New Zealand unlocks aerial imagery data for public use

New Zealand unlocks aerial imagery data for public use

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New Zealand: Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson has said that 85% of New Zealand’s most current publicly held aerial imagery data has been opened up for public reuse. Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), as the steward of imagery, has been working with other agencies since 2011 to make available such data under open licence. “Until recently, only 6% of New Zealand’s land area imagery was available publicly, and most government-held imagery was stored on internal systems. This made imagery data difficult to find and access – even when needed for nationally significant projects such as the Canterbury rebuild,” he said.

“Unlocking aerial imagery under open licence will lead to time and cost savings, and helps deliver on the Government objective to have all public sector agencies releasing high value public data for reuse. LINZ is intending to launch an online service in 2014 to provide improved access to the public sector’s imagery data,” said Williamson.

Source: Scoop, NZ