There's something to be said for governments doing open data right, and Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) is certainly one government department that is going about its work in the right manner.
Earlier this week, LINZ made available its imagery that covers 95 percent of New Zealand, with users able to download the data for free, or have a hard drive or usb stick filled with imagery couriered to anywhere in the world for a fee.
At the time of writing, the size of LINZ's data sits in excess of 2TB. However, a 3GB and 50 layer limit exists to the downloading of data through the site, with the couriering of media being the only option for large data sets.
"Releasing publicly held aerial imagery for reuse has the potential to create cost savings for the public sector and generate economic benefits for the private sector," said Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson in a statement.
"Making aerial imagery available is in line with the government's goal to make more publicly held data accessible to as many people as possible."
The imagery is licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 New Zealand licence which allows anyone to copy, redistribute, share, remix, transform and build upon the material as long as the proper attribution to LINZ is provided.
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