Linz tells us where it's at, for free

New Zealand's topographical database, describing land features and artificial changes ranging from buildings to boat ramps, is to be made available online and free of charge.

New Zealand’s topographical database, describing land features and artificial changes ranging from buildings to boat ramps, is to be made available online and free of charge.

The new offering, called NZTopoOnline, will be publicly accessible on the Land Information NZ website.

The original database, NZTopo, essentially a digital version of the 1:500,000-scale map series, has been in existence since 1999 for over-the-counter purchase on CD-Rom.

At the same time as the NZTopoOnline release — an official launch is due in late September — Linz will launch PositioNZ, which will give us the real oil on where we all are in the world. PositioNZ comprises “a network of 15 continuously recording GPS stations throughout the North Island and represents the ongoing development of New Zealand’s geodetic spatial reference system”, says Linz.

It will provide information relating the positions of the stations to a standard geodetic grid, a crucial base for the survey and title information disseminated and collected through Landonline.

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