Blog written by Stephanie Pryor, GIS Intern, Interpret Spatial Solutions
In my first week as an intern at Interpret, I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to attend an event about open data. Attending this event were speakers from Koordinates, Figure.NZ, LINZ and Creative Commons. My brain was already borderline overflowing with the information from my first few days on the job, but this event provided many interesting points that deserved further thought.
Hamish Campbell from Koordinates and Rob Eland from LINZ spoke with great synergies between their presentations. The main points that stood out to me were:
Nat Pudley from Figure.NZ discussed the method they used to clean and release data to the New Zealand public. Figure.NZ is a not-for-profit hub of data and statistics who simplify and publish publicly-available data to enable New Zealanders to make decisions. The points of interest for me were:
Ryan Merkley, CEO of Creative Commons, provided some insights into the legal side of sharing data, a topic I have never given much thought. We were lucky he managed to fit this event into his busy NZ schedule before flying back to Canada! My main takeaways were:
All the speakers had a very similar perspective on Open Data. It was great to see that various organisations are all approaching such a big topic with such passion. I am excited about all the challenges ahead (some still unknown at this point) that can be solved by combining information from a vast range of organisations. The saying “knowledge is power” springs to mind, and having access to more information empowers people to make better, smarter decisions.
A big thanks to Koordinates for organising this event, I personally learnt a lot and enjoyed the opportunity to network with other GIS professionals.