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Land information mashup for Canterbury

New Zealand: Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) announced its sponsorship of the Support for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Data Mashup category in The Great New Zealand Remix and Mashup Competition launched in Auckland this week.

The LINZ sponsored category calls for the development of an application that best supports the Canterbury earthquake recovery using at least one piece of New Zealand central or local government data. LINZ encourages the applications to combine or remix data from its recently launched LINZ Data Service.

“LINZ’s sponsorship of this category will assist the Canterbury recovery and promote the use of open data,” said LINZ Customer Services General Manager Jan Pierce.

The LINZ Data Service contains over 700 layers of geodetic, cadastral, titles, topographic and hydrographic datasets. Releasing the data for public access is part of LINZ’s involvement in the Government’s Open Data project.

Use and re-use of spatial data is estimated to bring in over a USD 1 billion in productivity related benefits to the New Zealand economy. According to Ms Pierce, promoting use of the LINZ Data is an important aspect of delivering accessible and useable geospatial information.

“Freeing up access to geospatial data will unlock potential for new and better products that will create economic benefits for New Zealand as a whole,” she said.

Source: LINZ