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. The program 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 advising on data-related initiatives, sharing data and providing value-added services, e.g., Open Data Policy and the B.C. Spatial Data Infrastructure.

DataBC is managed by its Program Leadership and representative Data Custodians from each sector, overseen by the Assistant Deputy Minister of Strategic Initiatives Division and the Deputy Minister of the Government Communications and Public Engagement (GCPE) central agency. DataBC also receives strategic direction from the Office of the Chief Information Officer and the Deputy Ministers Committee on Transformation and Technology.DataBC Governance Diagram

DataBC Council and Working Group

DataBC Program Leadership facilitates two central bodies responsible for data management in the B.C. Government:

  1. The DataBC Council, comprised mostly of Data Custodians from each sector 
  2. The DataBC Working Group supports the council and is made up of Data Managers and other subject matter experts.

Both groups convene on a regular basis to share knowledge, review and discuss common issues and provide advice and direction to DataBC. Each member is responsible for representing his or her sector and disseminating information accordingly.

DataBC Concept of Operations

The DataBC Program is described in greater detail in its Concept of Operations (PDF, 1.8 MB).