About

Our Vision

Data assists well-informed decision-making,
contributing to prosperity and well-being for
the Community of Bruce Grey.

Introduction

The Bruce Grey Data Information Sharing Collaborative (BGDISC) is a collective of not-for-profit, social service, government, health and education organizations that seek to mobilize community decision-makers to share vital local rural data to better inform regional programming, policies, funding and social services to support prosperity, sustainability and the well-being of the community.

Good collaboration leads to efficiency, breaks down silos, and leads to economy of scale and increased funding opportunities. Having access to relevant Bruce Grey evidence-informed reports and data will positively inform solutions, decision-making, advocacy and sense-making of complex systems and concepts. A robust data system will respond to the public demand for increased accountability and transparency.

What is Open Data?

Open data is defined best by the Open Definition, which states “Open data and content can be freely used, modified, and shared by anyone for any purpose.” If you wish to see the full definition, click here. Open data allows for an easier flow of data and information between all data users, be that organizations, university students, or media sources, and BGDISC began for exactly this reason. The Ten Principles for Opening Up Government Information created by the Sunlight Foundation are guidelines for organizations to use for open data and information sharing. These principles are used by most Canadian open data portals and are also used by BGDISC.

Core Group Members

The following organizations form the steering committee for BGDISC: