The NSW Government has launched a single online resource of NSW environmental data, the Sharing and Enabling Environmental Data (SEED) portal.
The portal contains 70 sets of data from nine different NSW Government agencies, including information about soil, air and water quality, mining activities and some vegetation data. More data sets will be added in the next stage of the portal’s development.
Environment Minister Mark Speakman said the portal demonstrated how technology could support transparency in government by providing the community with easy access to the quality data they wanted.
“The future vision for SEED is for the portal to become one of the most accessible and richest sources of quality data on the NSW environment, flora and fauna, with powerful visualisation tools that the public can use,” Mr Speakman said.
“This is the first time people have been able to add successive layers of geospatial information on a map without downloading additional, expensive software and will enable industry and community groups to add their data to the portal in the future.”
Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy, Anthony Roberts said the portal was built in response to community requests for reliable and readily available information about the environment in NSW.
“The beauty of this new initiative is that it makes all that valuable information available in a single online resource,” Mr Roberts said.