Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Sometimes good news crosses your desk - and here's good news ...


A story of success one year on:

A year ago we approached you for your tracks data to have it included in a national dataset of Walking and Biking Tracks.

You and the LGGA project team made this happen and a national tracks dataset has been available from the LINZ data service since October 2014.

It’s a significant achievement and the project team are really pleased to report on this.

It has been well used since it was made available:

3,405 views and
361 downloads by October 2015.



The dataset data is now an integral layer for wams.org.nz, giving their users the ability to nationally view and search within the mapping site. (See below a visualisation of where people have been using the data from WAMS)
Visual representation of usage of NZ tracks data on wams.

We have also had reports of how useful it is to central government, other organisations and individuals. It is rewarding to hear that – you put in effort to get the data collated; then the project team worked very hard to pull it all together into a single dataset.


What next?


Now we are taking a deep breath and asking you for your data again. For some of you this will be an update. For some of you, this will your first time and we welcome getting your data.

We would like to have a push to get the data updated before the summer ready for all those folks who will be getting out and about. Last year there was a noticeable spike in usage in December.


Information to help you provide the data:
  • If you haven’t supplied data before, the best place to start is the User Guide and data templates. 
  • The project team have recently added a domain to describe spatial accuracy which can be downloaded in excel or this google sheet.
  • Also don’t forget each of your tracks should have a unique number

There are a few options for getting tracks data to LINZ:

WEB SERVICE: 

If your data is already available in the standard via web download or web services (e.g. WFS) – please provide LINZ the details through to Customer Services (customersupport at linz.govt.nz) with the specific subject line “LGGA National Tracks by 11th December 2015 and they’ll help themselves. LINZ will inform you when they have picked up the data.

ADOPT DATA STRUCTURE: 

Map your tracks data into the tracks data model (based on the guide and data templates http://lgga-nz.blogspot.co.nz/p/tracks-project.html) and send it through to Customer Services (customersupport at linz.govt.nz) with the specific subject line “LGGA National Tracks” by 11th December 2015.

JUST GIVE US YOUR TRACKS: 

Simply extract your existing tracks data from your database (in a common geo data format, shape, geodatabase, kml, map info, etc) and send it through to Customer Services (customersupport at linz.govt.nz) with the specific subject line “LGGA National Tracks”. If you have a description/metadata and spec you use to manage this data, please send that through too by 11th December 2015.  LINZ will then process the information for you into the agreed data structure.

FTP OPTION:

A secure FTP site has been setup at LINZ for you to upload your tracks data.  Please contact Brent Robertson brobertson at linz.govt.nz for the FTP login details


Once again the Local Government Geospatial Alliance (LGGA) and LINZ appreciate your assistance and are looking forward to having an updated national Walking and Biking Tracks dataset.

Statistical Standard for Geographic Areas (SSGA) consultation Phase 1

Dear GIS users and users of small area data

Statistics New Zealand are currently undertaking a major review of our statistical geographies and will shortly be seeking feedback on these geographies.

The review of the Statistical Standard for Geographic Areas (SSGA) will:
·       determine the optimal statistical geographies required for outputting Statistics NZ data
·       develop a set of statistical geographies for output purposes, and
·       define the geographic concepts, standards, boundaries, and maintenance strategies.

The SSGA review is being completed in two phases. In phase 1, we are reviewing small area output geographies (including area units), and the urban/rural classification. In phase 2, we'll look at other relevant geographies that will make our data more meaningful for you. These may include geographies relevant to a super-city, Maori, or even labour market areas. The standards and concepts for phase 1 geographies are being established in 2015 - 16 and boundaries will be set in 2016 -17. Phase 2 will commence in 2018.

Consultation for phase 1 of the Statistical Standard for Geographic Areas (SSGA) is now open.

An overview of the SSGA review, and consultation papers on small area output geographies and the urban/rural classification are available on our website - http://www.stats.govt.nz/methods/classifications-and-standards/current-classifications-and-standards-review/stat-std-geo-areas-2015-review.aspx.

We’d love to hear from you, so you can help us help you. Please send your feedback by 8am Monday 14 December 2015. You can either complete the consultation using the online form or join the discussion on Loomio. All details are available in the consultation papers.

As key users of our data, your feedback is important to help determine the optimal statistical geographies needed for producing data and we look forward to receiving your feedback.

Regards

Tania Te Hira
GEOGRAPHY REVIEW
Statistical Standard for Geographic Areas Review
Geospatial Team
Statistics New Zealand - Tatauranga Aotearoa | Dollan House, 401 Madras Street,  Private Bag 4741, CHRISTCHURCH 8140
GeographyReview@stats.govt.nz


Monday, 23 November 2015

Historic Imagery is here

Are you a history buff or interested in changes in land use over time?  Then you’ll be glad to hear that LINZ has made a handful of digitised images from the Crown historic aerial photo archive available for download from Flickr.


LINZ has published them to showcase this valuable content and trial ways of distributing images in the archive. Great progress has been made to date, with 20% of the archive now digitised.

Digitised Historic Aerial Surveys Available for Download (1936-2005) layer shows the extents of the digitised surveys published on Flickr.

NZ Aerial Photo Footprints (1936-2005) layer shows the extent of each photo within the archive. Due to the feature density of the dataset, we recommend you download a cropped area of data and view it in a GIS for easier analysis. The ‘scanned’ column tells you whether the photo has been scanned yet. See the article on WFS filtering below to download a file from this dataset of only the records that have been scanned.

harbour view
The scanning was enabled only with contribution from the following project partners:
 (All LGGA members by the way)
  • Auckland Council
  • Bay of Plenty Regional Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Gisborne Regional Council
  • Hawkes Bay Regional Council
  • Waikato Regional Council

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Building & Resource Consents Survey

LGGA recently ran a survey to find out about your consents data.  Our aim was to gather information and use this to help improve the way we manage and deliver consents data nationally.

Of the 78 local authorities in New Zealand, 43 organisations took the time to provide a response, which equates to a healthy 55% survey response rate.  Of the organisations who did respond 100% were willing to consider adopting a national standard for recording spatial information for consents.  

This sends a clear message to LGGA that we could make a real difference in improving consents data.

In summary, the survey found we are all maintaining a unique identifier for our consents.  In terms of location, most of us are currently storing our building consents based on property, with more than half the respondents recording specific locations for resource consents.  Average consent data supply is monthly, with the data going out to a wide range of audiences, but very few of us are supplying consent data online.
 
Our first step is to focus on creating a framework for a national building consents dataset.  Our aim will be to keep things simple to ensure all Councils can be involved.


We will work directly with the people who responded to the survey, but don’t forget to sign up to the LGGA blog to receive project updates.



Wednesday, 5 August 2015

NZ Spatial Excellence Awards - 

Note: Extended to close 21st August 2015!


Celebrating Excellence

Following the successful launch of the the New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards (NZSEA) in 2014 the founding partners are excited to announce that applications for the 2015 awards are now open.

The Awards seek out and give recognition to the best, the high achievers, and the contributors who set the benchmarks that others will follow - becoming the role models for the next generation of our profession.
The Awards are a joint venture between the spatial profession, business and government to hold annual awards for all sectors, disciplines and communities that make up the spatial industry. Each partner will contribute its resources and expertise to make sure the awards reach the highest standards of excellence and independence.


2015 Award Ceremony


The organising committee for the New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards is pleased to announce the 2015  awards will take place at the Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, on Thursday 19 November.

The 2015 NZSEA Awards are open - closing date is 21st August 2015

for more details ... http://www.nzspatialawards.org.nz/

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Closing date is 7th August for the 2015 NZSEA Awards - Don't forget!

NZ Spatial Excellence Awards


Celebrating Excellence

Following the successful launch of the the New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards (NZSEA) in 2014 the founding partners are excited to announce that applications for the 2015 awards are now open.
 
The Awards seek out and give recognition to the best, the high achievers, and the contributors who set the benchmarks that others will follow - becoming the role models for the next generation of our profession.
The Awards are a joint venture between the spatial profession, business and government to hold annual awards for all sectors, disciplines and communities that make up the spatial industry. Each partner will contribute its resources and expertise to make sure the awards reach the highest standards of excellence and independence.


2015 Award Ceremony


The organising committee for the New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards is pleased to announce the 2015  awards will take place at the Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, on Thursday 19 November.

The 2015 NZSEA Awards are open - closing date is 7th August 2015

for more details ... http://www.nzspatialawards.org.nz/


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Transpower Map Services - openData as it should be done.




Transpower have recently announced the availability via online services of some of its core data layers with a CC BY license.





This is a great example of organisations sharing their core datasets via online API's through the creative commons licensing model.

This sharing allows each consuming organisations to have access to update to date and relevant data for their own purposes straight from the source.




Below is the detail that Transpower released on their openData services.



Geospatial data layers are now available via as map services on the Transpower website

We encourage GIS users to reference these map services instead of any older data supplies which you may have. The map service layers are kept up to date for changes to the Transmission network. The transmission network is largely static but changes do take place when lines are realigned.

Data updates will also help to show which infrastructure is currently owned by Transpower as a number of assets have been transferred to Network Companies in the recent past.

The layers which are available as part of our initial release are outlined below. Please get in touch if you have any questions relating to this service.

Contact details for Transpower re: these GIS Services is geospatial@transpower.co.nz


Service description
Service name
Under licence
Metadata location
Transmission Lines (owned by Transpower only)
Transmission lines
CC 3.0 CC-BY
Not yet available
Spans (owned by Transpower only)
Spans
CC 3.0 CC-BY
Structures (centre points)
Structures
CC 3.0 CC-BY
Substations
Sites
CC 3.0 CC-BY
Service Provider Boundaries (Contractor in charge of Transmission lines in an area)
LineAreaContacts
CC 3.0 CC-BY
Not yet available
Cook Straight Protection Zone for undersea cable
CPZ
CC 3.0 CC-BY
Not yet available
Access routes to transmission assets
Approved users only
TP-Limited
Not yet available
Transpower Fibre
Approved users only
TP-Limited
Not yet available














Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Why local govt should engage with openData?

Do you need convincing that releasing geospatial data is the right thing to do for local govt?

Watch this engaging talk from a recent talk on TED to find out why?

You will be convinced, so check out our 'toolkit' page for resources available to help you start the journey towards openData ....



from our toolkit page ....

Releasing Council Geospatial Data

Creative Commons licensing can be used to release the bulk of Geospatial data. Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 New Zealand License (CC BY 3.0) is the most appropriate licence to use.

Prior to release, the data needs to be checked to ensure:


  • It belongs to the council who intends to give it out
  • It can be provided
  • It has quality metadata
The issuing council is responsible for performing this check. If it doesn’t meet these criteria it cannot be provided.

Justification for this decision
New Zealand has a strong history of open and transparent government that is internationally recognised.  One of the pillars of open and transparent government is open government data and information.
Evidence suggests that opening up this information for re-use has considerable and widespread benefits to government, industry and the public.  At the same time, technological and cultural advances also make it cheaper and easier to do.
A number of resources have been referred to in arriving at the above standpoint. These include:
NZGOAL Advice on using the Creative Commons licenses – Legal opinion from A J Park, 14 April 2011 

Guidance and resources with more detail:


Monday, 8 June 2015

Kids in schools learning about GIS

Recently the NZ Geospatial Office, who convene a Geospatial Capability Committee, held a High Country hi-tech Virtual Field Trip for schools introducing GIS concepts to schools and capturing the kids interest in attending with a competition about drones.  It sounds like a successful trip.



You might like to check out the videos on the LEARNZ Vimeo website - https://vimeo.com/album/2992001 including one with Jana Kaeppeler (GIS Officer at Mackenzie DC) entitled “Using GIS and sharing data” that shows students some of the common data layers that local government GIS/mapping applications typically use.  At the end it suggests that students check out their local council to see what online maps and GIS data they have.



You never know, a student near you might start asking about GIS data or careers in GIS!

By all means pass on the link to the site to people you know who have young people grappling about careers.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Gill Lawrence, LG rep on the Geospatial Capability Committee. (Contact email: gill dot lawrence at waikatoregion dot govt dot nz )

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Consents survey closes this Friday (5th June)

Just a reminder that our consents survey closes this Friday (5th June).
We have received an 18% response rate so far, but we were hoping we can do better than that.

You can see below which councils sent us a survey, many thanks!

Can you please spare 5 minutes to complete the survey by this Friday and or encourage the other councils in your area to do the same. 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NGZSLSX

Cheers
LGGA Team

 
Local Authority
Response
Ashburton District Council
Survey Completed - thanks
Auckland Council
Response not yet received
Buller District Council
Response not yet received
Bay of Plenty Regional Council
Resource Consents response - thanks
Canterbury Regional Council
Resource Consents response - thanks
Carterton District Council
Response not yet received
Central Hawke's Bay District Council
Response not yet received
Central Otago District Council
Response not yet received
Chatham Islands Council
Response not yet received
Christchurch City Council
Response not yet received
Clutha District Council
Response not yet received
Dunedin City Council
Response not yet received
Far North District Council
Response not yet received
Gisborne District Council
Resource Consents response - thanks
Gore District Council
Response not yet received
Grey District Council
Response not yet received
Hamilton City Council
Response not yet received
Hastings District Council
Response not yet received
Hauraki District Council
Response not yet received
Hawke's Bay Regional Council
Resource Consents response - thanks
Horowhenua District Council
Viewed Survey but response not yet received
Hurunui District Council
Viewed Survey but response not yet received
Hutt City Council
Response not yet received
Invercargill City Council
Response not yet received
Kaikoura District Council
Response not yet received
Kaipara District Council
Response not yet received
Kapiti Coast District Council
Response not yet received
Kawerau District Council
Response not yet received
Mackenzie District Council
Response not yet received
Manawatu District Council
Response not yet received
Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Council
Resource Consents response - thanks
Marlborough District Council
Response not yet received
Masterton District Council
Response not yet received
Matamata-Piako District Council
Response not yet received
Napier City Council
Survey Completed - thanks
Nelson City Council
Survey Completed - thanks
New Plymouth District Council
Response not yet received
Northland Regional Council
Response not yet received
Opotiki District Council
Response not yet received
Otago Regional Council
Response not yet received
Otorohanga District Council
Response not yet received
Palmerston North City Council
Response not yet received
Porirua City Council
Response not yet received
Queenstown-Lakes District Council
Response not yet received
Rangitikei District Council
Response not yet received
Rotorua District Council
Response not yet received
Ruapehu District Council
Response not yet received
Selwyn District Council
Survey Completed - thanks
South Taranaki District Council
Response not yet received
South Waikato District Council
Response not yet received
South Wairarapa District Council
Response not yet received
Southland District Council
Response not yet received
Southland Regional Council
Response not yet received
Stratford District Council
Response not yet received
Taranaki Regional Council
Resource Consents response - thanks
Tararua District Council
Response not yet received
Tasman District Council
Survey Completed - thanks
Taupo District Council
Building Consents response - thanks
Tauranga City Council
Response not yet received
Thames-Coromandel District Council
Response not yet received
Timaru District Council
Response not yet received
Upper Hutt City Council
Response not yet received
Waikato District Council
Response not yet received
Waikato Regional Council
Response not yet received
Waimakariri District Council
Viewed Survey but response not yet received
Waimate District Council
Resource Consents response - thanks
Waipa District Council
Survey Completed - thanks
Wairoa District
Response not yet received
Waitaki District
Response not yet received
Waitomo District
Response not yet received
Wanganui District
Building Consents response - thanks
Wellington City
Response not yet received
Western Bay of Plenty District
Response not yet received
Westland District
Viewed Survey but response not yet received
Whakatane District
Survey Completed - thanks
Whangarei District
Response not yet received
Wairoa District Council
Response not yet received
Waitaki District Council
Response not yet received
Waitomo District Council
Response not yet received
Wanganui District Council
Response not yet received
Wellington City Council
Response not yet received
Wellington Regional Council
Response not yet received
West Coast Regional Council
Response not yet received
Western Bay of Plenty District Council
Response not yet received
Westland District Council
Response not yet received
Whakatane District Council
Response not yet received
Whangarei District Council
Response not yet received



Let’s improve local government consents data, your help is needed.

The Local Government Geospatial Alliance is conducting this important survey to assess the state of spatial consents data in local government. We want your feedback so that we can get a picture of spatial consents data in local government and understand common issues. With this information we hope to be able to help resolve some issues and perhaps work towards building a nationally consistent dataset.

The survey covers a wide range of topics in relation to consents and consents data, we don't have email addresses for everyone in your organisation who knows about these areas, so could you please forward this email on to people in your organisation who know about building consents, resource consents, data and spatial data. We don't mind receiving multiple copies of the survey the same organisation.

We are wanting to take fast action in this area so could you please have the survey completed by Friday, 5 June 2015.
We really value your help and if you would like a copy of the results or have further involvement in this initiative, you can leave your email address in the section at the end of the survey.

click the link below to start the survey.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NGZSLSX