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

Using the BC Open Development 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.


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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.


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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.


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In early 2014, DataBC invited clients to complete an online survey to help improve their experience when downloading data from DataBC. We also interviewed data suppliers and looked at other data download services world-wide based on survey participant recommendations.

The survey results are in! And we were blown away with the response. Nearly 900 people responded to the survey, a response rate of approximately 28%. We are very pleased with quality of suggestions and feedback provided.


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