Information Development Branch
The Information Development Branch (IDB) has a strategic role in helping Earth Resources (ERDD) achieve its goals through effective use and management of its information resources. This involves maintaining and developing information systems and helping Earth Resources businesses to improve data quality, accessibility, security and usage.
Earth Resources information systems supports activities across ERDD value chain including pre-competitive data provision. IDB supports the regulatory services and geo-science aspects of Earth Resources and also provides expert ICT advice. This includes the day-to-day administration of mining & petroleum tenements; the scheduling of inspections; and the management and supply of exploration and mining data, mine hazards, and geo-scientific mapping both internal to the Division, and external to industry clients and the Victorian community.
Earth Resources information resources are enormous and exist in a variety of physical forms and data structures. Its geospatial data are available via web enabled applications to departmental staff and the public enabling access to information about tenements, boreholes, geological and exploration information, and historical mine details.
Information Development Branch provides Earth Resources with technology to access data, which cost billions dollars to collect. IDB brings both business and information technology specific knowledge bridging the gap between business and ICT. IDB personnel work in roles that include business analysis, and application software development, support and maintenance.