Canada's draft new plan on open government 2016 - 2018 (comments)

Title: Canada's draft new plan on open government 2016 - 2018 (comments)
Authors: Morrison, Heather
Date: 2016-06-23
Abstract: Kudos are in order to Canada’s government for global leadership, commitment, and swift moves by our new government to action, notably in the areas of commitment to open access and open data to both academic and government information, commitment to creation of a Chief Science Officer position, restoring the mandatory long form census, forthcoming free and more timely access to Statistics Canada data, and initiating electoral reform (to mention a few moves!). Following are my comments as an expert in the area of information policy, notably open access, intended to help strengthen a solid, ambitious but realistic draft plan. In the spirit of openness and transparency, note that I am a professor at the University of Ottawa’s bilingual School of Information Studies and I see career opportunities for our graduates and research opportunities for me arising from this plan and some of my suggestions. Key points: rethink centralization - can facilitate access or add bottleneck or throttling mechanism; consider expanding information services to include reference services; beware a blind spot of data that is too open to re-use; remember the vulnerable; build in protection against temptations arising from corruption and tendency to want to look good; facilitate research on how to do open dialogue and policy-making and anticipate a long period of time for full achievement of the potential; apply open dialogue and open policy-making principles immediately to trade treaty negotiations, starting with the Trans Pacific Partnership; expand on corporate accountability by seizing a golden opportunity to move forward to triple bottom line accounting (finance, people, environment).
CollectionSciences de l'information // Information Studies - Publications