Authors: Lyle, GD; McKinnon, SD; McIsaac, GJ; Dasys, AA

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Lyle, GD, McKinnon, SD, McIsaac, GJ & Dasys, AA 2011, 'The use of a wiki format to compile mine design knowledge — what’s in it for you?', in Y Potvin (ed.), Strategic versus Tactical 2011: Proceedings of the Fourth International Seminar on Strategic versus Tactical Approaches in Mining, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Perth, pp. 267-273,

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As part of an initiative to improve value in mining, the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) is developing a handbook on best practice in mine design. Various formats were examined, and of these, the wiki was selected as being most suitable. Being web-based, its global reach and capability of being continuously updated allows the wiki to evolve as new knowledge is generated, and to capture the diversity of experience of practitioners in the mining industry. While wikis have many advantages in terms of organising content and searching, their ability to be edited by users is often seen as a negative characteristic for quality control. To ensure reliability of information content, author attribution, specific authorship models, and a peer review process have been implemented, in addition to the standard version tracking capability of wikis. The first phase of the project concentrates on topics related to underground hard rock mine design. The scope will be expanded to cover other aspects of mining as the project matures. Strategic partnerships with various organisations, such as the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), and Canada Metal (Pacific) Limited (CANMET), are being formed to provide a wide range of seed material to stimulate growth of the site.

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