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Objectives of the commitment

ORAMA is a natural follow-up of Minerals4EU project as well as the EuroGeoSurveys EUMINET RM Commitment, as it will build on the experience gained developing the EU-MKDP which is one of the first brick of the future EURMKB and of the EU Geological Data Infrastructure (EGDI). The main objectives are:
1) To develop a clear strategy for extending and deepening the RM data from all Member States in the EU;
2) To make available different types of data (incl. social, environmental, economic, technical, exploration and extraction, primary and secondary raw materials) to end users; 3) To provide a systematic collection methodology and recommendations for the improvement of datasets and EU-level harmonization; 4) To assist and support data providers in creating portrayals harvestable through Web services (WFS) or other pertinent technical solution in the absence of existing 'harvestable' DBs.

Description of the activities

Implementation of the ORAMA will be based on the following 5 major areas of action:
1. Inventory and analysis of data collection and sources
In a first instance, an investigation-based inventory of all potential data providers including governmental bodies, institutes and academic bodies, and professional/industry organizations able to contribute, will be realized and then analyzed. Data sources dealing with social, environmental, economic and technical data on exploration, resource potential and extraction with respect to primary & secondary Raw Materials will be surveyed in all MS. Precise assessments will be made on the content of these DBs, the perimeter covered and the granularity, the format of the data and the compliance with the INSPIRE MR and data models currently being developed for products, stocks & flows, in order to define the best harvesting procedure to implement.
2. Recommendations for data harmonization
At the end of the survey, recommendations for the implementation of data gathering methods, the improvement of existing ones and the inclusion of new datasets in the existing KB will be made, thus contributing to achieve harmonization and improved standardization of raw materials data across the EU, taking into account the INSPIRE Directive legal obligations. Close interactions will be made with the JRC in order to ensure there is no duplication between the EURMKB and the EC’s Raw Materials Information System (RMIS), notably regarding land use, economy data and life cycle analysis.
3. Demonstration of applicability of recommended methodologies
The efficacy of the recommendations on both primary and secondary materials will be tested and demonstrated at MS level with three major actions:
•Demonstrating the improvement of spatial coverage with the recommended system over that of Minerals4EU, and
•Improving the implementation of the INSPIRE MR data model which has not been completed for a number of elements, because of its complexity, with in some cases, entire parts of the model missing or imperfectly mapped (e.g., mining wastes).
•Testing the efficiency of newly developed services -in synergy with ProSUM- to generate on the fly Sankey Diagrams, directly from the data of Diffusion DB of the EU-RMKB/EURMKB.
4. Clustering with other RMC´s, projects and initiatives
Strong synergies will be naturally established with ongoing projects such as EURare, ProSUM, MICA, the ORAMA team being also the team working within these projects. Existing links with the JRC teams from H06 and H08 Units will be solicited in order to ensure a harmonious development of both the EURMKB and the RMIS. Furthermore, the Minerals4EU Foundation, established in Brussels, will be an important forum for ORAMA as its main aim is to assist in the long-term delivery of Minerals4EU services and to provide a one-stop-shop through which stakeholders can easily access its products and the underlying expertise.
5. Outreach and communication actions
Foreseen actions such as workshops, stakeholder meetings, website, social media, videos, educative materials will assist in the delivery of the benefits of ORAMA to the RM community. A workshop at the outset will be organized, the aim of which being to widely inform that a large and exhaustive survey at the EU-scale will be launched for identifying all the public data related to RM, covering the whole value-chain, from exploration to recycling including economy aspects. Another one, at the end of the project will present the results of the exercise, the best practices, and how to get access and use them.

Description of the expected impacts

ORAMA will deliver a range of outputs that will have significant impacts and benefits for the EU. It will contribute (i) to refine the policy related to the collection and dissemination of raw materials data, (ii) to encourage networking between key institutions in the EU and (iii) to improve the EU-RMKB through the identification of new data sources which will deliver harmonized raw materials data across Europe. In addition to achieving the objectives of the EIP on Raw Materials, expected impacts will also include:
• Improving quality, assurance, homogeneity and accessibility to primary and secondary mineral raw materials data, all along the whole value chain in the EU28;
• Improving data collection systems from regional to national and then EU level and subsequent achievement of harmonized data;
• Favoring evidence-based decision-making for raw materials policy at EU and Member State levels;
• Facilitating investment decisions by industry with the development of dedicated applications or services on top of the Central Knowledge Base;
• Increasing EU raw materials knowledge for stakeholders;
• Facilitating collaboration and negotiations with the rest of the world on raw materials matters.

Having easily accessible, well-organized, extensive, homogeneous and reliable data will trigger the development of new, attractive services on top of the Knowledge Base, allowing each end user (i) to extract the data he needs, (ii) to get the necessary information on the best available method to use for solving a problem (through the MICA ontology-based DDG Expert System), and finally (iii) to process the data online in a seamless way and in a comfortable professional environment. The ambition of ORAMA is to make the necessary step from GATHERING to EXPLOITATION of data.

Coordinating organisation & role

Name of the coordinating organisation: Geologian tutkimuskeskus - GTKCountry: FinlandEntity profile: Governmental/public bodyRole within the commitment:

GTK is a leading European centre in assessment, research and sustainable use of geological resources. GTK coordinated both ProMine and Minerals4EU. Commitment leader. Coordination. Outreach actions. Clustering with other projects. GTK will also contribte to the following tasks: Inventory and analysis of data collection and sources, Recommendations for data harmonization; Demonstration of applicability of recommended methodologies.

Other partners

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Angewandten Forschung e.V.

Name of the organisation: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Angewandten Forschung e.V. Country: Germany Entity profile: Governmental/public body
Role within the commitment: Fraunhofer will lead the CFRP and GFRP recycling research.
Fraunhofer will perform corrosion tests on the developed materials.
Fraunhofer will work with CIDAUT on the implementation, validation and refinement of LCCA tools for the project. Fraunhofer is the Quality Manager of the Consortium and will oversee deliverables and general reporting are produced with the best possible quality following agreed review standards.

Fundacion Cidaut

Name of the organisation: Fundacion Cidaut Country: Spain Entity profile:
Role within the commitment: CIDAUT will lead the research activities on materials recycling and compounding, implementing lab scale demonstrators of each process at its premises and, later, supporting end-users upscale the processes.
CIDAUT will perform mechanical tests, microstructural analyses, injection moulding capability studies on the developed materails, and will work with Fraunhofer on the implementation, validation and refinement of LCCA tools for the project.

RWTH Aachen University (Institute of plastic processing (IKV)

Name of the organisation: RWTH Aachen University (Institute of plastic processing (IKV) Country: Germany Entity profile: Governmental/public body
Role within the commitment: RWTH will implement the novel 3D Generative Preforming process (3D Fibre Spraying) that enables to create high-value long fibre-reinforced 3D preforms for thermoplastic and thermoset composites at low process costs (different kinds of yarn as a raw material, low tooling costs due to low cavity pressures). This cost effective technology allows to align the sprayed fibres in order to produce high-performance, engineered anisotropic products.

Universita' di Cagliari

Name of the organisation: Universita' di Cagliari Country: Italy Entity profile:
Role within the commitment: University of Cagliari is one of the leading European organization in the resin design and coupling with thermoplastic and thermose materials. University of Cagliari will support in the definition of the composite materials, both from CFRP/GFRP, ABS and Rare Earth composite material.


Name of the organisation: Relight Country: Italy Entity profile: Private sector - SME
Role within the commitment: RELIGHT will work with ITRB to provide the research partners with residues for the recycled ABS supply and the REE recovery processes, including their HydroWEEE process as part of the processes to be studied and analyzed.

Piaggio Aerospace

Name of the organisation: Piaggio Aerospace Country: Italy Entity profile: Private sector - large company
Role within the commitment: Piaggio Aerospace is one of the project End Users (Aeronautics Industry): as such it will provide requirements and further applications that could be developed with the Consortium Materials. Piaggio will assist in the compounds selection, provide Fraunhofer with specific corrosion requirements on business jet size aircraft, and will assess that the developed materials performance fits the selected applications desired improvements.

Blackshape Aircrafts

Name of the organisation: Blackshape Aircrafts Country: Italy Entity profile: Private sector - SME
Role within the commitment: Blackshape Aircrafts is one of the project End Users (Aeronautics Industry): as such it will provide requirements and further applications that could be developed with the Consortium Materials. Blackshape will support to fulfill the requirements of the aeronautics industry on ultra light jet, light jet and trainer for Syllabus, and will assess that the developed alloys performance fits the selected applications desired improvements.

KU Leuven

Name of the organisation: KU Leuven Country: Belgium Entity profile: Academia
Role within the commitment: KUL will collaborate on the balance problem studies and will lead the rare earth recovery research with the solvometallurgical and ionometallurgical processes.
KUL will also contribute to the final compounding selection.
KUL is the Dissemination Manager of the project, promoting that all partners are active on the project Dissemination.


Name of the organisation: FIDAMC Country: Spain Entity profile: Governmental/public body
Role within the commitment: FIDAMC is going to lead the Work Package on Compression Moulding with CFRP-enhanced materials. As part of the AIRBUS Group, FIDAMC will also be able to provide the input material.
FIDAMC successfully developed a 3D Printer of own design to serve the Aerospace Industry and will be supporting Smart Lab 3D Industries in its 3D printer design.


Name of the organisation: COMPOSITE INNOVATION CENTER Country: Canada Entity profile: Governmental/public body
Role within the commitment: Composite Innovation Center is one of the world leading organization in the field of Composite materials, both from carbon fiber and vegetal-based fibers.
Composite Innovation center has successfully implemented, at lab-scale, recycling processes for CFRP and GFRP.

Existing EU Contribution: Yes

Period to implement the commitment: from 15-03-2016 to 01-02-2020