News Release

For immediate release
May 28, 2012
Victoria, British Columbia
The Open Data Society of B.C.
Announcing the creation of The Open Data Society of B.C. --- Today the incorporation of the Open Data Society of BC has been announced. The Open Data Society of B.C. is a new non-profit, grassroots, member-driven organization created to promote and support open data initiatives in British Columbia. The new society has four main objectives: * to promote open data in British Columbia by providing timely, valuable information using various means including the Internet and social media, and by organizing and participating in open data events; * to support the British Columbia open data community by facilitating online discussions and in person social gatherings between members and liaising with external stakeholders in a way that promotes and understanding of, and access to, open data * to create opportunities for using open data by fostering a community that helps members to connect with other open data users and creates resources that might help interested parties make use of open data; and * to validate, develop and inform members and external stakeholders of common practices and standards around open data. Individuals and corporations who are interested in open data in British Columbia are encouraged to join. The online membership application as well as a description of available membership categories can be accessed from here: [http://www.opendatabc.ca/membership](http://www.opendatabc.ca/membership) Additional information about the society including its constitution and bylaws can be found from these links: [http://www.opendatabc.ca/announcement.html](http://www.opendatabc.ca/announcement.html) and [http://www.opendatabc.ca/society.html](http://www.opendatabc.ca/society.html) For more information contact:
Kevin McArthur, Director, Membership
The Open Data Society of B.C.
[membership@opendatabc.ca](mailto:membership@opendatabc.ca)

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