The world of data is constantly evolving and this blog is a space to continue the conversation with British Columbians about government data. The list of data assets – including raw data, applications and application program interfaces – is ever-expanding and this blog shares real stories about how these things are being used in interesting ways.

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Here are the most recent posts:

Use Case: UrbanLogiq – Making Urban Planning Faster, Cheaper and more Efficient

Posted on July 13, 2018

One of this year’s Vancouver Open Data Day sponsors was UrbanLogiq. This young startup team uses open data to unlock the value of city planning to make urban planning faster, cheaper and more...

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Posted on May 16, 2018

The BCLaws API Spencer Tickner, Director Queen’s Printer BCLaws ( is a comprehensive research tool for legislative content in the Province of British Columbia, managed and...

B.C.’s Web Map Services

Posted on May 9, 2018

  What is a Web Map Service (WMS)? A Web Map Service (WMS) is a standard protocol for serving (over the Internet) georeferenced map images and data, which is generated using data from a...

Use Case – City of Vancouver VanConnect

Posted on March 29, 2018

The VanConnect application is a means for people to report and submit photos of civic issues such as graffiti, potholes, abandoned garbage or burned out street lights to the City.  Residents and...

Have your say on Canada’s next Open Government Plan!

Posted on March 23, 2018

There is an Open Government Action Plan consultation session in Victoria, B.C. on March 29, 2018. Governments around the world are exploring open government and new modes of engaging citizens in...

Use Case – Real Estate and the ParcelMap BC Parcel Fabric Dataset

Posted on March 20, 2018

The BC Data Catalogue is the place to find B.C. Government data, applications and web services.  It is a system specifically designed to encourage sharing, exploration and use of B.C.’s data...

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2017 Provincial General Election Statement of Votes Released

Posted on March 12, 2018

Elections BC recently published the Statement of Votes for the 2017 Provincial General Election in the BC Data Catalogue. The Statement of Votes is the final, historical record of the election’s...

Open Data Day 2018 – Vancouver Hackathon Recap

Posted on March 12, 2018

This year marks the seventh annual Open Data Day. This year’s day had 406 registered events around the world. Open Data Day is an internationally organized event to promote awareness and use of...

Open Data Day 2018

Posted on March 1, 2018

DataBC is excited to take part in the Vancouver Open Data Day Hackathon on Saturday March 3, 2018. Open Data Day is an internationally organized global event that promotes awareness, and uses open...

Help Build Canada’s Action Plan on Open Government 2018-2020!

Posted on December 1, 2017
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The Canadian Government is creating Canada’s 4th Plan on Open Government for 2018-2020 as part of our national commitment to the global Open Government Partnership. This will be informed by public...

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