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This post was written by Rochelle Stewart-Allen, Senior Advisor for the Open Government Information and Data Programme at Land Information New Zealand.

The open data community of New Zealand have been calling for a clear framework to inform and guide the actions of government officials around open data. Following some initial public engagement about New Zealand potentially adopting the International Open Data Charter, Open Data NZ at Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) is now calling out to anyone interested in sharing your thoughts about these principles and how they might be implemented. Your input in this process will be used to inform recommendations to be included in a paper currently being prepared for Cabinet.

Getting involved is easy:

  1. Comment on the principles online – get involved in the Loomio discussion
  2. Come along to a workshop – please express your interest here:
  3. Sign-up to the mailing list to hear about what’s happening along the way
  4. Email your feedback to us directly at
So far, discussions have considered the scope, purpose and application of the two sets of principles. There have also been discussions around the implementation of the principles; whether one or both sets are to be used in the future.

We're now opening a wider discussion around the impacts we could expect if NZ adopts the Open Data Charter. What might that look like and how would they work? The Loomio discussion will stay open until 30 September 2016. Do join in on these discussions, and encourage others to participate if you can. Anyone interested can join the discussion from government, private and community sectors. Please promote these events to your networks so we hear from as many voices as possible.

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