[Ottawa_users] Fwd: [Caglist] Geographers in the News - Open Data
City of Ottawa
smitch at connect.carleton.ca
Mon Mar 8 20:49:23 EST 2010
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> From: "Tracey P. Lauriault" <tlauriau at gmail.com>
> Date: March 8, 2010 11:34:45 EST
> To: CAGLIST <caglist at lists.uvic.ca>
> Subject: [Caglist] Geographers in the News - Open Data City of Ottawa
> Last week access to public data at City of Ottawa was in the news.
> So far the Cities of Nanaimo, Vancouver, Toronto and Edmonton have
> open data strategies. The City of Ottawa is now coming into the
> fold - Ottawa Open Data & Open Government in the News. A citizen
> who also happens to be a geographer was involved in that debate.
> The Access to Data debate at the city scale in Canada, to the best
> of my knowledge has not been led by geographers, cartographers or
> geomaticians. Perhaps that is because many professionals and
> academics have access to data as part of their work in government,
> or through their map and data libraries in their academic
> institutions, and if they are a private sector organization, they
> may not have to do the purchase and acquisition part of the content
> that is the fuels their analysis. Perhaps there are other reasons,
> or I am wrong, and I hope you can correct my assumptions!
> Open data debates at the City scale has been primarily from young
> entrepreneurs wanting to develop interesting applications, geeks,
> new media designers and IT folks.
> There has been quite a bit of Open Access to publications
> discussions led by academics, librarians, lawyers and some in the
> public sector, and also access to maps by the Association of
> Canadian Map Libraries and Achives (ACMLA). Other library
> associations have also done some stupendous work and of those I know
> of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and OCUL
> (Ontario Council of University Libraries) come to mind. The Data
> Liberation Initiative folks have also done some stupendous work.
> Lest we forget, NRCan has done some great work at making most of
> their data freely accessible with innovative unrestricted user
> licenses via Geogratis, Geobase, GeoConnections, Atlas of Canada and
> the Discovery Portal.
> Where are the cartographers, geographers and geomaticians in the
> public debate?
> Soon the Canadian Geographer will publish an article by lawyers from
> the University of Ottawa participating in a GEOIDE study. That is
> exciting, however, it is not about access to data but about
> copyright and maps and not really about the complex online web maps
> that are being created at the moment.
> If there are people on this list who are involved in access to
> public data discourses in any way, I would love to meet you! Please
> email me on or off list at tlauriau at gmail.com.
> Tracey P. Lauriault
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> CAGList at lists.uvic.ca
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