A little note on behalf of Nelson Lah, Chair of the Open Data Society of British Columbia, Canada.

The Open Data Society of BC is hosting the BC Open Data Summit on February 19, 2013 in downtown Vancouver at SFU Segal Graduate School of Business at 500 Granville Street. We want you to be part of this conversation.

We’re especially proud of what the BC open data community has accomplished over the past three years since we first started growing our community. At the beginning, the thought of accessing data on a government web site was tricky business (imagine wanting access to government data!). We had to sort out challenges around licensing, formats, methods of access…the works. Through many great conversations and threads here and elsewhere, we have thankfully sorted out much of the “WHAT” of open data.

Now that we have some open data accessible to us, we thought it would be helpful to focus on the value that it can bring. We want to explore how it is being used in academia, in evidence-based decision making, in fighting corruption, in uncovering new opportunities, and in creating economic value, businesses and jobs.

That’s why we’re inviting you to join us at the BC Open Data Summit in February.

We are calling you to come out and make a short presentation. Share your ideas, and what you or your organization has done with open data to create value. Proposals are due by January 13.

More information is available here