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Data and digital standards community of practice

A data and digital standards focused community for public service staff interested in standards. The community aims to foster better outcomes for Aotearoa NZ, by improving the quality and interoperability of data and digital, and helping the public sector make better decisions and provide joined up services.

What is the Community of Practice?

The CoP aims to help Aotearoa NZ provide better outcomes via better decision making, and joined up data and digital services. This is not possible without the use of data and digital standards.

Standards also play a key part in the Strategy for a Digital Public Service and the Data Strategy and Roadmap For New Zealand. 

The Strategy for a Digital Public Service
The Data Strategy and Roadmap for New Zealand

The community of practice is:

  • a place to seek advice
  • a place to learn
  • a place to share and connect 
  • a safe place - all questions and viewpoints are welcome 
  • a place to honour and progress the Crown-Māori relationship.

The Data and Digital Community of Practice replaces an existing Data Standards Community of Practice, broadening it to include digital standards.

What are data and digital standards?

Data standards are the rules by which data are described and recorded. In order to share, exchange, and understand data, we must standardize the format as well as the meaning.

Digital standards help agencies to follow the same standards and frameworks. It sets a guideline to agree and implement processes for common business processes such as finance, HR and payroll functions to reduce unnecessary difference when operating across different agencies.

Who can be involved?

The community of practice is open to all employees of Aotearoa NZ government organisations interested in data and digital standards. Generally, the community of practice meets approximately every 3 months, for a minimum of two hours.

How to find out more?

To learn more, you can read the CoP's terms of reference, learn about the organising committee, or contact

The CoP’s terms of reference
Organising committee

Contact us

If you’d like more information, have a question, or want to provide feedback, email

Content last reviewed 20 January 2021.