Archive for October 21st, 2010

European Court of Justice Strikes Down Private Copying Levy

The European Court of Justice has ruled against a private copying levy in Spain, concluding that it cannot be “”imposed indiscriminately.”

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October 21, 2010 1 comment Must Reads

Public Science Site Launch

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada has launched a new site at publicscience.ca to promote evidence-based policy making supported by scientific evidence.

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October 21, 2010 1 comment Must Reads

LAC-Lustre Leadership

Wendy Reynolds has a brief, must-read post on the need for Library and Archives Canada to show greater leadership in preserving Canada’s digital heritage.

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October 21, 2010 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Liberals To Launch Major Open Government Policy Initiative

For months, Canadians have been pointing with envy to open data/open government initiatives in the U.S., U.K., and Australia as those countries push forward with strong commitments to open data and Canada sits quietly on the sidelines.  While the federal government has been very slow to move, sources say that the opposition Liberal Party will be unveiling its commitment to open government today. [update: policy posted]  The four part commitment will include:

  • A commitment to make as many government datasets as possible available to the public online free of charge at opendata.gc.ca in an open and searchable format, starting with Statistics Canada data, including data from the long-form census;
  • A commitment to post all Access to Information requests, responses, and response times online at accesstoinformation.gc.ca
  • A commitment to make information on all government grants, contributions and contracts available through a searchable, online database at accountablespending.gc.ca
  • A commitment to immediately restore the long-form census

The open government/open data commitment is particularly noteworthy since it will apparently include a direction to all federal departments and agencies to adopt an open government principle where the default position is to provide information to the public. The plans for access to information would also be enormously helpful, including restoring the CAIRS database and following the recent UK lead by making all documents released under ATI available online.

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October 21, 2010 15 comments News