Here I will discuss some main concepts of LBML operation so you can easily find answers to your questions.


1 Data Aggregation

Data aggregation is the process of collecting data from all users, generating statistics, and presenting it back.

1.1 How data is gathered

When you run the LBML the claim data you collect is stored locally in a database file on your computer and it is also being sent to our server. It is stored in the server database, for data protection (in case you lose your local copy), and also for data aggregation purposes. When you scan a claim the claim is stored in a buffer area of your local database. It will be kept there until the data is synchronized with the server. Once the claim is sent to the server it is saved there and assigned a global identification number. This number is then sent back to your client and the claim is moved from the buffer into persistent database storage.

1.2 Data Privacy

Your data is never presented to anyone but you as direct data points (single claims). It is always aggregated with data of other users and presented as statistics, percent distributions and graphs. If you prefer not to participate in data aggregation and keep your claims 100% private you can do that by picking up Ghost Mode from the store.

1.3 How data is aggregated

Your data and data from other users ends up in one big data pile (data set). This data set properties are then computed. For example if we would like to know how often can we find lysterium in area A, then we would count how many claims of lysterium versus other claims are in area A and present it in a percentage value. If we would like to know at what depth does iron most often appear we could check the data from all users and compute the average depth or the median etc. This way everyone's specific data points are kept private but we can still present some metrics of the general resource compositions in various areas.

1.4 How data is presented

The website has rudimentary maps of ore locations and some basic ore depth information. More detailed maps and other data metrics will be available from the Mining Store, where you can spend your Miner Points.

1.5 Miner Points and the Store

A big part of the data aggregation system are the Miner Points. This is the main incentive for sharing your data. Each claim you submit will be rewarded with a certain amount of points in the range of 1-1000. Depending on rarity the most common claims are valued very low and the super rare ones are at the top end of the scale. This scale is adjusted dynamically to compensate for changes in ore distributions. You can use these points in the Store available in the LBML client to purchase additional features and resource maps.