We will enhance access to information by reviewing and strengthening the principles under which New Zealand releases open data and information.

Objective: To review and strengthen the principles under which New Zealand releases open data and information.

 

Status quo: New Zealand has a set of principles guiding the management of government data and information, including proactive release in reusable formats. But the New Zealand principles lack the 2016 level of specificity in the Open Data Charter for data, and include wider information management principles that are still required.

 

Ambition: New Zealand has fully modernised and world-leading principles for government-held data and information that provide a strong foundation for open access to data and information, building capability for data reuse, improving the openness of government operations and supporting informed participation by citizens in government decisions through the availability of open data.

 

Lead agencies:Land Information New Zealand (Lead from 1 October 2016 – 10 March 2017), Statistics NZ (Lead from 11 March 2017 onwards), Department of Internal Affairs

 

Timeline: October 2016 – June 2018[1]

 

OGP values: Access to information, public accountability, technology and information

 

New or ongoing commitment: New

 

Verifiable and measurable milestones to fulfil the commitment:

  • Review potential adoption of the International Open Data Charter, using public feedback
    Start date: October 2016      End date: November 2016

 

  • Review New Zealand Data and Information Management Principles
    Start date: October 2016      End date: November 2016

 

  • Determine what principles will guide release of, and access to, New Zealand open data and information, using public feedback
    Start date: 1 July 2017 End date: 31 July 2017

 

  • Engage with citizens and government on application of the new/amended open data principles
    Start date: 1 August 2017 End date: 30 August 2017

 

  • Implement new/amended open data principles
    Start date: 1 September 2017 End date: June 2018

 

[1] The timeline was updated following public consultation in June 2017: https://www.opengovpartnership.nz/achieving-our-open-data-milestones. This changed the start and end date of some milestones.

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