Frequently Asked Questions


Who can access the INTRAW repository? Anybody can access the repsoitory, to search and read any uploaded documents. There is no need to login or identify yourself - you have automatic 'guest' access. To update the repository by adding a new document or link, together with associated metadata, you must be an accredited 'contributor'-level user: a participant in the project or otherwise approved by an INTRAW administrator. 'Administrator'-level users are allowed to edit any metadata in the repository, and also have the authority to add new contributors.

What documents should be uploaded? Any document that is generated within the project and intended for public readership should be uploaded. Also, any relevant third party document for which there are no copyright issues (it is already in the public domain, or you have permission to publish) may be uploaded. If a document is already available online at a third-party's website, you may choose to provide a link to it instead of uploading, though preferable to link to the third party source especially if it is a document which might be updated from time to time. However, if the website is likely to change address or become unavailable it may still be better to upload to the INTRAW repository.

Where there are potential copyright issues, it is better to give a physical address (of a library, for example) where it may be consulted. Also, where the document contents itself may be subject to updating, such as with new version versions of regulations, it is preferable to give a link to a third-party location where the latest version may be obtained.

How do I use the DOI name? The DOI name is a code developed to provide a permanently valid address for a document or set of documents, combined with access to metadata. Further information is available from You can use it to link to a document by installing a DOI Resolver button in your browser

What is Minerals4EU? The Minerals4EU (Minerals Intelligence Network for Europe) project ( ) co-funded by FP7 programme, has already established the EU Minerals Intelligence Network structure, comprising European minerals data providers and stakeholders, and delivered the European Minerals Knowledge Data Platform (EU-MKDP), a European Minerals Yearbook and foresight studies. EU-MKDP includes a portal that offers easy access to all available and new data related to mineral resources. In addition to a map service displaying the mineral deposits and mines in Europe, the portal also provides occurrence-specific documents related to mineral materials, enabling users to make their own analyses from a huge amount of data. Link to EU-MKDP: The European Minerals Yearbook developed in Minerals4EU helps users to allocate and prioritise mineral-related research and projects. The yearbook includes statistics (production, import, export, mineral resources, ore reserves, mineral exploration, etc.) about more than 65 primary minerals in 40 European countries. Regarding secondary raw material, the data is organised into 13 categories that represent mineral-based waste flow."

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