New Website and Open Data Portal for OpenDataBC

December 3, 2014

Today we have launched a new Open Data Portal for the Open Data Society of BC.

Our website, OpenDataBC.ca, has been re-imagined into an information hub, community connector and Open Data Portal to better serve the needs of the open data community in BC. First launched in 2009, it serves about 500 users per month and provides links to a curated set of over 200 high quality BC based datasets from a variety of government, academia and industry sources.

The new open data portal uses CKAN, a powerful enterprise data management system that makes data more accessible. It has built-in tools to streamline finding, publishing and sharing of open data. It also has built-in data browsing and visualization support and can accommodate multiple organizations.

For Data Geeks

Anyone can use the new portal to find, explore and view open data with the built-in viewers. In addition, users who wish to create an account on the system will be able to add their own data and applications to share with others.

For Organizations

The portal is set up to organize data by individual or by organization. If you are a member of a company or other organization and want to try this open data thing but maybe aren’t quite ready to create your own data portal, you can create an organization on the system, upload your logo, a description and of course, upload or link to your data, for free!

For App Developers

If you’ve written an application using open data and you would like to share it with our site visitors you can create an organization for you or your company and add your app to our app catalog. When users come to our site to look for apps your app will be there!

For Society Members

As a society member you can get super powers on the site that allow you to curate the system and make it better.

We are just getting started on the catalogue and it is still fairly empty so we need lots of help. If you are an open data enthusiast and you want to pitch in and let the world know about some great BC open data that you know about, this is your chance.

This system was developed and is hosted by by OpenGovGear, a Victoria based open data startup company that launched this year. OpenGovGear has generously donated the initial setup and installation costs for this awesome new service.

Thanks,

Herb Lainchbury

President, Open Data Society of BC