Bad data: ever the invisible dilemma for many organisations. Why? It's something that is essentially intangible but, at the same time, something that can wreak havoc on a company's time, revenue, and reputation. It's one heck of a hidden cost - in every sense of the word.
The benefits of having access to quality data are massive for organisations, particularly those whose day-to-day success depends on it. Data that’s clean, consistent, accurate, and detailed allows organisations to:
Quality data is vital to the success of any organisation that utilises it in their everyday business practices and initiatives. The value to be gained from having accurate and consistent data is significant; and the easiest, most beneficial way to make sure that your business is receiving the best data possible is by using address validation and geocoding.
The latest six monthly release of NationalMap™ is being rolled out as we speak and, while it boasts a number of reviews and updates to contextual and POI data; motorway junctions; and retail and shopping areas, the biggest and most notable additions are evident in the roads.
The latest release of NationalMap has now been rolled out and, as always, we're confident in saying that it's a good one!
Here at Critchlow, we’re always hard at work. One thing that we’ve been working particularly hard on lately in the geospatial data and solutions side of our business is route optimisation. More specifically, we’re reviewing and improving the alignment of New Zealand roads. Every single one.
The most recent release of NationalMap is currently being rolled out and we can confidently say that it’s a good one. Over the past six months, our data team have worked tirelessly to push out a number of changes and improvements that continue to make NationalMap a comprehensive, detailed, and invaluable solution for all your mapping and location-based needs.
New Zealand Local and Central Government agencies are doing a great job at providing free public access to the data they collect and create. For example, The Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) Data Service (LDS) https://data.linz.govt.nz/ has over 1800 datasets available for free download in various geospatial formats. Yet mapping companies are still producing datasets and selling them for money. Are these companies just duplicating the efforts of these agencies or, worse still are they just freeloading and re-packaging freely available government data for profit without adding any value?
This blog explores what value private sector mapping companies add to public data and why they do it. Specifically I would like to explore road centrelines and answer the question: “Why would I want to pay for road centrelines when I can download them free from the LDS?”
Census is here. Are you ready to harness its power?
Though the primary purpose of the Census is to provide a population count and planning resource for government, in recent times the information collected has been used increasingly by market-focused organisations to enhance their marketing, customer insight and operations functions.
The NZ Transport Agency has made its aerial imagery datasets available at http://koordinates.com/#/maps/nzta/. Anyone can now easily discover, access and download this imagery in standard formats at little or no cost. This imagery has been released under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licence.