The Department of Conservation is evaluating using Amazon's web services for two of its major databases.
They are the New Zealand Organisms Register, which is a publicly available catalogue of around 140,000 native and introduced species (DOC works with several agencies in this space); and a web service which will enable various parties to get access to the NZ Threat Classification System (NZTCS).
NZTCS is used to assess the conservation status of groups of plants, animals and fungi. All data used in this system is located in New Zealand and is currently publicly-available with the Amazon service maintaining a copy to facilitate sharing.
A DOC spokesman says the plans are in line with government's Declaration on Open and Transparent Government.
“The government aims to improve public service delivery by requiring all new public services to be delivered online by 2017,” the spokesman says.
“The government is also seeking to save taxpayers' money by requiring government agencies to move away from owning their own ICT hardware to using cloud-based services.”