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.

Open Data Prince George is the City of Prince George's official Open Data portal. Launched in 2009, the portal contains hundreds of city data sets. All datasets on this site fall under our newly adopted Open Government Licence - Prince George. This license is based on version 2.0 of the Open Government License – British Columbia which was developed through public consultation and a collaborative effort by provincial and federal government.

Using the Site

This site provides access to the City of Prince George publicly available Open 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. How you use it is entirely up to you!

If you experience any issues with our new site please email us and let us know. You can email gisinfo at the City of Prince George.

Online Help Documentation | Explore our Open Data

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 file?

KML is a file format used to display geographic data in an Earth browser such as Google Earth or ArcGIS Earth. 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?

Go to Esri’s ArcGIS Open Data help page for consumers. Detailed guides for both API specifications can be found in the ‘Download data’ section.

How can I access Open Data using AutoDesk Civil3D?

You can access the OGC WMS API within AutoDesk Civil3D by following the instructions in the AutoDesk Help