Researchers use OpenData to inform their work, and are also producers of data and software that can be re-shared to the public. In Canada, much university research is supported by public funds and an argument can be made that the results of that research should be made accessible to the public. The research at the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre will be featured as will community based social policy research in Ottawa. In Canada some data are accessible, but mostly data are not, and if they are, cost recovery policies and regressive licensing impede their use. The talk will feature examples where data are open and where opportunities for evidence based decision making are restricted.
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