Mineral Data Services

Liberating Information

Mineral Data Services (Light Catcher Pty Ltd) was established in 2008 to offer a range of database, GIS and data presentation services -- primarily to the mineral exploration industry. Focusing on Open Source software and templates for mineral exploration.


Research and compilation of historic data for mineral exploration areas in Australia.


PostgreSQL database set-up and management for mineral exploration. Open source mineral exploration template xplordb is avaialble which connects with QGIS, LibreOffice, Micromine, Surpac, etc.


PostGIS setup and integration -- this makes Postgres spatially aware, thus combining spatial data with regular data. Map production and section production for analysis and display/presentation


Some of the software used by MDS...

PostgreSQLis a powerful, open source object-relational database system. It has more than 15 years of active development and a proven architecture that has earned it a strong reputation for reliability, data integrity, and correctness.

PostGIS is a spatial database extender for the PostgreSQL object-relational database(see above). It adds support for geographic objects allowing location queries to be run in SQL.

QGIS is the best GIS tool in the free and open-source software (FOSS) community. It is a user friendly Open Source Geographic Information System (GIS) licensed under the GNU General Public License. QGIS is an official project of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). It runs on Linux, Unix, Mac OSX, Windows and Android and supports numerous vector, raster, and database formats and functionalities.


Light Catcher Pty Ltd

(trading as Mineral Data Services)

Perth, Western Australia

Email & Phone


David 0422 541 857