4.15 Long-term relevance

As pointed out in Section 3, planning for monitoring should be always be carried out as a life-of-mine exercise, maximising the relevance of data collected in each phase for use in later phases.

Section 4.14.3 notes that this may require, for example, that chemical limits of detection used for baseline data collection be well below standard commercial practice at the time, to maintain relevance at later stages of projects with a long lifespan. It is essential that there is accurate and transparent reporting of data quality and continued access to datasets through the life of the project. As noted in Section 4.10, the future users of data are unlikely to be the original collectors, due to staff turnover, and the future users must be able to access the results, understand their provenance and be assured of their reliability. Leading practice addresses these life-of-project issues and ensures that data management systems and decisions on data collections maximise the continuing relevance of the data.

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