Metadata : Development Potential - Mapping the Future Project, Northern Territory.


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Name: AS/NZS ISO 19115 Geographic Information - Metadata, ANZLIC Metadata Profile

Version: 1.0

Date Metadata Extracted: 2020-09-23

Date Metadata Last Updated: 2020-07-20

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ANZLIC Identifier: 9F5E2062C486505FE0530101007FCA99

Title: Development Potential - Mapping the Future Project, Northern Territory.

Citation Date: 2020-07-17

Date Type: publication

Custodian: Department of Environment and Natural Resources



From 2018 to 2022, the Mapping the Future program will survey and map the natural resources capability in strategic locations across the Northern Territory. The project will support land planning, reduce investment decision risk and encourage the private sector to do business in the Territory.

Each Mapping the Future project area will be surveyed and mapped to describe general land capability, risk to biodiversity and groundwater resource risk. A separate technical report will be published for each natural resource survey. At the completion of each project, the spatial data will be compiled and a summary report with map products will also be published. The summarised information describes Development Potential and Groundwater Dependent Development Potential.

3 classes are used to describe the Development Potential over the project area. Class 1. Good, Class 2. Moderate and Class 3. Not Recommended.
The data has not removed any protected areas from the classes. Eg Parks, Conservation Areas and Reserves.

For more information about the Mapping the Future project, view:

This information is displayed in NR Maps. View Folder: Development Opportunities; Layer: Development Potential.

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Language: English

Character Set: Latin 1

Progress: underDevelopment

Maintenance and Update Frequency: asNeeded

Data Currency Start Date: 2020-07-17

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Access Constraint: Completed projects: (data also contains Groundwater Dependent Development Potential)
- Development Potential in the Gunn Point Area

Download the spatial data package (contains spatial data, maps and reports) via

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Supplied by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Copyright Northern Territory Government.

Data Quality

Lineage: Development Potential Classes are derived from a compilation of 2 datasets - General Land Capability Classes and Risk to Biodiversity Classes.

Data compilation rules:
- Land Capability Class 1, 2 & 3 or Risk to Biodiversity Class 1 & 2 = Development Potential Class 1.
- Land Capability Class 4 or Risk to Biodiversity Class 3 & 4 = Development Potential Class 2.
- Where bio class 3 overlaps with land class 2 & 3, then Dev Pot class = 1
- Where bio class 4 overlaps with land class 2 & 3, then Dev Pot class = 2
- Risk to Biodiversity Class 5 = Development Potential Class 3.

The Development Potential Classes were then compiled with the Groundwater Resource Risk Classes to create Groundwater Dependent Development Potential Classes.
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Completed projects:
- Development Potential in the Gunn Point Area, 2020

Positional Accuracy: The Land Capability Classes and the Risk to Biodiversity Classes are derived from a range of data sources and scale. Refer to associated reports for each project.
The data is stored using Geographics, datum GDA94.

Attribute Accuracy: The polygons are attributed according to the Data Dictionary in this metadata record.
The attribute naming format uses 10 characters with no spaces to be suitable for an ESRI shape-file format. An alias attribute name is applied to an ESRI file geo-database format.

Logical Consistency: The final polygon dataset was created by dissolving the polygons on the Development Potential Class.
The result contains only 1 record for each class. The polygons are multi-part.

Completeness: Data will continue to be added to this compilation as projects are completed.


Data Requests OfficerDepartment of Environment and Natural ResourcesGeospatial Services Branch, Water Resources

Data Dictionary

AttributeAttribute DescriptionPossible CodeCode Description
01. ProjectName of the Mapping the Future project area
02. DevClassDevelopment Potential ClassesClass 0Not Assessed
Class 1GOOD - Areas with the highest potential for development
Class 2MODERATE - Areas with some limitation to development
Class 3NOT RECOMMENDED - Areas with major constraints to development
Class 9Water
03. DevDesc1Development Potential Class - Description 1
04. DevDesc2Development Potential Class - Description 2
05. Area_km2Area km2
All polygons for each class have been dissolved and a total area was calculated.

Supplementary Information

For more information about the Mapping the Future project, view:

Each project area contains a list of links for technical reports, map products and spatial data.

View NR Maps to see the data displayed. Folder: Development Opportunities; Layer: Index Project Areas.

This record maintained using the NTLIS Metadata Tool