Online provision of land information has not always been an easy road, but Land Information NZ last week considered its developments were ready enough for an official launch and an overarching brand — eInitiatives.
The launch proper concerned free online map provision service NZTopoOnline and geodetic locator system PositioNZ (see Linz tells us where it's at, for free).
TopoOnline means no more having to buy maps for that journey or surveying exercise, and especially no need to buy two because you’re travelling across a “join”.
Maps can be selected to include the whole pertinent area on one sheet, and printed out at the user’s PC. TopoOnline will also be of value to emergency services, says Linz chief Russ Ballard.
PositioNZ tracks against an international grid the accurate position of about 30 global positioning reference points. Movements of the New Zealand land mass, currently clocking about 5cm a year in various directions, can be tracked, and the temporary effect of earthquakes seen in terms of movement north-south, east-west and up-down.
The grid will be used by a range of people, from surveyors to trampers, to calibrate their own GPS equipment.
The launch also featured demonstrations of Landonline, now into a pilot of its second stage, allowing online submission of information, and Linz’s new website and presence on the e-government portal, with 29 services.
The website now groups services according to the needs of various kinds of users, who get their own mini-portals.
Previously, they were grouped according to Linz’s organisational structure.