Transparency in the Commodity Markets

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Transparency in the Commodity Markets

18.10.2017

New online portal provides a better understanding of raw materials situation.

The German Mineral Resources Agency’s (DERA) of the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR)
new Raw Materials Information System ROSYS provides information about approximately 80 raw materials which are important for Germany as an industrial location. This includes raw materials important for future technologies such as lithium, cobalt or rare earth elements, and conventional energy resources. 

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Fig. 1: ROSYS provides easy access to extensive information about raw materials.

Developments on the international commodity markets can be followed, analysed and evaluated by means of interactive maps and diagrams. Entrepreneurs, political decision-makers, journalists and interested parties can now use ROSYS to get their own first impression of the raw materials relevant to them, as well as their occurrence, trading partners and price developments. In just a few clicks the system enables individual access to extensive raw materials information, and thus provides more transparency in the global commodity markets.

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Fig. 2: Overview of global gold mining in 2015. 


The information platform was developed as part of an agile approach by DERA and con terra GmbH.  

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Fig. 3: Time series of global gold mining between 1960 and 2015. 

As a specialised department of the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), DERA was able to build on the existing BGR Geoviewer solution. The BGR Geoviewer is the central component within the spatial data infrastructure of the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) and is built on map.apps from con terra. In addition, for ROSYS the server side was added to a back-end solution, which controls access to user data and the corresponding analysis.