21 Dec 2015

The Future of Maps in an Age of Satnavs and Map Apps

From Nine To Noon, 9:34 am on 21 December 2015

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) has been making maps for over a century, but more and more they're looking at what new technology means for their maps.

LINZ's Group Manager Topography is Aaron Jordan. His team is responsible for producing authoritative maps of New Zealand and its off shore territories. These are sold as paper maps, but the team has also embraced open data and making the data that it uses to create maps, freely available for others to reuse and innovate. The applications of the data range from tramping apps, and software for planning wind farms, to a tool to manage customary fisheries. Their iconic map design has also cropped up in artworks, wall paper and wine labels.

2015 is also the year of the map and the National Library is running a year long exhibition on the history of mapping in New Zealand which runs until August 2016. 

For LINZ map information, updates, facts and pictures see their Facebook page

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