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Policies and Principles on Access To and Reuse of Public Sector Information: a review of the literature in Australia and selected jurisdictions - Chapter 6: Canada

Fitzgerald, Anne M. (2008) Policies and Principles on Access To and Reuse of Public Sector Information: a review of the literature in Australia and selected jurisdictions - Chapter 6: Canada. Policies and Principles on Access To and Reuse of Public Sector Information: a review of the literature in Australia and selected jurisdictions. (Unpublished)


This report contains the results of a literature review carried out during 2007 and 2008 by a team of researchers at the QUT Law Faculty, headed by Professor Anne Fitzgerald.

The objective of the literature review was to identify materials published in Australia and elsewhere dealing with policies, principles and practices relating to access to and reuse of public sector information.

Historically, much of the discussion about access to public sector information has focused on spatial information collected and managed by governments on account of its acknowledged social and economic value. However, technological developments and changes in research methodologies during the last decade have resulted in greater attention being focused on other kinds of information and data which is created or funded by the public sector, including academic publications and the research project outcomes. Consequently, the literature review covers materials relating to public sector information generally (including data and publications produced with public funding), as well as materials that address issues specifically in relation to spatial information.

The materials identified in the review are in a range of formats and come from a wide variety of sources. As well as materials that have been formally published in hard copy form, such as books and official reports of governments and organisations, the review includes: • web-published versions of official reports, books, academic journal articles, articles in professional newsletters, etc; • newspaper articles published in online versions of newspapers; and • materials published on the internet web, e.g. blogs.

The literature review is organised on a jurisdictional basis, this chapter (Chapter 6) concerns the jursdiction of Canada.

Canada, like the United States and Australia, has a federal system of government. Unlike the United States and Australia, however, Canada has historically supported a higher level of private sector participation in the development, funding and maintenance of key spatial data infrastructure (SDI). This is reflected in initiatives led by GeoConnections Canada, a national program headed by Natural Resources Canada which involves the federal, provincial (State), territory and municipal governments, and the private and academic sectors working in partnership with governments to develop the components of the SDI.

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Citation countsare sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

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ID Code: 17067
Item Type: Review
Keywords: Canada, public sector information, GeoConnections Canada, spatial data infrastructure, government information
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Anne M. Fitzgerald
Copyright Statement: Copyright in the original commentary text and compilation of materials in this work is owned by Anne Fitzgerald. Copyright in all extracts from original works included in this compilation continues to belong to the owners of copyright in those works and is not affected or altered in any way by their inclusion in this work.
Deposited On: 05 Jan 2009 10:05
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 23:15

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