The standard for meta data developed as part of the e-government initiative formally received the approval of Cabinet just before Christmas.
Meta data is information that describes the characteristics and location of actual data pertaining to things and people stored in computer databases.
Cabinet’s approval of the standard, known as the NZ Government Locator Service (NZGLS), means government organisations will now be “required” to create meta data adhering to the standard, created by various government agencies co-ordinated by the State Services Commission’s e-government unit.
NZGLS is a necessary counterpart to the e-government portal, currently under development, and scheduled for release on July 1 this year. The portal is intended to allow users easy access to government services, even when they span more than one agency. Much of its value is therefore dependent on good quality and sufficient quantity of meta data, says State Services minister Trevor Mallard.
The contract for hosting the portal was awarded to Auckland and Wellington-based Datacom on December 19. Other contracts, related to the development of the portal, have yet to be announced, says an e-government unit spokesman.