ChampionNorthern Star3/02/2015
7Marco TentoriAnderson’s Tenement Management3/02/2015
8James Bell3/02/2015
9Paul PennaBC Iron Limited3/02/2015
10Robin HumberstonAustwide Mining Title Management Services3/02/2015
11Michelle StokesAuzex Exploration Limited3/02/2015
12Brett AndersonAnderson’s Tenement Management3/02/2015
13Geoff Willetts3/02/2015
14Linda SkenderLMS Corporation Pty Ltd3/02/2015
15Douglas JonesChalice Gold Mines Ltd3/02/2015
16adam mckayHanking Gold3/02/2015
17Gary FerrisMonax Mining Limited3/02/2015
18Yvonne WeissgerberPanoramic Resources Ltd3/02/2015
19Eldon StoneHetherington Exploration & Mining Title Services Pty Ltd3/02/2015
20Paul Howard3/02/2015
21Lauren ParolaBHP Billiton Nickel West4/02/2015
22Sandy ThuelSt Barbara Ltd4/02/2015
23Peter LiticXserv Pty Ltd4/02/2015
24Gemma GlassGold Fields Australia4/02/2015
25Nina MasAnderson’s Tenement Management4/02/2015
26Caroline ToddBarrack Kanowna4/02/2015
27Iva Morrell4/02/2015
28Sara Winton04/02/2015
29Lydia Brisbout4/02/2015
30Alice Hurlbatt4/02/2015
31Shannon McMahonMcMahon Mining Title Services Pty Ltd4/02/2015
32Lisa Cullen4/02/2015
33Emily VoIndependence Group4/02/2015
34Helen Arcus4/02/2015
35Kathryn ToddBlack Oak Minerals Ltd04/02/2015
36Andy Burgess04/02/2015
37Hayley McNamara4/02/2015
38TODD AXFORDStratum Metals4/02/2015
39Rachael ChalmersGoldfields4/02/2015
40David PergerHerron Resources4/02/2015
41Lorne McCrumHerron Resources4/02/2015
42Bruce LegendreNemex Pty Ltd4/02/2015
43Tracy BrowningGold Fields Exploration Tenement Services4/02/2015
44Kelly HalfordCliffs Natural Resources4/02/2015
45Periss-Lillie HuntGasconye Resources4/02/2015
46Sue PalmerIluka Resources4/02/2015
47Greg PartingtonAuzex Exploration Limited4/02/2015
48Linda FryRegis Resources4/02/2015
49Mike DunbarGascoyne Resources4/02/2015
50Joe Houldsworth4/02/2015
51Matthew Svensson4/02/2015
52Cara FernihoughAtlas Iron Limited4/02/2015
53Concerned Miner4/02/2015
54Karl WolzakResource Mapping Pty Ltd4/02/2015
55David CrookPioneer Resources Ltd4/02/2015
56Andrew McNamaraMcMahon Mining Title Services Pty Ltd4/02/2015
57Carol Traynor4/02/2015
58Jess BosioAustwide Mining Title Management Services4/02/2015
59>Donald Perry4/02/2015
60Kate MajorAustwide Mining Title Management Services4/02/2015
61Lucy ObornAtlas Partners4/02/2015
62MELINDA O’RYAN4/02/2015
63Penny Drew4/02/2015
64Kelly CarterRio Tinto Iron Ore4/02/2015
65Steve Milner4/02/2015
66A Very Concerned Tenement Manager4/02/2015
67Craig HumberstonAustwide Mining Title Management Services4/02/2015
68Peter Brammall4/02/2015
69Gemma McGoldrickNewcrest Mining Ltd4/02/2015
70Peter Johansen4/02/2015
71Deep Shankar4/02/2015
72Kevin ConnellAustwide Mining Title Management Services5/02/2015
73Michael Giles5/02/2015
74Graeme Johnston5/02/2015
75Ian Pegg5/02/2015
76Alf Valentine5/02/2015
77Karen Williams5/02/2015
78Nancy Czerw5/02/2015
79Hong Saw5/02/2015
80Aning Zhang5/02/2015
81Amanda Corby5/02/2015
82Amanda Scott5/02/2015
83Richard Harmsworth6/02/2015
84Jacqui Chamia6/02/2015
85Rod McKenzie8/02/2015
86Renee Oldenhof9/02/2015
87Leanne Lapworth9/02/2015
88Stephanie Lee10/02/2015
89Christine Stone10/02/2015
90Lizz Schollum10/02/2015
91Naomi Shapleski10/02/2015
92Chris Williams12/02/2015
93Edward Reeves13/02/2015
94Dan Baldwin13/02/2015
95Carol Sisson16/02/2015
96Fiona Gallon16/02/2015
97Shay Linden16/02/2015

 

Comments to the petition

NameSigned OnComment
Mairi Walsh3/02/2015I work in the exploration industry and rely on MTO downloads via the Expenditure Watch software package to assist me to manage our tenure in an accurate and time efficient way. I personally am only interested in those leases that Black Oak Minerals hold, or have an interest in, and without doing a regular (e.g. monthly or fortnightly) download my administration workload would be greatly increased, leaving less time for geology.
Sharon Bell3/02/2015We are not obtaining any data from the MTO that isn’t available to any / all MTO users.
We have simply automated the search process to ensure that it is done regularly and negate human error – which has cost us opportunities in the past.
James Bell3/02/2015Daily downloads speed up the process and allows time to be spent on other things.
Paul Penna3/02/2015I am signing because restricting the access to tenement data will increase the cost of our tenement management, e.g., the monthly audit conducted by our tenement managers will take hours rather than minutes.
Michelle Stokes3/02/2015We and several of our clients use services that are impacted. Unless or until the department itself can provide them (free) it will impact significantly on our compliance costs if we can’t use the service.
Brett
Anderson
3/02/2015I believe the data should be accessible.
Geoff Willetts3/02/2015Digital download from a trusted source is the way to go and makes sense to have a one stop shop saving time and therefore precious cash for us in the junior resources sector
adam mckay3/02/2015I have a legitimate use for data taken from MTO in an automated fashion in order to maintain company tenure. Its in the states interest to facilitate tools to assist with tenement management.
Yvonne Weissgerber3/02/2015I manage mining tenements for a small group of clients, access to MTO data is a valuable tool to provide audit and backup checks for tenement maintenance and management, as well as providing an efficient method for completion of due diligence investigations.
Lauren Parola4/02/2015BHP Billiton Nickel West Pty Ltd (Nickel West) utilises this important function for the purposes of auditing its own data to ensure accuracy, obtaining ‘Safety Net’ reports to ensure statutory obligations are met (as a back up to our own systems) and monitoring third party tenements which are subject to royalty and other rights afforded to Nickel West.
Nickel West has and never will use MTO as a ‘data mining’ tool.
Alice Hurlbatt4/02/2015Hanking Gold Mining utilises this data. Please continue to provide it. thank you Alice
Kathryn Todd4/02/2015MT Audit makes it easier for us to formulate report data quickly. This data is freely available via MTO but we would have to collate manually by individual tenements.
TODD AXFORD4/02/2015I’m signing because this proposed change to the system does impact the compliance cost for explorers and will result in less money available to conduct on the ground exploration activities. From a broader perspective it could reduce WA’s competitiveness in attracting exploration activity.
Rachael Chalmers4/02/2015The vast majority of the “data mining” we do is actually to help us maintain accurate records and ensure compliance of our own tenements!
Bruce Legendre4/02/2015I only use the MT Audit software after hours, usually from 6PM to midnight to check on those areas of the NE Goldfields where I have had
Exploration/Mining Interests for over 30 years.
Cara Fernihough4/02/2015In addition to the importance of tenement management and compliance, I’m signing in support of V-Biz, who have been a reliable local business supporting the industry on a level playing field for the last ten years.
Concerned Miner4/02/2015The data mining tool offers a range of utilities that go to “insure” a tenement portfolio, but also provides some advantage toward recognition of ground that may have become recently open to mining.

While there is outcry from prospectors who deem they are missing out on this commercial edge because they cannot afford to pay for the service, but these are the same persons who cannot afford to legitimately mine the areas they are seeking to secure. They will attempt to “bargain” with the larger corporations, to make a passive profit from “claim jumping”.

On another level, from the perspective of a junior bulk-commodity explorer, the government has shored up the ongoing reserves for the Rio Group; BHP Group; Hancock group etc by the enactment of the State Agreements. For a junior to be competitive, it needs any edge to ground that may become available in the iron-rich regions of the State. With the current levels of land- banking that is not prevented by the DMP (one only needs to look at the various company holding spreads on the maps that show “iron ore deposits of the Pilbara Regions”), it is evident that without such a tool, the Pilbara will soon be solely owned by FMG; Rio; BHP and the Hancock group.
The DMP needs to act on this, BUT stopping data-mining is only “band-aiding”
a larger problem.

Karl Wolzak4/02/2015Access to this data through MT Audit and Safety Net is critical to my professional practice.
Concerned Miner4/02/2015It seems the DMP are “reacting” due to the outcry of some prospectors at a recent forum. Perhaps the DMP ought to conduct a forum on this topic and also hear from those in the industry who are supportive of these tools.
Before any decision is ultimately made, all points of view ought to be considered and given appropriate weight.
David Crook4/02/2015We subscribe to Tenement Safety Net as a facet of our tenement management system. TSN uses this feed to provide this service.
Andrew McNamara4/02/2015This is a tool that assists with my role at MMTS
Carol Traynor4/02/2015Time is money. Don’t ditch the current auto system.
Donald Perry4/02/2015Data should be available without restriction s
Penny Drew4/02/2015Data should be available as it assists in many ways; making Title Management companies lives easier.
Steve Milner4/02/2015The WA Government and Dept of Mines and Petroleum need to join the 21st Century and listen to the people that keep them employed
Deep Shankar4/02/2015I believe the digital tenure data adds tremendous value in terms of timely data Information to Asset Managers and other bodies seeking the same.
Kevin Connell5/02/2015In this day and age it is important that the DMP provides timely and accurate publicly available data without interference and restrictions.
Graeme Johnston5/02/2015As a taxpayer as well as an exploration manager the data belongs to everyone and access is a right for all.
Alf Valentine7/2/2015MT Audit provides a valuable and essential role in the management of our tenement database. We use MT Audit for legitimate auditing pur oses and for maintaining accurate & timely “project expenditure” records. Any “bulk” interrogation activities (usually audits on a 6 monthly basis) are always conducted after normal office hours. We do not use MT Audit for “data mining” purposes.
Richard Harmsworth9/2/2015Maintaining tenure has to be 100% correct and up to date and made much quicker and more efficient if the digital data is on line. On line data would also make application of the “jealous neighbour” principle much more effective.
Rod McKenzie7/2/2015AS a user of the MTO data using MT audit software, access to the on-line data has enabled quick searches of expenditure, monitoring company activities and checking the tenure status – eg for partial surrenders. To do this process
manually would be both time consuming and expensive.
Dan Baldwin12/2/2015Having the ability to see changes in tenements conditions /dealings /reporting /rents etc. from MTO is beneficial to monitor tenements especially with large portfolios.