There has been a fantastic response to Datafinder with over 400 users currently registered on the site. This has encouraged us to make Datafinder the primary source for unleashing statistical geospatial data. The users come from a variety of sectors including local and central government, iwi, research, education, NGOs, banking, utilities, and media. We also have a number of international users from European and Asian countries, as well as the United States and Australia.
To date, the most popular datasets to be downloaded have been the Meshblock boundaries for 2013 and the Area Unit boundaries for 2013 and 2016. The next most popular downloads are two data packages that have recently been added – ages and populations by Meshblock. These are data packages that contain statistical data as well as the geographic areas they represent. This is a key point of difference for Datafinder because it is easier for users to import and analyse the data.
During the 2016 trial, usage increased slowly with increases occurring when more data was unleashed (see graph below).
According to one user, when asked what datasets they would like us to add to Datafinder, they asked for 'everything worth sharing'. The message is clear, unleash more data and more people will use it. We can't wait to see what our users have been doing with our data.