03 Sep 2012 to 03 Sep 2012
As we look to digital technology to assist us in how we plan for, respond to and recover from natural events, we need to invest in technology for data discovery, access, dissemination, integration and re-use. We also need to look at how we make our data available, and the role Government plays in this. This paper will discuss progress being made by a collection of New Zealand government agencies to investigate a solution to enable open, shared access to government data.
Across government and the private sector, the response to the call for data following the Canterbury earthquakes was above and beyond what was expected. From lidar to imagery and geodetic, data to support the initial response and recovery was produced swiftly and in quantity. However, this incredibly positive response posed challenges for data discoverability, accessibility and availability.
While these challenges are not unique to the situation in Canterbury, they are felt most keenly in times of crisis and can have a detrimental impact on our ability to be prepared for, respond to, and recover from natural hazards.
With these challenges in mind, Land Information New Zealand is leading a cross-agency working group to develop an indicative business case for multiagency Open Data Services. This service will cater for government open data in the first instance.
Based on the successful LINZ Data Service model or similar, open, shared services have the potential to remove technology as a barrier and would avoid agencies investing in point-to-point solutions that are unhelpful for end users and that duplicate investment across government as a whole.
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