The world's first enterprise architecture reference model for mining and other extractive industries has been published by the Open Group to make it easier for investors, miners and services providers to share information about the business.
The new model, developed together with leading mining firms, also set safety, health and environmental standards for the exploration, mining, metals and minerals sector worldwide.
The exploration and mining business reference model (EM model) defined the common activities for organisations in the exploration and mining sectors. It established an operational blueprint that miners could use to define standard operating practices. Information systems vendors could use these definitions to build systems they could sell worldwide.
The director of the forum that developed the model, Sarina Viljoen, said the model was backed by mining companies in the UK, South Africa and Australia. "The EM model defines the business processes that span both business and technology from the boardroom to the rock face," she said.
It provided the exploration and mining industries with a common language and a common definition of business activities so organisations could be confident their operations were understood, she said. But even firms that dealt with only a part of the whole process would benefit by aligning with the standards, of which the EM was the first of a proposed set of reference models, she said.
The EMMMv Forum, which developed the model, was formed in 2008 under the Open Group. The founding members were Ajilon Australia, Datamine, Fortescue Metals Group, GMSI, Lonmin Platinum, Real IRM Solutions, Rio Tinto, and the Open Group.