Friday, 11 April 2014

Bates Guests as International Expert on Open Data Practices

On 10 April 2014 Dr Jo Bates appeared by video conference before the Canadian Parliament's Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates as an invited international expert to present and answer questions for their study on Open Data practices.

She was joined by three other panellists: Richard Stirling, International Director of the UK's Open Data Institute; Barbara Ubaldi, an expert from the OECD; and Lyne Da Sylva, Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Science, Université de Montréal.

Jo presented on how Canada's Open Government Data initiative compares to other countries, and discussed the types of value that could be generated from opening up government data. 

During the questions session of the conference issues which were discussed included the relationship between open data, democracy and social inclusion; the economic value of Open Government Data and some of the risks around some types of commercial re-use; where the drivers for opening government data do and should come from; how open government data might impact upon the behaviour of public bodies in their data collection practices; privacy issues around the opening of public data; and, the benefits of Open Government Data for developing economies.

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