Overview

We will drive the delivery of accessible and usable geographic information for industry and government to provoke better decisions and inspire innovation.

We are leading the development of a national infrastructure for geographic information (also called a spatial data infrastructure or SDI) for New Zealand. The national infrastructure for geographic information links the different geospatial datasets to make them more easily accessible and usable for all potential users.

In four years

In the next four years we will have achieved:

  • ongoing development and maintenance of a national infrastructure for geographic information
  • geographic information being used in the decisions and operations of the public, Māori and iwi, industry and government (for example to contribute to long term planning and evidence-based investment in infrastructure)
  • widespread understanding and communication on the value of geographic information, including quantified benefits and costs.

New work to increase the use of geographic information

We are developing a suite of programmes and projects to increase the use of geographic information. Some of the outcomes of these programmes and projects will be:

  • continuing to support government agencies to make their data open and accessible
  • building capability in managing geographic information through the Natural Resources Sector Information Programme
  • leading delivery of a national infrastructure for geographic information
  • measuring the value of geographic information and regularly promoting this to decision-makers and leaders
  • providing expertise, support and service for publishing geographic information: we will enable publishing of geographic information within New Zealand via the LINZ Data Service (LDS).

Core functions that support increasing the use of geographic information

Our role is to develop and lead a location system that will better inform any decision where geographic information matters.

We manage and develop existing national datasets of fundamental geographic information and release them for others to use and reuse. This includes topographic maps and nautical charts, property information and aerial imagery. Much of our data is currently available free online in readily reusable formats through the LDS. We support the New Zealand Geographic Board in its administration of place names in New Zealand.

Measuring and monitoring our success

In the short term, to drive our performance in increasing the use of geographic information, we will monitor improvements in our geographic information and better understand how we are supporting other organisations to increase the use of geographic information. In the longer term, success for each strategic objective will be measured through its contribution to achieving our overall goal to grow by tenfold the value created for New Zealand over the next decade.