Government Information Days [Ontario + BC]

Government Information Day [Ontario]

Date: Monday, December 7th, 2015

Speaker recommendations / proposals [deadline October 30]:
Agnes Zientarska-Kayko:
Hélène LeBlanc: 

Government Information Day [British Columbia]

Date: Friday, May 6th, 2016

Speaker recommendations / proposals [deadline mid-January]:
Carla Graebner / 778.782.6881

Open Data Summit 2015 [May 25]

From coast to coast, 150-­200 attendees from businesses, nonprofits, governments, media, and academia are expected to gather on May 25 in Ottawa for this year’s theme of building sustainable, dynamic, and innovative open data communities. Summit participants will be invited to reflect on the following four big questions, which we’ll be unpacking in upcoming blog articles.

The initial schedule has been released and early bird registration is open until March 13th.

Click here for more information and to register. Follow @opennorth and #CODS15 for updates.

Open Data Summit 2015

Lecture at UofT: Disturbing developments in digital government

If you find yourself in Toronto on Friday, February 6th, be sure to register for and attend this event on digital information management in Canada.

Click here to learn more and register.

Disturbing Developments in Digital Government
Professor David Brown will speak about concerns in digital information management in Canada.

Digital technologies have dramatically increased government’s ability to collect, use, re-use, store and disseminate information. The federal government has made clear its intention to move towards digital information management, yet its efforts thus far have lacked coherence. Causes for concern are plenty: from the deterioration of the Access to Information and Privacy regime, to the shutdown of government depositories and libraries, to collection and surveillance activities in the name of national security, to the hyper-centralization of government communications, and the foundering of the Open Data initiative. Prof. Brown’s lecture will examine the state of digital information management in Canada, and what we can expect going forward.This event will be moderated by Professor Ian Clark.


David C.G. Brown is an Assistant Professor in the School of Political Studies in the University of Ottawa. After studying at the University of Toronto (BA, MA in political science), he spent a career in the federal public service, working in the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, the Department of External Affairs, Privy Council Office, the British Cabinet Office, Treasury Board Secretariat and the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency. Among his Treasury Board Secretariat responsibilities he was for four years Executive Director, Information, Communications and Security Policy. After working in the Public Policy Forum, an Ottawa-based think tank, he completed a PhD in political science at Carleton University in 2011. From 2012-14 he was a SSHRC Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Ottawa. For several years he chaired the international committee of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada and later was a member of the executive committee of its international counterpart, the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS), including three years as IIAS President.

Call for chapters: Government Information in Canada

Changing technology and the policies that drive it have radically altered the government information landscape in Canada. It’s time to document the context, tools, and techniques used to produce, acquire, organize, preserve, and access government information in Canada. We intend to do this via an edited book with the working title Government Information in Canada and encourage you to contribute to this project.

In the space of ten to twelve chapters, we expect to provide a platform for practitioners to present overviews, comparative studies, research papers, and case studies on these potential topics (note that individual topics may be combined into a single chapter):

  • High level historical overview, bridging the gap between Bishop’s 1981 Canadian Official Publications (Oxford) and the present.
  • Recent structural changes and current state of major federal systems:
    • departmental libraries
    • Depository Services Program
    • Library and Archives Canada (government collections only)
    • Canada’s Open Government Initiative
  • Overview of provincial publishing, depository systems, and access structures
  • Digital developments
    • digitization
    • digital curation and preservation
  • Communities of Practice
    • library associations, conferences, Government Information Day
    • advocacy and advisory committees

Please submit a 300 to 500 word abstract about the chapter you wish to submit, noting the proposed title of the chapter and authors, to Sam-Chin Li before April 1st, 2015.


Important dates:

Intent to submit: April 1st, 2015

Notification of Acceptance: June 1st, 2015

Full Chapter Deadline: December 1st, 2015

Review Results to Authors: April 1st, 2016

Revised Chapter Due: June 1st, 2016

Note: publisher to be secured by May, 2015


Web page:


Amanda Wakaruk
Government Information Librarian
University of Alberta Library

Sam-chin Li
Government Information Librarian
University of Toronto Libraries

Long-form census [OCUL]

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Ontario Council of University Libraries has made available information on the impact of the cancellation of the mandatory long-form census and the current process in Parliament to reinstate it for 2016.

n July 2010, OCUL joined many concerned organizations and individuals in Canada in objecting to the government of Canada’s decision to cancel the mandatory long-form questionnaire as part of the 2011 Census of Population.

OCUL represents 21 Ontario university libraries with more than 450,000 students and faculty across the province. In addition, we provide support to researchers from municipalities, provincial and territorial governments, NGO’s, social and cultural associations, as well as private sector marketing and business firms and organizations.

The OCUL Data Community is a community of data professionals with expertise and interests in the use of all forms of data, including the Canadian census. The information presented here has been prepared to identify the impact of the cancellation of the mandatory long-form census and ensure that researchers have a full understanding of the current situation.

These links provide:

background information on the mandatory long-form census cancellation and its impact on research and public policy [click here]

the current process in Parliament to reinstate the mandatory long-form census for 2016 [click here]

Open Government Action Plan 2.0 Consultation – Summary Report

The Government of Canada has released a Summary Report on the Open Action Plan 2.0 Consultations that took place between April and October 2014.

What We Heard – Summary Report

The report includes many visual representations of the data collected and offers examples of comments received on different parts of the Action Plan 2.0.

Of particular interest is the section addressing the ‘Open Information Core Commitment’ and the Appendices which include summaries of the commentary from specific groups.

The Government of Canada also continues to seek feedback from the community on these issues: