Richard Murcott has been appointed geospatial standards leader within the New Zealand Geospatial Office (NZGO).
The newly-created role will see Murcott responsible for administering the standards stream of work within the Geospatial Office work programme and taking responsibility for facilitating the development and implementation of geospatial standards in New Zealand.
Murcott will form links with standards bodies, government, industry, academia, and non-government organisations to build and maintain a collaborative community of people and institutions working to develop geospatial interoperability through common standards.
AS part of this, the role involves managing national input into geospatial standards development processes currently underway, providing coordination and support for the implementation of geospatial standards, and supporting activities to increase awareness of the benefits of applying geospatial standards to business processes.
Murcott has previously served in senior advisory roles for Standards NZ, the NZ e-Government Interoperability Framework (e-GIF) and helped develop the New Zealand Geospatial Strategy.
Most recently he served as a member of the Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) NZ Executive Committee, helping shape commercial sector contributions to the strategic growth of the geospatial sector in New Zealand.