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New Zealand leading Asia-Pacific in Open Data

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New Zealand is at the forefront of open data, ranked fourth in the world for the second year in a row, behind UK, US and Sweden, in the 2014/2015 Open Data Barometer rankings.

New Zealand is leading the East Asia Pacific region, followed by Australia came in 10th place, down slightly from 7th place in 2013. Korea was ranked fin 17th place, closely followed by Japan in 19th place, Singapore ranking 29th, Indonesia 36th, Malaysia 41st and China in 46th place.

“Open data is a key indicator of a country’s innovation, transparency and lack of corruption”, New Zealand Finance Minister Bill English said.

“The Government’s Open Data Initiative, led by Land Information New Zealand, is one of a range of measures driving better use of public data, while upholding high ethical and privacy standards. Measures include investing in Statistics New Zealand’s Integrated Data Infrastructure system, establishing the Data Futures Forum and the data.govt initiative”.

“The actuarial valuation of the welfare system is an example of how data can be used to help deliver better public services at a lower cost to the taxpayer”, he added.

Minister for Land Information Louise Upston said the rapidly increasing number of people and businesses accessing information through the LINZ data service demonstrates the benefit of making data easily accessible.

“Open data is a rapidly expanding area and we could not have maintained our fourth place on the Open Data Barometer’s Global Report without making significant progress since the previous report,” Ms Upston said.

Administered by the Department of Internal Affairs, New Zealand’s data catalogue, provides open access to nearly 3500 datasets.

Read more Key findings 2014 Open Data Barometer.

View the 2014/2015 Open Data Barometer rankings.