Looking Ahead

Posted by David Wrate on behalf of the DataBC Team

Last week we talked about the events of 2011 and hinted at what we hope to do in 2012.

Open data + people * ideas = value. In 2012 we want to make sure we’re on track with these factors.

On the data publication side, we’ve had ministries scan their operations  to locate more data. We’re working on how best share this information. We just published five datasets on libraries in the province including the lat/lon coordinates for each library.


You have shown great interest in the financial data in the catalogue so we’re working on more financial data from previous years including budget data. Likewise on natural resource and GIS data, so we’ll dig deeper (pun intended!) for other resource data to support research and development activities in the province. We plan to build on the base of education data. And we’ll increase  and improve the usability of the Health data.

But we we want to make sure we’re publishing the data you want. We’ve received many requests, some of which we’ve been able to fill and others we’re still working to publish. We’re looking at how you can help rank these requests. But we always want to know what else is interesting to you. What data would make your app really work? Is there data that would help your studies or your teaching? What data do you need to make better business decisions? Tell us and we’ll get to work on it. Can’t make promises but we’ll do our level best.

You’ve told us that data usability is a high priority. We think we’ve got a handle on some aspects such as structure and formats but we’re interested in hearing from you on how we can make our data more usable. Tell us how to improve.

We’re also very interested how data is delivered. What methods make sense for what kind of data? Where do we need to apply our energy? We think this is an important topic because there’s potential to lower costs for everyone. That makes sense.

We’ve been fortunate to attend some of the hackathons around the province and we’ve seen brilliant work. Have you seen or been involved in other activities that sparked your creativity? Tell us about them, maybe we can create a ‘first of it’s kind’ event for BC or Canada.

Have you used data to create a positive outcome for the people of BC?  Did you make a cool visualization or useful app? Tell us and we’ll help tell the world.

There’s lots of work to do. We want to help.

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