Posted by Davina Jackson on 11 Aug 2013

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), the government geospatial agency, has resigned from the Executive Committee of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) in Geneva  – scaling back to focus on national infrastructure development after the recent departure of NZ Geospatial Custodian Kevin Sweeney.

Writing to GEO Director Barbara J. Ryan, the new Acting NZ Geospatial Custodian, Rob Deakin, said New Zealand will continue contributing to GEO’s long-term project to create a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), but LINZ had decided not to replace Sweeney to represent the Asia/Oceania region on GEO’s Executive Committee.

Ms Ryan has told virtualanz.net: ‘Naturally we are disappointed but understand that there must be many priorities to be balanced at the national level … we look forward to a speedy replacement for our Asia/Oceania caucus.’

Trans-Tasman observers believe LINZ is tightening its operational goals in tune with advice from its senior GIS experts – familiar more with 2D mapping systems than the real-time 3D simulation, remote sensing and augmented reality systems which have been accelerating since the launch of Google Earth in 2005.