It was proposed that something be set up to cover these matters. The workshop discussed the potential benefits (or otherwise) of such a public database, the types of users, and some of the field definitions.
It was envisaged that the work would follow many of the ideas initiated by the IUS (International Union of Speleology) Informatics Commission. It would use the classification scheme for speleothems which are defined in Hill and Forti. Field definitions would follow IUS guidelines. The idea was to help prevent duplication of work on scarce resources, as well as improve the sharing of information where possible.
This paper then goes on to suggest some of the database tables for a cave minerals Sample database.