Statistics NZ takes commercial approach with census info update

Statistics New Zealand has taken a more realistic, commercial approach with version 3.0 of its census-based software, Supermap. Whereas buyers had no choice with Supermap 2.0 in that they had to buy the full product for $14,000 ex GST, Supermap 3 is available in modules, including a starter pack at $2950. The six modules are: personal demographics; housing and households; paid work by occupation; the non-labour force; meshblock profile of communities; and meshblock database of single census variables.

Statistics New Zealand has taken a more realistic, commercial approach with version 3.0 of its census-based software, Supermap.

Whereas buyers had no choice with Supermap 2.0 in that they had to buy the full product for $14,000 ex GST, Supermap 3 is available in modules, including a starter pack at $2950. The full six modules will cost $24,000 ex gst.

Supermap 3 is made up of three distinct data sets relative to the 1996 census: census of population and dwellings; digital boundaries (area unit, territorial authority, regional council and meshblock — city block); and image map and topographical information (street finder and terrain underlays, major roads, streets, rivers, railways and lakes).

The six modules are: personal demographics; housing and households; paid work by occupation; the non-labour force; meshblock profile of communities; and meshblock database of single census variables.

Though Supermap is proprietary software, it provides a Windows graphical user interface, and data can be exported into Excel, Lotus 1-2-3, txt tab delimiter and text format, and csv comma separated.

Data can also be imported into Supermap.

It’s a 32-bit application versus 16-bit for version 2.0, and comes on five CDs providing 1.2Gb of data when fully unzipped.

“The new information in Supermap 3 has been driven by our customers,” says spokesman Mike Kirkman.

Just 180 organisations bought Super-map 2, perhaps understandable at the all-in price.

Statistics is confident the new pricing format will ensure the latest version will have a broader market, given its capabilities of providing research and marketing data for profiling people living or working in any area of New Zealand.

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