Data matters and we want to share our stories about open data. Hear from us and share your insights and recommendations. Connect with others who are using B.C. data. Read about their experiences and learn about upcoming events. Add your comments and become a part of the conversation.

Picture of compassBy David Hume, Executive Director, Citizen Engagement, (@dbhume)

One of the reasons it’s exciting to be part of the BCDevExchange project is that it’s a journey—we know where we want to go, but what we find along the way is still to be discovered.

By Peter Watkins, Executive Director, Commercialization Initiatives, Office of the Chief Information Officer

What if brilliant developers could use real-time data feeds to create mobile phone transit apps to locate moving buses?

DataBC is pleased to participate in the Canadian Open Data Experience (CODE), an event that has galvanized and grown the open data community across Canada.

We think CODE will be bigger than ever this year. On the west coast, there will be events for CODE in Victoria and in Vancouver. We will be at an event in Vancouver organized by the non-profit OpenDataBC where we have the honour of helping adjudicate the weekend’s work.

Screen capture of a catalogue search using the keyword library.DataBC has made it easier to find, understand and use data through a new online catalogue.

 The BC Data Catalogue already provides more than 3,500 datasets and applications, such as data on current fire locations, wildlife species and the names and locations of nearly 2,000 B.C. schools. People, businesses and government can use the catalogue to improve services, encourage economic development and make informed decisions. An average of one new data set is published every day.

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.