What is Open Data?
Open Data is a philosophy and practice, to provide some of the
municipally-generated data to the public in a machine-readable format,
without the restrictions of copyright, patent or other control
mechanisms and, most importantly, free of charge. The most commonly used
Open Data focuses on structured data, such as geographic data,
scheduling, statistics, and demographic data.
The objective of Open Data is to eliminate
burdens to access data created or managed by government agencies, while
respecting privacy and sensitivity concerns. It enables entrepreneurs,
academics, community groups, other learning communities, developers, and
interested citizens to use data to improve the social experience and
stimulate economic growth through data applications.
As part of its commitment to improving citizen
access and involvement, enhancing transparency and understanding, the
BCOGC is pleased to provide interactive public access to spatial data.
Users are encouraged to explore the site and select and download the
datasets that are of interest to them. Datasets will include a
"Subscribe" to a RSS feed option, so that users can receive notification
of changes to the respective data.
Under no circumstances will the Oil and Gas
Commission liable to any person or business entity for any direct, indirect,
special, incidental, consequential, or other damages based on any use of this Web site
or any other Web site to which this site is linked, including, without
limitation, any lost profits, business interruption, or loss of programs
or information, even if the Oil and Gas Commission has been specifically advised of
the possibility of such damages.
following GIS Data has been made available through BCOGC Open Data
Additional Links and Resources
Using the Site
This site provides access to the British Columbia
Oil and Gas Commission's publicly available data. Use the search bar
at the top or the data category buttons to browse the data collection.
Data can be previewed in the map and downloaded as a spreadsheet,
shapefile, KML or linked via API. With our Open Data site, you can view
it, map it, style it, chart it, download it, or share it.
If you experience any issues with our new site
please email us and let us know.
Online Help Documentation | Explore
What is a shapefile?
The Esri shapefile, or simply a shapefile, is a
popular geospatial data format for geographic information system
software. It is developed and regulated by ESRI as an open specification
for data interoperability among Esri and other geospatial software
products. Shapefiles spatially describe features: points, lines, and
polygons, representing spatial features such as buildings, topography,
or roads. Each item usually has attributes that describe it, such as
name or size.
What is a kml
KML is a file format
used to display geographic data in an Earth browser such as
You can create KML files to pinpoint locations, add image overlays, and
expose rich data in new ways. KML is an international standard
maintained by the
Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc.
How do I leverage the API feature in the data catalogue?
Esri’s ArcGIS Open Data help page for
consumers. Detailed guides for both
API specifications can be found in the ‘Download data’ section.