Discover Information Geographically

About DIG

Discover Information Geographically (DIG) is a tool which provides information regarding whether the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts holds data on a particular topic of interest or for an area of interest. Entries currently cover data and publications, but will be extended to incorporate map services and printed maps.

Available information

All DIG entries are related to a geographical location, and most of the data referred to is suitable for use in a GIS (Geographic Information System). Data is collected at a national (rather than regional) scale, and covers both the continent and international waters.

Only data which is maintained by the Department, or may be supplied to third parties, is available. Supply of any of the data sets will involve the acceptance of a licence.

DIG is updated as soon as new, updated or replacement data sets become available for general use. In some instances, several versions of a data set may be available, because the previous versions are of use for comparison purposes.

How to use DIG

A search is conducted using keywords, categories or by defining a geographical area. A brief overview of each entry matching the criteria is displayed with links to the full entry and a simple map displaying the approximate geographic location of the data.

Alternatively, use the BROWSE tab to browse all our metadata entries, which are organised in topic folders.

The referenced data may not be available on this web site, however, relevant contact details are included with every entry. Where data sets are available for download, licence details are included.