Community Data Science

Confidently lead the way in data-driven decisions

Urban, suburban, rural and remote communities are increasingly inundated with vast amounts of data. This data is fast becoming a critical tool to help make communities of all sizes more sustainable, equitable and resilient. 

Making data-driven, land-use infrastructure and policy decisions requires planners, engineers, local policy-makers and managers to understand the numerous options and design choices they face. This is where our Community Data Science program comes in.

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Part-Time Certificate Program


Online check-in sessions (Wed)

4 courses

Wed evening and Fri–Sat daytime

Finish in 7 months


Our part-time Community Data Science Certificate leaps headfirst into public datasets and explores the most critical analytical tools, visualization approaches, and best practices in disseminating insights. In under seven months, you will gain confidence in making and defending data-driven decisions.

You will learn to:

  • Describe the fundamental elements of data
  • Explain the structure and importance of the Canadian Census
  • Mine Canadian Census data, and open data for B.C. at provincial and municipal scales
  • Assess basic public datasets
  • Perform the most common and critical operations in data analysis
  • Understand the limits in data analysis


If you're not ready to take the full certificate program, start with the first course, Theory and Practice (CDSC101). It's useful on its own or as a foundation for the rest of the program. You'll then have the option to apply to the program and finish the certificate by taking the remaining courses sequentially.

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