Internal Affairs Minister reveals more detail on open data

Chris Tremain cites two examples of private sector use of government data

Minister of Internal Affairs Chris Tremain has revealed a little more detail of the use of high-value government-agency data opened for public reuse.

In the course of his introduction to the FutureGov conference in Wellington recently he cited a private developer’s use of Land Information NZ Linz topographical maps and survey data to “provide the basis of an online application to inform contractors of the location of underground assets before they start excavations.”

Government data on soil strength is being used to calculate the cost of laying broadband cable in trenches, Tremain says, thus furthering and helping control the cost of developments such as the Ultra Fast Broadband network.

Another developer has combined recreational fishing regulations information created by the Ministry of Fisheries – now part of the Ministry for Primary Industries – with tide tables to produce a mobile application for anglers.

As a result of an initiative for government agencies to release high-value data with reuse potential, 27 government departments have so far released such data, Tremain told the conference.

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