Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) hosts New Zealand’s across-government Open Government Information and Data Programme (Open Data NZ). Open Data NZ takes a collaborative approach to make government-held information and datasets widely available for agencies, communities and businesses to re-use.
In promoting open government information and data, Open Data NZ is key in helping New Zealand maintain its strong history of being an open and transparent government. This supports New Zealand’s commitment to increase public participation and transparency as a member of the Open Government Partnership.
The programme aims to:
- make non-personal government-held data and information more widely available and discoverable, easily usable and compliant with open government data principles within the NZ legal context; and
- facilitate agencies’ release of the non-personal government-held data and information that people, communities, and businesses want to use and re-use.
The programme was initiated in 2008 and is currently hosted by Land Information New Zealand.
Minister Mark Mitchell is now the Minister for Land Information announced by Prime Minister Bill English as part of his new Ministerial line- up.
Minister Mitchell is also the Minister of Statistics and Associate Minister of Justice.
Before becoming the MP for Rodney in 2011, Minister Mitchell worked in farming, the New Zealand Police Force and in business.
Open Data NZ currently helps drive the release and reuse of open government data.
Shifting the culture change to an 'open by default' approach remains the main challenge the open data ecosystem faces. Each government agency is encouraged to appoint an executive Data Champion to maintain ownership to lead the release of open data across their agency as an important driver for change. Data Champions are also a key point of contact for other government agencies/external users.
The Data Champion Network remains a key enabler of the work underway across the New Zealand government to release open data. Data Champions provide core entry points into an agency or local authority and ensures engagement at the right level, in the right way.
If your interested in either appointing a Data Champion for your agency, becoming a Data Champion or interested in connecting with the Data Champions community - please email us via firstname.lastname@example.org
Current activities for the Programme include:
- - Supporting central government data supply
- - Encouraging wider public sector data supply, including local government
- - Understanding user demand for public data
- - Government information and data strategy and policy, including actions in the ICT Strategy and supporting work programme
- - Strategic oversight of other agency/sector-led projects.