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Come along to our first Auckland open data event

We'll be discussing the past, present and future of open data in Aotearoa.

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Posted by Matt McGregor
August 15th, 2017

Open data AKL

On 7 September, we’re holding our first Auckland event, 'The Future of Open Data in Aotearoa', at the Biz Dojo @GridAKL in the Wynyard Quarter. The event will begin at 3pm, and will be followed by drinks and canapés. 

Featuring Government Statistician Liz MacPherson, NZ Herald Data Editor Harkanwal Singh and our CEO Ed Corkery, we’ll be taking a critical eye to the past, present and future of open government data.

Why are we doing this? As a company, we’ve been helping agencies to publish their open data for years. The Koordinates platform has supported Creative Commons licensing since the late 2000s, and many of our staff members have been longstanding advocates for greater release of open government data and information.

We’re excited about the recent progress of open government data in New Zealand. We’re seeing more data released from more agencies, including some early adopters in local government. We’re also seeing more resourcing put into educational efforts around policy and licensing, which is crucial to ensuring that open government data becomes business-as-usual.

But there’s still a long way to go. Most high value data is still largely inaccessible; and if its technically accessible, it’s not usable; and even if its usable, it’s often not discoverable.

We think New Zealand can do better — but we don’t have all the answers. That’s why we’ve kicked off this series of events: to bring together folks from government, industry and civil society to discuss the future of open data, so we can realise the enormous potential benefits of open data for our society, economy and environment.

For more information and to sign up, check out our event homepage

We hope to see you there!