Open Data

Public Lands, Public Geospatial Data: Some Jurisdictions Lag Behind

(2017-05-30) Many governments in Canada have committed to open government, and open data. However, these commitments have not yet resulted in comprehensive availability of open geospatial datasets on how governments allocate public lands and sub-surface resources. An analysis conducted by Global Forest Watch Canada (GFWC) found that not all provinces and territories have publicly available open datasets on forestry, mineral, and petroleum/natural gas concessions.

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Report: Open Data Assessment of Geospatial Concession Datasets in Canada

(2017-05-30) Approximately 89% of Canada’s surface lands are public lands and the Crown also owns most sub-surface resources. In an era of open government and open data, Global Forest Watch Canada (GFWC) decided to assess whether Canadian federal, provincial and territorial government geospatial datasets of natural resource concessions are “open data.” We compiled and assessed the status of geospatial datasets for forestry, mining, and petroleum/natural gas concessions against the Open Data definition, which requires data be free to access, use, modify, and share. In this report, GFWC outlines the findings of our assessment.

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