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LINZ to invest millions in data service

New Zealand: Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) will invest USD 3.1 million over six years to establish and support the LINZ Data Service. Jan Pierce, General Manager (customer services), LINZ, made this announcement at GIS senior executive summit held by Eagle Technology.

Pierce said agencies currently pay around USD 10,000 to USD 20,000 per year for LINZ and other data. “The research we undertook indicated that there are 68 local and central government agencies that currently use third parties but would prefer to source their data directly from LINZ,” she said.

“This is projected to result in efficiency savings of between USD 680,000 and USD 1.3 million per year across government,” she added. The benefits of establishing the Data Service suggested a return of 10:1 through removing access barriers. “This is likely to show an increase in the market in a range of USD 4-7 million per year. Through the LINZ Data Service, we will have an exemplar data service, with access barriers removed from LINZ datasets. No matter how accurate your data is, it is of no value if locked away and out of the reach of a wider community,” she continued.

Source: computerworld.co.nz