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Use and re-use of spatial information is estimated to have added $1.2 billion in productivity-related benefits to the New Zealand economy.

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The use and re-use of spatial information is estimated to have added $1.2 billion in productivity-related benefits to the New Zealand economy. This value is the result of increasing adoption of modern spatial information technologies over a thirteen year period, and is equivalent to slightly more than 0.6 percent of GNP.

Other (non-productivity) benefits linked to the increasing use of spatial information are probably worth a multiple of this. Uncertainties around the likelihood of future events and valuation methodologies limit the ability to express such benefits in dollar terms; however, non-productivity benefits are nevertheless important to policy and decision-making.

•Government Services (Local, State, and Federal)

•Private Services (Surveying, Engineering, etc

•Manufacturing

•Trade Services (including retail)

•Construction

•Agriculture

•Food Production and Distribution

•Crime Control / Law Enforcement

•Census

Examples of the use of modern spatial information technology can be found in all sectors of New Zealand’s economy. There is tremendous potential or further benefits to be realized, but the timing and likely degree of future impact is difficult to assess because the technology and applications continue to evolve rapidly, and because policies may also shift. A range of barriers to the adoption of spatial information have constrained uptake and limited the ability to reap additional benefits in New Zealand. Past and current barriers notably include problems in accessing data, inconsistency in data standards, and a general lack of skills and knowledge relating to modern spatial information technology.

New Zealand Geospatial Office Blog

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