Greetings folks! Below is a presentation about the genealogy of open access to data and open data in Canada. It was great to finally have the space to demonstrate the earlier work done in this space and to showcase the different open data open access communities. The open data movement has a long history in Canada, and I believe we can thank research librarians and geomaticians for getting the ball rolling, at least if we tentatively assume that it began in the 80s and the use of the Internet. The history of sharing data in science and geomatics does however go way back.
The other presentations which were part of the Programmable City Seminar discussed the Irish context at a County Council called Fingal level and the Irish Environmental Protection Agency. They were great as they featured what it means for a public servant, citizen and a researcher to do this work. Folks who follow open data in Canada would have been most impressed by their frank talks and their oratorial styles. A video will be released in the coming weeks.