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Karelian Gold Rush 2015

Karelian Gold Rush 2015 is a global exploration challenge hosted by Endomines Oy. Endomines will provide contestants with all relevant research data concerning the Karelian Gold Line. Sito has developed a map-based service called Louhi, which will be used to manage all data relating to the contest and distribute the data to contestants.

The objective of the competition is to get new ideas for mineral exploration along the Karelian Gold Line. Karelian Gold Rush 2015 is open to everybody: private enterprises, universities, geoscientists and mathematicians, other professionals, etc. The data to be published include drill core data and analyses from more than 1 000 holes, a vast amount of geochemical till and soil data, geophysical data and Endomines’ internal exploration reports.

Data to be distributed using Sito’s Louhi platform

Sito will provide Endomines Oy with a Louhi platform for visualizing maps and making the data package available for contestants to download. Sito’s map-based Louhi service will be used to distribute all data relating to the competition: Registered contestants will be provided a map interface for accessing data published by Endomines for specific data point locations or wider areas as well as being able to download the full data package. The data package will also include public data collected by the Geological Survey of Finland and the National Land Survey of Finland concerning the mining site, which complement Endomines’ own research data.


Registration for Karelian Gold Rush 2015 opened on September 1st, 2015. Registered contestants will initially be provided with background information and various kinds of preparatory “teasers”. The actual competition data package will be published on the same platform in connection with the FEM Conference, in which Sito will also take part, on November 4th, 2015.

The competition closes on January 15th, 2016. The winner will be announced at the annual PDAC conference, the leading global convention for mineral exploration and mining, in Toronto in March 2016. The prices are EUR 40 000 for first place, EUR 20 000 for second place, EUR 10 000 for third place and EUR 2 000 for places 4–8.

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