Liberal candidates promise to create an open-data website, both Christy Clark and George Abbott promise to create website where citizens can download government data for free.
If the Liberals win and fulfill their promise, it would make BC the first Canadian province to release government information under open-data standards. The provincial government would be following in the footsteps of cities like Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa. In the case of Vancouver, some very interesting projects have already emerged. For example, Luke Closs and Kevin Jones developed https://vantrash.ca, a trash collection reminder service utilizing Vancouver’s open-data.
Meanwhile, a group called OpenDataBC held the OpenDataBC Hackathon event on January 22, 2011. The group was formed to help to foster collaboration around open-data between the citizens of British Columbia by finding new datasets, submitting ideas and monitoring open-data development in the province.
At the event seven projects where worked on, ranging from https://OpenLegislature.ca to MyRep (https://myrep.dev.opendatabc.ca), an application that lets citizens easily locate their local, provincial and federal representatives.