Monday, 14 July 2014

We want your tracks data!

with a national focus for all ...

BACKGROUND
The LGGA, along with Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), Walking Access Commission and Department of Conservation have been working together to develop a National Draft Data Model for 'Walking and Cycling Tracks data'.  
The purpose of this project is to create a national dataset of tracks data that is available for the public to use.  This national dataset will be coordinated by LINZ and ultimately used in the 1:50,000 LINZ maps.




The wider intention of this project is to

1.       Review current collaboration between agencies at a local, regional and national level, and identify potential improvements
2.       Develop a central data repository
3.       Create a method for councils to easily update national datasets
4.       Capture data to inform 50k LINZ maps
HOW CAN YOU HELP!

Firstly, we are after open data (i.e. data that can be released and re-released by a 3rd party without financial or any other payment and with limited restrictions) – for example CC-by (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/nz/).  If you do not have clear licensing set up for your tracks data, LINZ is happy to assist in getting you over that hurdle.  Please contact Brent Robertson (brobertson@linz.govt.nz).  LINZ will attribute the data suppliers in the national dataset.
There are two options for getting tracks data to LINZ:

1.       PREFERRED OPTION: Map your tracks data into the tracks data model (there is a guide and some tools available here http://lgga-nz.blogspot.co.nz/p/tracks-project.html) and send it through to Brent Robertson (brobertson@linz.govt.nzby 31st July 2014.

2.       IF NOTHING ELSE OPTION: Simply extract your tracks data from your database (in a common geo data format, shape, geodatabase, kml, map info, etc) and send it through to Brent Robertson (brobertson@linz.govt.nz).  If you have a description/metadata and spec you use to manage this data, please send that through too by 31st July 2014.
At the moment LINZ are very happy to receive the data via an email to Brent if that is easiest, or they can also provide an FTP drop point (or equivalent).  If your data is already available via web download or web services (e.g. WFS) – please provide LINZ the details and they’ll help themselves and when they’ve got your data they will inform you that they have it.
Timeframe:  we want to have lots of data ready to show people at the ESRI User Group Conference, therefore please send LINZ this data by 31st July.
Many thanks in advance and LGGA and LINZ are looking forward to working with you all towards a national tracks dataset.
Cheers
The tracks project team

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