Tuesday, 6 December 2016

RetroLens.nz is your National Historic Image Resource

A historic imagery scanning project has been beavering away digitising the Crown aerial imagery archive in the interest of long term preservation, easier access, and better use of this valuable national resource. This current project underway involves digitising more than 600,000 images which date from the 1930s to present day. The project is managed by LINZ, but is a jointly funded project by the following local authorities/ shared services:
  • Auckland Council
  • Bay of Plenty Regional Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Gisborne Regional Council
  • Hawkes Bay Regional Council
  • Environment Southland
  • Tasman District Council
  • Waikato LASS
Overall, the total project cost is estimated to be $5 million, with local govt partners spending half of this value on digitising the images in their regions.
As at June 2016, 150,000 images have been scanned and delivered to the partners. It is estimated, Bay of Plenty and Gisborne to be completed in June 2018, Waikato in December 2018 and the others in 2020. The whole project is expected to be finished by 2021.
The Local Government Geospatial Alliance identified the need of its councils’ customers to access the rich resource of historical images in an open and freely accessible application. It needed to be simple and easy to use. Instead of creating several separate resources to access this resource the following local authorities / LASSes jointly funded a national website called RetroLens:
 http://hbrc.govt.nz/
 http://www.marlborough.govt.nz/
 http://www.es.govt.nz/
 http://www.tasman.govt.nz/
 http://waikatoregion.govt.nz/
http://boprc.govt.nz/
 http://canterburymaps.govt.nz/

This website, retrolens.nz , went live today ...
On the website you can search for an address or location and go back in time to see what the land was like from years gone by. You can also download a copy of the image for your own purpose.
 http://retrolens.nz/

The picture below is from Christchurch in the 1961's.


Discover what the land was like in your area, start discovering now on RetroLens.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Freedom Camping

By the very nature of the title, it sounds like we can pack up the tent, the kids and fishing rods and head off to camp where we like and enjoy a holiday.

However that’s not quite the full story.  There are actually places where we can’t park.  Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) and Department of Conservation (DOC) have legislative requirements to manage areas where freedom camping is prohibited.  You’d be surprised how long the list of prohibited sites are across NZ.  

As a tourist, finding out where you can camp is difficult.  For a local authority, the harms associated with freedom camping are complex. The regulations tend to displace campers moving them from one location to another. However, with increasing demand this approach just shifts the problems around or exacerbates them by concentrating campers.

Managing camping as a national network could provide significant opportunities to reduce the overall impact, ensuring the network has sufficient capacity to meet the demand.  Your organisation may have already supplied freedom camping data to DIA earlier this year.  DIA were pleased with the response, but ended up with a wide range of information which was difficult to collate into a national overview.

A project is now underway to deliver a comprehensive, single source of truth about camping locations to share with tourists.  DIA and DOC are leading this work and have asked LGGA to join the project.  LGGA’s role is to assist with reviewing the freedom camping data schema and to coordinate data provision.  Bay of Plenty Regional Council will take the lead on reviewing the proposed data schema.

The end result will be  a national dataset, which is intended to be reused by route planning and camping information services such as Rankers and Geozone who provide camper apps. 

A pilot project will run from 16 December, covering areas with high visitor volumes in Coromandel and Queenstown.

The Minister has requested national coverage of freedom camping information by May 2017, ahead of the Lions’ tour and the expected flurry of international motorhome drivers.

Look out for more information on the freedom camping data schema in the next few months.


In the meantime, if you have questions please be in touch with Gill Lawrence, gill.lawrence@waikatoregion.govt.nz, Glen Clarkin, glen.clarkin@boprc.govt.nz or Nick Law nick.law@dia.govt.nz

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

LGGA @ Esri Conference - Day 3 – Building Consents

Yesterday Glen Clarkin, Western Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Sarah Cowell, Statistics New Zealand gave an update on the LGGA Building Consents project at the Esri Conference.



The aim of the project is to create an open, national spatial dataset of Building Consent data.

This dataset will be coordinated by Statistics NZ and ultimately used in their monthly statistical reporting.  

In creating this national dataset we aim to identify efficiencies and opportunities to standardise our data for both local government and Statistics NZ.  


More recently LGGA have started working with the GoShift team to coordinate our approach with Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Check out the Building Consents User Guide for details on how to improve your data supply to Statistics New Zealand

For an overview of the project see the LGGA Building Consents blog page


Tuesday, 16 August 2016

LGGA @ Esri Conference - Day 2 - Tracks

For those of you at the Esri Conference, be sure to head to Epsom 1&2 at 4:30pm today to hear a more detailed update on LGGA.

If your Council is not listed below, we would encourage you to attend this session to find out more about the national tracks data structure, which has been adopted by Councils, Department of Conservation and the Walking Access Commission.  A national dataset of our tracks is being managed by LINZ and will be used to update the Topo50 map series.

Great photo from JustMTB.co.nz

The LGGA team have received positive feedback from those who have adopted the tracks data structure, with Councils identifying benefits for improving their own track data collection.






If you are not at Conference, then take a moment to find out more about the LGGA Tracks project from our blog page

Tracks data has been supplied by the following:

Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Central Otago District Council, Christchurch City Council, Environment Canterbury, Environment Southland, Greater Wellington Regional Council, Gisbourne District Council, Hastings District Council, Hurunui District Council, Invercargill City Council, Kawerau District Council, Mackenzie District Council, Marlborough District Council, Napier City Council, Nelson City Council, New Plymouth District Council, Opotiki District Council, Palmerston North City Council, Rotorua District Council, Tauranga City Council, Tasman District Council, Timaru District Council, Waikato District Council, Waikato Regional Council, Waipa District Council, Waitaki District Council, Wellington City Council, Western Bay of Plenty and Whakatane District Council.

Monday, 15 August 2016

LGGA @ Esri Conference - Day 1 - Historical Imagery

Day 1 at the Esri Conference saw Gill Lawrence present an LGGA update at the Esri Local Government Special Interest Session.

Gill shared progress of our LGGA Historical Imagery Project.

At June 2016 150,000 images have been scanned and delivered.  It is estimated that Auckland will have their photos competed in December 2016, Bay of Plenty and Gisborne in June 2018, Waikato in December 2018 and the others in 2020.  

The footprints of the scanned images are available on the LINZ Data Service. 

To find out more about the LGGA Historical Imagery Project please see our blog page.


If you wish to have the images for your area scanned, please make contact with Bjorn Johns, LINZ. (04 4600 580 or bjohns at linz.govt.nz)

Monday, 20 June 2016

Tracks update

Getting Back on Track

In November 2014, the Local Government Geospatial Alliance (LGGA) and LINZ published our combined tracks data as a national dataset on the LINZ Data Service.  This national dataset has been well used  by Central and Local Government agencies, for example LINZ has used the data to update the Topo50 maps. The good news is that Department for Conservation is making good progress with adopting the tracks data standard with the aim of publishing their tracks as a web service.

We are having a push to update the national tracks data by August, ready for hitting the trails in Spring 2016.  Below are details of how to send your tracks data and any updates to Greg Byrom (GByrom@linz.govt.nz) at LINZ, and we are asking you to do this in the next three weeks - by 8th July 



While working with LINZ to arrange the tracks data updates, we have learnt that LINZ is focused on updating the roads data on the Topo50 maps.  So when you are sending your tracks data updates, LINZ is also keen to receive a supply of your roads data too. Any field structure or data schema is fine for this, although LINZ would prefer the data in NZTM map projection.





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

Web Service
If your tracks data is already available in the LGGA national standard schema, via web download or web services (e.g. WFS) – please email Greg Byrom (GByrom@linz.govt.nz) at LINZ your service URL by 8th July 2016.  Greg will inform you when LINZ have picked up the data.

Adopt Data Structure
If your tracks data is in the LGGA national standard schema, email your data directly to Greg Byrom (GByrom@linz.govt.nz) in any spatial format e.g. shapefile, geodatabase, MapInfo or KMZ by 8th July 2016.

Just Give Us Your Tracks
If your organisation has not yet adopted the LGGA national standard schema, simply extract your existing tracks data in any spatial format, e.g. shapefile, geodatabase, MapInfo or KMZ etc.) and send it to Greg Byrom (GByrom@linz.govt.nz) by 8th July 2016.  LINZ will process your data into the national data structure, however it will take LINZ longer to process the data and therefore your updates will not be available on the LINZ Data Service by August.  The above options are preferred to ensure prompt update of your data.

·       If you haven’t supplied data before, the best place to start is the User Guide and data templates. 
·       Also don’t forget each of your tracks should have a unique number
·       The data should be open and able to be reused – 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, please refer to LGGA's Releasing Council Geospatial Data blog http://lgga-nz.blogspot.co.nz/p/toolkit.html

FTP Option:
A secure FTP site has been setup at LINZ for you to upload your tracks data.  Please contact Greg Byrom (GByrom@linz.govt.nz) by 8th July 2016 for the FTP login details.
LGGA and LINZ appreciate your assistance and are looking forward to having an updated national Walking and Biking Tracks dataset.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Have your say on what datasets should be open

Have your say on what datasets should be open The Open Government Information & Data programme has put up a survey to find out what data sets should be open.  

Please enter the survey to click on any or all of the 10 datasets that are there and then add any others that you think should be open as well.

We have until 12 pm Friday 1 July. 

Here is the official invite: 

We've heard you! Now you get to express your opinion officially. The Open Government Information & Data Programme is asking New Zealanders to tell us which are the core datasets you'd still like to see opened. 

Here's your chance to have a say to help guide the work of our Programme going forward. We already have a collated list. 

Feel free to add in other datasets you think should be in the top 10. All responses required by 12pmFriday 1 July please. 

Click here to complete the survey:https://goo.gl/0EHxvF

Many thanks
Rochelle Rochelle Stewart-Allen
Open Government Information & Data Programme