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A couple of excellent uses of data visualisation software have popped up in the media over the last few days and best of all, both display kiwi innovation at work.

Nextspace, the Auckland-based cluster of 3D graphics companies, says it is building a “Visual City” platform for Auckland which would display visually on a 3D map of the new Super City, council data such as maps, city plans, photographs and bus routes.

Interested in knowing the town planning provisions in your neighbourhood? Just hover your mouse pointer over your street to get the details. This is not only a fantastic showcase of New Zealand 3D visualisation software, but a great way to unlock a lot of digital content that the public generally has to go digging for. Check out the images below to get an idea of what Nextspace has in mind. NBR has more on the Visual City venture here.

The Herald reports on the other example, which uses Google Maps to plot fruit and vegetable patches around the country. Feel like picking your own olives? Head to the Auckland Domain, near the museum underground where olive trees grow. How about some wild fennel? Well, apparently its all along the harbour entrance in Westport. It’s the digital equivalent of the cardboard box at the end of the driveway with “free feijoas” written on it. These ideas have legs…

Visual City concept graphics

Credit: Nextspace

Credit: Nextspace

Credit: Build Media

Credit: Build Media

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