Here you’ll find links to all documents – including brochures, information sheets, technical documents, reference documents and early material – that we have produced about NZRIS. We’ve put them together on one page to help make them easier to find.


We have two brochures:

Introduction to NZRIS [PDF, 289 KB] which is for those who are new to NZRIS and want a basic understanding of what it is; and

Working with NZRIS [PDF, 259 KB] which goes into slightly more detail about how NZRIS works, but is still aimed at those who have little to no knowledge of NZRIS.

Information sheets

Our information sheets contain more information and detail than our brochures. They are similar in format to our brochures, but generally contain more content and in-depth information than our brochures.

We currently have two information sheets:

NZRIS and Data Management [PDF, 282 KB] – this gives an outline of the approach that NZRIS takes to data management at a high level, including the data principles that underpin NZRIS.

Data in NZRIS [PDF, 310 KB] – this information sheet gives a simple description of the data that NZRIS will hold – what it’s about, how it’s made up, who provides it and more. It’s useful for anyone wanting to get a good understanding of the data in NZRIS without reading the full technical data specifications.


We have a range of infographics that help to explain different elements of NZRIS in a visual way. These include:

NZRIS concept model [PDF, 39 KB] – this infographic is a diagram that shows the different elements of NZRIS and how they align with the RS&I sector. This diagram was developed in collaboration with the sector as part of early consultation rounds.

Data in NZRIS at a glance [PDF, 245 KB] – this infographic shows the data that NZRIS will hold by phase. It’s designed to accompany the Data in NZRIS information sheet.

Programme timeline [PDF, 71 KB] – this infographic shows each of the three NZRIS phases, which organisations are part of each phase, and the three “stages” of readiness they need to work through to be ready for NZRIS.

Technical documents

Data specifications and supporting material

The NZRIS data specifications set out what NZRIS requires from data providers and is for organisations that will be providing data to NZRIS.

NZRIS Data Specification V2.0 [PDF, 2.6 MB]

NZRIS Data Specification V2.0 [DOCX, 2.9 MB]

To help in understanding and using the data specification, we have also published the following documents.

NZRIS Data Specification V2.0 FAQs [PDF, 118 KB]: A helpful tool for understanding at a high level what the data specification covers and how to use it. 

NZRIS API Specification V2.05 [DOCX, 928 KB]: Provides specifications for the NZRIS system data provider application programming interface (API). 

Input spreadsheet V2.1 [XLSX, 211 KB]: An alternative input template for providers who are not using the API. This Excel workbook includes some sample data to show how the data will be entered in practice.

Public sector financial resource code sets(external link): This spreadsheet contains information from Treasury on appropriations to help you fill out the Public Sector Financial Resource section for your data

You can download machine-readable versions of all code-sets available from the NZRIS codesets Github page(external link). Each code set referenced in the NZRIS data specification V2.0 is available in Excel (xlsx), Comma Separated Values (CSV) format, Tab Separated Values (TSV) format, and JavaScript Object Notation (JSON). To download all code sets in all formats from this page, select the green “Clone or download” button and then select “Download ZIP”.

Early documents and reference material

Here you’ll find documents relating to the early development of NZRIS including the Research, Science and Innovation Domain Plan, and that have been produced with sector input and guidance, such as the conceptual model for NZRIS.

Research, Science and Innovation Domain Plan (2016) [PDF, 762 KB]: Establishing a national research information system was the key action of this plan, which did a stocktake of research, science and innovation data and set out ways to improve this. 

New Zealand Research Information System Overview [PDF, 762 KB]: The New Zealand Research Information System Overview provides an overview of the purpose, benefits and design of NZRIS.

Research, Science and Innovation draft conceptual model - consultation document [PDF, 1.2 MB]: In 2017, we developed a conceptual model of research, science and innovation data in partnership with the sector. 

Research, Science and Innovation consultation - summary of submissions [PDF, 833 KB]: We released the draft conceptual model for public consultation in March 2017 and submissions closed in mid-April. A Māori consultation round was also undertaken. 

NZRIS Conceptual Framework [PDF, 1.1 MB]: This Data Transfer Model and Conceptual Model for NZRIS was ultimately released in December 2017, after consultation with the sector. 

Research, Science and Innovation Data Conceptual Model: Report on the Māori Engagement Round [PDF, 212 KB]

Initial MBIE response to the Māori Engagement Report [PDF, 73 KB]

Last updated: 01 July 2020