UBC Library launches Abacus

UBC Library in partnership with Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria and the University of Northern British Columbia has launched Abacus, a platform to access research data from a central interface. It allows students, researchers and faculty from British Columbia’s major universities to discover and download numeric data from organizations such as Statistics Canada.  

Researchers can investigate the meteoric growth of Internet usage in Canada, examine the shifting demographics in Vancouver’s downtown core or map the coastal temperate rainforest cover in British Columbia.  

The launch coincides with the opening of the new Geographic Information System (GIS)/Research Data lab in Koerner Library. This new space brings together data gleaned from Abacus and visualization resources that will enhance scholars’ ability to discover, interpret and present research.  

For more information, contact Data Services at 604-822-5587 or visit http://data.library.ubc.ca.