Delighted to announce Statistics New Zealand’s data service prototype https://t.co/nSPqjZCJIH Tell us what you think.
— Liz MacPherson (@GovStatistician) December 10, 2015
The Statistics NZ Geospatial team releases statistical boundaries on an annual basis for a variety of users including private sector companies, academic researchers, other government agencies and many more. The boundaries include Meshblocks, Area Units, Territorial Authorities, Regional Councils, Community Boards, Urban Areas, Wards, Constituency and Maori Constituency boundaries.
In previous years these files have been released as a downloadable zip file on the Statistics NZ website. Moving to the data service powered by Koordinates will allow these datasets to be more readily appraised and accessed by users. The initial launch includes the Meshblock dataset from Census 2013.
As we see momentum building amongst Government agencies wanting to make their data more accessible, there’s an accompanying drive for openness and trust amongst the people behind these projects. Statistics NZ Senior Researcher, Eli Chadwick oversaw implementation of the new data service and shared his views:
“Putting the power in the hands of our customers to get the data they want in the format they want will significantly reduce the overhead required to manually service custom data requests as well as introducing services that were previously not possible. It gives Statistics NZ a valuable method for data transmission that has never previously existed.”
Improving data access is a key building block in the pursuit of economic, environmental and social prosperity, so we’re excited to have an agency of the calibre of Statistics NZ helping make New Zealand a better place.