What is open data? Why is it important to economic development? How can local government work collaboratively to make their data open? What are the challenges and opportunities for open data in the Basin-Boundary region?
The Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute and Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre at Selkirk College are partnering to deliver a webinar on open data, local government and economic development in the region. This webinar will include a presentation from Ian Parfitt, Coordinator of the Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre and Principal Investigator on the federally funded research project entitled, Open Data for Open Government in Rural BC. Ian will walk attendees through the basics of open data for open government in a rural context.
Tom Dool of the Regional District of Central Kootenay will discuss challenges and opportunities to making data ‘open’ in a rural context from the perspective of local government. This will include the opportunity to make data open geospatially and what type of data can and can’t be shared.
The webinar will then turn your attention to an open data opportunity that could leverage the assets of the Kootenay Real Estate Board, the Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre, the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute, our local governments, and our economic development community to support evidence-based decision-making and stimulate economic development. A representative from the Kootenay Real Estate Board will provide an overview of an opportunity to develop a new geospatial real estate and decision-making portal that could incorporate open data from local government. _____________________________________________________________________________________
Wednesday, September 13 from 12-1pm (PST) / 1-2 (MST).
See poster: RDI Open Data Poster