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NZ Gov Wins Prestigious Spatial Award
Source: futuregov.asia
Source Date: Friday, November 23, 2012
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Internet Governance
Country: New Zealand
Created: Nov 27, 2012

Land Information Office New Zealand (LINZ) has clinched a regional Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence award for the innovative management of spatial information, while making this data more widely available to citizens.

This Asia Pacific Excellence Award acknowledges work spearheaded by LINZ to develop and implement the LINZ Data Service (LDS). The LDS is New Zealand’s first standards-compliant service that offers free and open access to government-held public data.

This service is offered free of charge and on-line. Up to 3,500 users are currently subscribing to the service. These subscribers include state and local agencies, as well as individual users. Each month, more than 200 end users are signing up.

Jan Pierce, General Manager Customer Services, LINZ, told FutureGov this project will improve the way New Zealanders find, use and share geospatial information. It sets new benchmarks with how agencies manage and share spatial information.

“We started work on the project in November 2010 in partnership with a software solutions provider,” she says. “The aim was to open up data access and support easy on-line downloads.”

This spatial data is hosted in the cloud, while utilising software-as-a-service offerings. End users can download data to PCs, tablets, smartphones, and other devices with internet access.

Under this award-winning initiative, LINZ is making land and seabed information more accessible, while ensuring data is reliable, up-to-date and fit for purpose.

More broadly, spatial information also incorporates topographic data, information relating to hydrographic surveys, and more detailed mapping of street addresses.

LINZ coordinates and leads the New Zealand government’s Geospatial Strategy. This strategy, launched in 2007, seeks to open up access to geospatial data, while delivering productivity gains.

Other agencies using geospatial tools include NZ Fire Services, Ministry of Fisheries, NZ Police, Statistics NZ, Ministry for the Environment, and Dunedin City Council.

ICT innovations featured at FutureGov Forum New Zealand (Tuesday 28th May 2013, Wellington). Visit http://www.futuregov.asia/events/futuregov-new-zealand-2013/
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