New Network Co-Moderator

I’d like to take this opportunity to announce the addition of Michelle Lake as CLA-GIN Co-Moderator, replacing Caron Rollins. Michelle is the Government Publications Librarian at Concordia University and started her term with the network on January 1st, 2015.

Please, join me in thanking Caron for all her hard work with CLA-GIN over the last several years and in welcoming Michelle to her new role!

Any network-related questions can now be directed to either Michelle or me.

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Canada Launches Second Action Plan on Open Government

Earlier this morning, the Government of Canada announced its Second Action Plan on Open Government. Of particular interest is the open information page and search engine, which, at this stage, provides integrated access to LAC and GoC Publications holdings. For more information, check out the following resources:

News releaseMinister Clement announcing OGAP2

Action Plan on Open Government 2.0

New website: open.canada.ca

Note the handy feedback button at the bottom of the page. Send in your comments, suggestions, questions, etc.!

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CLA responds to the Canada’s Draft Action Plan on Open Government 2.0 Consultation

The CLA believes that access to the widest variety of information and points of view is critical to the functioning and evolution of a democratic society. Citizens, organizations, and governments make better, more informed decisions when they take part in a free exchange of ideas facilitated by open, affordable, equitable, and timely access to information.

It is with such values in mind that CLA responds to the Government of Canada’s Action Plan on Open Government 2.0 Consultation, with specific recommendations to support openness, transparency, and access to and the preservation of government information in Canada.

Read the full response here

Cuts to Statistics Canada are Harming Canadians

The CLA recently released a statement in response cuts at Statistics Canada. The below text is an abstract – please click here for the full statement.

“… Recent programme cuts and policy changes at Statistics Canada have made it more difficult than ever for Canadians to track changes to critical issues that affect their communities, such as unemployment rates or the education of our children. The replacement of the mandatory long-form census with the National Household Survey, at a significantly greater cost, and the cancellation of many social surveys has made it increasingly challenging, if not impossible, for municipalities, hospitals, schools, and government agencies to administer social programmes and to track their success. In some cases, municipalities are financing their own surveys to gather the critical data they once had access to through StatCan (see full article for reference). StatCan cuts and changes are continuing to impede effective planning for all agencies, making future programming a costly gamble. Additionally, with all levels of government focused on social and economic innovation, it is imperative that municipalities have the ability to look back on trends in order to plan for the future with reliable data…”

Survey on Fugitive Canadian Government Information

This survey is being conducted by a working group of the Canadian Government Information Private LOCKSS Network (CGI-PLN) in order to learn more about how institutions are collecting fugitive materials and, if they are, how these materials are being identified and preserved. The CGI-PLN will use this information to help set web harvesting priorities.

A fugitive document is a “document” published by a government agency but not collected and distributed by an official depository program.

For the purpose of this survey we are focusing on documents produced by the Government of Canada. In this context, fugitive documents include all types and formats of digital materials including press releases published as HTML pages, reports published as MS Word documents or PDFs, digital maps from the Atlas of Canada, databases such as Trade Online from Industry Canada, audio and video recordings, etc.

Click here to complete the survey!

Parliamentary budgets & Librarians: An interview with Kevin Page

Article posted in Open Shelf, available here.

Q: What is the relationship between the PBO and the Library of Parliament (LoP)? How much interaction did you have with the library and its librarians when you were there?

A: The PBO was created by an Act of Parliament (Accountability Act) in December of 2006. Canada was not ready to make the PBO an independent office of Parliament, so administratively, it reports to the LoP. There are similarities in the things that both the PBO and the LoP do: They both provide research services to Parliament for instance, so there is symmetry there. But it is not always a natural fit. Although research support is common to both, LoP has a confidential model—if a Member of Parliament (MP) needs information for a private member’s bill or needs to prepare for a committee, librarians provide confidential support. The PBO is more of an accountability model and provides independent opinion. If the PBO continues to exist, it should be outside of the LoP.

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Registration is now open for Government Information Day at uOttawa

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L’inscription a débuté pour la Journée d’information gouvernemental! Cet évènement est gratuit, mais les places sont limitées. Cliquez ici pour vous inscrire.

Pour plus d’information, visitez le site : http://biblio.uottawa.ca/fr/journee-dinformation-gouvernementale

Le programme provisoire de la conférence sera disponible dans les prochaines semaines.

N’hésitez pas à contacter gsg@uottawa.ca si vous avez des questions.

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Registration for Government Information Day is now open! The event is free, but tickets are limited. Click here to register.

For more information visit the website: http://biblio.uottawa.ca/en/government-information-day

Stay tuned for the draft program, to be released in the coming weeks.

Feel free to email gsg@uottawa.ca if you have any questions.