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New Zealand launches SDI project

New Zealand: Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) launched spatial data infrastructure (SDI) project. The SDI will be provided by LINZ, through the New Zealand Geospatial Office (NZGO). In the first half of 2011, the NZGO will develop a design and implementation plan for the SDI.

Announcing the SDI project, Colin MacDonald, Chief Executive, LINZ, said “Cabinet has signalled that they recognise and support the need to build New Zealand’s geospatial capability and the establishment of a national SDI will be a vital step in this process.”

New Zealand’s disparate geospatial data systems are to be linked together in a spatial data infrastructure (SDI), following the approval of such a move by Cabinet. According to the LINZ website, “SDI is the technology, policies, standards, and human resources necessary to acquire, process, store, distribute and improve the usability of geospatial data. Essentially, it is the full framework supporting the use of geospatial information.”

The website also revealed that NZGO will work closely with government agencies, academia, the private sector and community groups to develop the implementation plan.

Two projects are already underway at Linz, an environmental and geospatial data catalogue, and a web-based service for accessing Linz data. They will be tied in with the SDI.

The Cabinet Paper outlining the case for a spatial data infrastructure can be viewed here.

Source: computerworld.co.nz