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Guest blog by Dr. Shivanand Balram, Department of Geography, Simon Fraser University

We live in a data-oriented society. We create and collect private data using our smart phones or use public data provided by institutions. Sometimes we combine private and public data to improve our understanding of a situation. In many ways our daily experience is shaped by data quality and quantity and our ability to understand the data.

Image of app tree.Today, the Government of B.C. unveiled an idea we’re calling the BC Developers’ Exchange Framework, which is intended to stimulate the province’s tech sector and to improve services for British Columbians.

Using the BC Developers’ Exchange Framework we will explore the potential to enable commercial opportunities for developers and entrepreneurs to use public sector digital resources, including code, data and access to services through application programming interfaces or APIs . Through opening up public sector digital resources we can help drive B.C.’s thriving tech sector and enable them to design software applications that can improve services for British Columbians.

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Esri Canada has announced that Simon Fraser University (SFU) and the University of Victoria (UVic) will be GIS Centres of Excellence. The two B.C universities are part of cross Canada initiative by Esri Canada, a maker of geographic information systems (GIS), to foster collaboration and innovation between GIS researchers and to expand the use of geographic data and analysis into more fields of study.

Picture: Francophone Services FinderBy Chantal Brodeur, Programme des affaires francophones – Francophone Affairs Program

We live in a digital world. But our cultural roots have never been more important.

Picture: Maa-nulth First Nations participants and Government of B.C. staff at the Nanaimo training session.By Leah Forbes, Senior Resource Coordination Officer, MARR

The Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation (MARR) and DataBC introduced the new iMapBC to the Maa-nulth First Nations at a training session held in Nanaimo. Our free geographic information system, iMapBC allows British Columbians to analyze thousands of government’s geographic data layers to make informed decisions.