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Data.govt.nz

Data.govt.nz helps people discover and use open data easily; empowering, enabling informed decision making, and problem-solving for citizens and business alike.

Users can search for, explore and download thousands of freely usable datasets released by New Zealand Government organisations, as well as finding out about how to use, release open data effectively.

Data.govt.nz is an All-of-Government service with ongoing techincal development lead by Government Information Services at the Department of Internal Affairs, and content production lead by Stats NZ.

History

Data.govt.nz launch

For background information about the launch of this site see Internal Affairs Minister Nathan Guy's media release (4 November 2009).

Independant review

In November 2011 data.govt.nz was independently reviewed by the former Director for Transparency and Digital Engagement for the UK Government.
The review concluded that while improvements could be made it "is a well designed and professional run website - more so than some of its international peers."

Read the final review report and response to the review.

Introduction of the CKAN catalogue

In June 2016, after evaluating options for a more internally supported data portal system, CKAN was selected and tested with users through beta.data.govt.nz.

Read the blog post about the new CKAN data portal.

 

In April 2017, the new production version of the CKAN data catalogue alongside the main data.govt.nz information website was launched:

Read our CKAN launch blog.

Partnership between DIA and Stats NZ

With the establishment of the Government Chief Data Steward at Stats NZ, as of 2018 the GCDO and GCDS now jointly make use of data.govt.nz as the "front-door" for all things data in government.


Read more about the codesign and partnership approach for data.govt.nz