Since the publication of the Raw Materials Initiative (RMI) in 2008 and the Strategic Implementation Plan of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials (SIP EIP RM), the European Commission has funded research on raw materials through its research and innovation framework programmes (FP7 and H2020) as well as through specific research requests from individual Directorates and other mechanisms. Several of the projects have involved, to a greater or lesser extent, the creation of pan-European mineral datasets. At present especially data from the Minerals4EU and ProMine projects are included in the EGDI, but eventually also data from projects such as EURare, ProSum and others will be sustained through the infrastructure.

The creation of pan-European datasets is overseen by EuroGeoSurvey’s Mineral Resources Expert Group.