DataBC encourages and enables the strategic management and sharing of data across the government enterprise and with the public. It is responsible for the B.C. Data Catalogue, the Open Data initiative and the B.C. Spatial Data Infrastructure and associated products and services.
Access to trusted, high quality data is essential for the success of British Columbia - expressed in effective government decision making, a robust economy, and improved well-being for all of its citizens.
The B.C. Data Catalogue provides the easiest access to government's data holdings, as well as applications and web services. Thousands of the datasets discoverable in the Catalogue are available under the Open Government License - British Columbia.
The province's area, varied topography and predominantly natural resource based economy has positioned B.C. as a leader in geographic information management and generates a wealth of geographic information that is discoverable in the B.C. Data Catalogue. DataBC provides access to this information through a suite of unique applications and services that comprise the B.C. Spatial Data Infrastructure.
The Role of DataBC in B.C. Government Data Management
DataBC is focused on managing B.C. Government data as a strategic asset that meets the needs of citizens, businesses, ministries and the broader public sector. It is responsible for encouraging and facilitating the B.C. Government data management model, expressed in the Data Custodianship Guidelines, and is also a key agent for sharing data, providing value-added services, e.g., Open Data Policy and the B.C. Spatial Data Infrastructure, and advising government data-related initiatives.
BC Data Council and Working Groups
DataBC leadership facilitates the BC Data Council, which is a committee comprised of government data custodians that champions greater access and use of data across the government enterprise and works to coordinate an all-of-government approach to management of public sector data to facilitate data use by government, academia, the private sector and citizens. Council working groups are created as needed to tackle specific issues in detail.