ORAMA (Optimising quality of information in RAw MAterials data collection across Europe) is a two year project that seeks to identify best practices in the collection of information on primary and secondary raw materials. It is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme. In order to secure widespread dissemination of the best practices, the ORAMA consortium gives training for those engaged in collecting and providing these data. The project also creates a system that allows the transfer of information stored at Member State level to the Raw Materials Information System (RMIS), hosted by the Joint Research Centre (JRC).

Fifty-five attendees from different sectors and institutions participated in the workshop hosted by the ORAMA consortium within the JRC facilities in Ispra, Italy, on 13th June. The workshop focused on sharing the outcomes reached in the project so far and the associated training. The training material, including presentations, reports and practical exercises) can be downloaded in the beginning of this article.

During the morning session, the emphasis was on the collection, presentation and use of raw material data within a dedicated network in the EU (view programme). In the afternoon, parallel primary and secondary raw material training sessions introducing the detailed results and guidance for data were held. Also ORAMA stakeholders had the opportunity to present their own results during a lunch time poster session. The workshop was followed by the ORAMA Project meeting in the Villa Borghi Hotel on the following day.

Highlights of the ORAMA Project include:

  • The current situation of raw materials data collection has been mapped and the ways to improve it have been suggested;
  • Compilations of data from multiple sources have been done;
  • Data models play an important role when data from several sources are harmonized. The United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) allows to harmonize resource and reserve data using a common reporting scheme;
  • Application of the UNFC classification in land use planning in Norway was presented;
  • ORAMA will facilitate the application of the UNFC in the EU by providing training material and promotion of best practice;
  • The Project is demonstrating how the recommendations can be used to produce data of high quality that can be easily updated;
  • All public deliverables submitted so far can be downloaded at https://orama-h2020.eu/downloads/
  • Training for primary and secondary raw materials data collection and classification have been given in two parallel sessions utilizing specially prepared training material.

Webinars and Final Event coming up in the autumn!

The ORAMA project is now working on disseminating its results. A series of webinars will take place in the autumn of 2019, and the ORAMA Final Event will be arranged in Brussels during the Raw Materials Week, on 22nd November 2019. Information on these events will be added to the ORAMA website – everyone interested is warmly welcomed!