Public transport, road assessment and crash analysis system (CAS) data is all high on the list of data that the New Zealand Open Data community wants to see made available in open format.

The New Zealand Open Government Data and Information team ran a survey to identify the key datasets people would like to see open, and published the results on this morning.

“Ministry of Transport is in the top 25% of government agencies when it comes to the amount of data we release in open format,” says Financial, Economic and Statistical Analysis Manager Tim Herbert.

“We understand that how people get from A to B is of key interest to many people and businesses, and we’ve been progressively working to improve the availability of our data in this area,” says Tim.

“While weather data may not be something people would necessarily think of as Transport data, Ministry of Transport does hold the contract with MetService for the provision of public-safety-related weather services for New Zealand, which requires MetService to acquire a significant amount of weather-related data. Weather related data is definitely an area where we know there is continuing interest in more open access.”

“We’ve been working with MetService regarding access to their data. We have ensured that there is a specific open data clause in our current contract with MetService, and that contract also makes allowance for a review of which data is made available and how,” says Tim.

“Public transport, road assessment and CAS data is all held by different agencies. Public Transport data is mainly held by regional councils, and its availability varies.

“Road assessment data is split across NZTA, and the Road Controlling Authorities, and there is currently no single source for all roads.

“However, summarized information for public transport patronage and investment for each regional council, and summarised road condition data is available on the Transport Data section of the New Zealand Transport Agency website(external link).”

“Crash Analysis System (CAS) data is also free and openly available through the NZTA CAS web portal(external link).”

“We’re committed to continuing to open up access to Ministry data, and we’re currently exploring how we can make much of our data available in as close to real time as possible – but this is still a work in progress,” says Tim.

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