What is the LINZ Data Service?
Free, online access to pure, unadulterated data – that is the LINZ Data Service. The LINZ Data Service helps you discover and access LINZ's most up to date land and seabed data so you can use it to create new and improved products and services.
We don’t do anything fancy with the data – we leave that to you and your imagination…
- Apply our topographic map data as a background layer in your mapping service
- Integrate our property data with your own for land development planning
- Visualise our hydrographic sounding data in 3D within your own GIS system
- And much more
The choice is yours.
Open data opening the door
Location-based information supports a huge range of activities and is crucial to decision-making. From identifying flooding hazards to finding the shortest route between two cities – the application of geospatial data is changing the way we work, live and play.
LINZ manages a large number of geospatial and non-spatial datasets related to New Zealand’s land and seabed. The LINZ Data Service uses a Creative Commons open licensing to provide open, public access to these datasets for use, reuse and sharing. By providing business, government and the community with direct access to our most up to date data, the LINZ Data Service is opening the door to innovation and enterprise.
You can access our data via our easy to use website, which allows you to:
- search and browse for data
- add layers to your map cart
- visualise data in your map
- crop datasets to your area of interest
- download data in various formats
- integrate the web services into your own applications.
The LINZ Data Service is built on an open source platform and employs open standards for data description and access. The application uses technology developed by Koordinates Ltd.
The origins of LDS
LINZ is the lead agency of the New Zealand Geospatial Strategy, and is leading by example in establishing the LINZ Data Service – the very first open government data portal in New Zealand to follow the standards set by the New Zealand Geospatial Office.
A report on spatial information in the New Zealand economy indicated barriers to the use and reuse of New Zealand’s geospatial data, preventing an estimated $1.2 billion in economic growth. Research showed that for every dollar invested in overcoming these barriers there would also be an estimated return of at least five to one. Because LINZ holds nationally significant geospatial data and is playing a key role in the implementation of the strategy, LINZ is committed to improving the discoverability and access of its own data.
Future development plans
The LINZ Data Service will evolve and improve over time in response to user feedback. During 2013, LINZ will implement new features to improve access to and visualisation of our data, streamline service and data management, and provide new datasets. These include:
- Cartography and tile services
- Attribute metadata
- Improved file repository
- Sets (groupings of related layers)