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Open Data, Open Potential

Letter to the International Open Data Charter held by Minister & GCDS

An event held on 2 March 2018.

More than 200 members of the open data community – from within and outside government – gathered in Wellington to witness the Minister of Statistics Hon James Shaw and Government Chief Data Steward (GCDS) Liz MacPherson co-sign New Zealand’s Open Data Charter letter, cementing the government’s commitment to adopting the Open Data Charter

The Open Data Charter principles will be implemented through the Open Data  Action Plan for which the GCDS has responsibility. The action plan is accompanied by an implementation plan containing time-bound activities and milestones, and describing how the action plan will be delivered.

About the event

Kicking off with the Open Data, Open Potential video, the Stats NZ-hosted event showcased innovative and potentially life-changing software and apps currently being developed using open and integrated data.

The Minister of Statistics spoke of his aspirations resulting from the action plan, while the GCDS outlined how Stats NZ would support the plan's implementation.

Event programme

More information

Open Data Action Plan and Implementation Plan - how Stats NZ will accelerate the release and reuse of open government data, and develop an enabling open data environment.

Background to the Open Data Action Plan -  the value of open government data, the action plan goals, and the challenges we have to address.

Data leadership at Stats NZ - about Stats NZ's role as the lead agency for government-held data, and the services and frameworks we're developing to support this role.

LINZ Data Service - free online access to New Zealand’s most up-to-date land and seabed data.

Have your say

Our intention is to keep the Open Data Action Plan relevant, effective, and working towards the best interest of New Zealanders. Tell us what you think the priorities should be, what's missing from the action plan, and any questions you have. Join in the Loomio discussion or email