What's New with BC Data Catalogue

Check out BC Data Catalogue's detailed changelogs for more information:

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Known Issues

  • Individual group pages can be slow to load the list of groups datasets
  • The OpenAPI Console preview function is not available
  • The Data Usage page is not yet available
  • See the full list of currently known issues

What's New

The following updates were deployed based on user feedback and backlog prioritization since the new catalogue launch:

May 12, 2022 - Latest Release

  • Enhancement:
    • State improvements for both view and edit mode
      • Is now showcased as a tag beside the title.
      • In edit mode moved up under Published by for ease of use.
    • Hover text over Contacts, Related Links and Lifecycle Events  removed as was unnecessary.
    • Email notifications updated to direct to the DataBC Service Request system.
  • Fixes:
    • Data Collection Period now visible when populated
    • Related Links and JSON Schema now hidden when blank


April 19, 2022

  • Fixes:
    • Ability to delete Data Collection Period values
    • Removed instantiation on Data Collection Period and Geographic Extent as introduced [object Object] issue.
  • Enhancements:
    • Added a character counter to dataset Title field
    • Updated Call To Action button with + icon for adding contacts, dates, etc.
    • Update form fields to have white backgrounds
    • Improved row spacing on Keywords and State
  • New values:
    • Projection: added ESPG-3153(CSRS) - Albers
  • Field visibility:
    • Blank fields are now hidden
    • BCGW related fields hidden unless Resource Storage Location set to BCGW:
      • Object Short Name,
      • Object Table Comments and
      • Details
    • Object Name now accessible to all resource types (previously only Geographic)
    • Projection now available on Webservice type resources
    • Resource Data Last Updated (last_modified) added to UI, which represents currently BCGW and BCDC dataset sources
  • Label renaming and help text updates:
    • Frequency of Resource Update (was Resource Update Cycle)
    • Data Collection Period (was Temporal Extent)
    • Related Links (was More Info)
      • Title of Web Asset (was Description)

March 17, 2022

  • Fixed record history lifestyle and contacts fields to allow editors to delete entries.

March 10, 2022

  • Search sort order has been enhanced to use the dataset Publish Date instead of the dataset Create Date, thus
    • Draft and Pending Publish datasets will be listed at the end of all published datasets.
  • Removed gravitars from the user account profile page.
  • Record Lifecycle History dates were updated on the backend to reflect accurate date entries. 

February 14, 2022

  • Added a configurable information banner
  • Fixed groups page to load faster without the dataset count
  • Updated the about page to direct users to the new Data Systems & Services request system for questions.

January 13, 2022

  • Enhanced resource URL Regular Expression (RegEx) to allow exclamation marks and commas.

November 30, 2021

  • Improved performance and stability of organizations list
  • Improved user profile page for new editors

November 5, 2021

  • Stability improvements for logged in users
  • Improvements to search relevance and availability of advanced search features
  • Fixed bug where file sizes were represented incorrectly

October 27, 2021 (Version 2.0)

Major upgrade to the BC Data Catalogue. Watch a video showing the latest updates

  • The Beta period has closed with the launch of the new catalogue
  • New and improved user interface to make finding and accessing meta data and resources easier
  • Focus on accessibility and modern web standards to ensure the catalogue is available to everyone
  • Backend architecture updates that will allow us to more easily maintain and release catalogue updates
  • Data schema changes at the dataset and resource level to better reflect how data is organized and consumed
  • Detailed changes can be found in the changelog
  • The data schema was adjusted which will impact some BC Data Catalogue API updates and responses
  • A list of API schema changes can be found here
  • The object_name has moved to the resource level. The API query is slightly different as object_name is in the resource extras table now. See Common Queries in the documentation for examples
  • A full list of API and Catalogue changes are available here