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Open Data Government Organizations (NZ0022)



Action Plan: New Zealand Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Government Chief Digital Officer, Department of Internal Affairs

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

E-Government, Open Data

IRM Review

IRM Report: New Zealand Design Report 2018-2020

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information , Technology

Potential Impact:

Implementation i



Commitment 11: Authoritative dataset of government
organisations as open data for greater transparency
To release and maintain an authoritative dataset of government
organisations as open, machine-readable data to enhance the transparency
of government structures to the public.
There will be cross-agency agreement to maintain this dataset, providing
assurance that the data being used is the authoritative source. This dataset
becomes a foundation for both digital services and information about
New Zealanders and others will have access to authoritative, open
data about government agencies and their roles, learn more about how
government is structured, what agencies do, and be able to reuse the open
data in new and innovative ways.
Status quo:
At present, data about government organisations is duplicated in standalone lists and databases across multiple organisations. This results in
different information being provided about the same agency in multiple
locations which can erode public trust. This data is also often not in an
easily reusable format.
New technologies and open standards have the potential to scale the
impact of Open Government initiatives. Machine-readable open data is a
practical example of this and plays an important part in driving transparency
and digital service transformation in government. An open dataset of
government organisation details could be used as a base for the Directory
of Official Information, Archives Public Records Act database, the Audit
Offices’ database, local council information, and many more. Lead Agency: Government Chief Digital Officer, Department of Internal Affairs
Timeline: October 2018 – June 2020
Commitment 11: Release and maintain an authoritative dataset of
government organisations as open data for greater transparency
OGP Values Transparency,
Accountability and
Technology and Innovation
Verifiable and measurable milestones to fulfil
the commitment
Start date End date
Identify owners, contributors and maintainers of the
data held in the proposed dataset.
Investigate and agree on the appropriate open
standards for the dataset.
Work with identified dataset contributors to agree
process for ongoing maintenance of the dataset.
June 2019
Release the open data set on and
make it available via the open data
Application Programming Interface (API)9
, and
promote the opportunities of reuse that the
dataset provides with government agencies, nongovernmental organisations, business, and the public.
June 2019 June 2020


  1. Engagement with Parliament

    NZ0012, 2018, Capacity Building

  2. Youth Parliament

    NZ0013, 2018, Capacity Building

  3. School Leavers' Toolkit

    NZ0014, 2018, Capacity Building

  4. Making New Zealand’S Secondary Legislation Readily Accessible

    NZ0015, 2018, E-Government

  5. Public Participation in Policy Development

    NZ0016, 2018, Capacity Building

  6. Service Design

    NZ0017, 2018, Capacity Building

  7. Official Information

    NZ0018, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  8. Review of Government Use of Algorithms

    NZ0019, 2018, Science & Technology

  9. Data Practice Transparency

    NZ0020, 2018, Capacity Building

  10. Monitoring Information Management Practice

    NZ0021, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  11. Open Data Government Organizations

    NZ0022, 2018, E-Government

  12. Open Procurement

    NZ0023, 2018, E-Government

  13. Open Budget

    NZ0005, 2016, Capacity Building

  14. Improving Official Information Practices

    NZ0006, 2016, Capacity Building

  15. Improving Open Data Access and Principles

    NZ0007, 2016, Capacity Building

  16. Tracking Progress and Outcomes of Open Government Data Release

    NZ0008, 2016, Capacity Building

  17. Ongoing Engagement for OGP

    NZ0009, 2016, Capacity Building

  18. Starred commitment Improving Access to Legislation

    NZ0010, 2016, Capacity Building

  19. Improving Policy Practices

    NZ0011, 2016, Capacity Building

  20. BPS Result 10 – New Zealanders Can Complete Their Transactions with the Government Easily in a Digital Environment

    NZ0001, 2014, E-Government

  21. ICT Strategy Action 13 – Open by Default: Active Re-use of Information Assets

    NZ0002, 2014, Capacity Building

  22. National Integrity System Assessment

    NZ0003, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  23. The Kia TūTahi Relationship Accord

    NZ0004, 2014, Capacity Building