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What is Open Data?

The Open Definition states: Data are "open if anyone is free to use, reuse, and redistribute it subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and share-alike."

Open Data is primarily about non-personal data; it does not contain information that may identify a specific individual. Also, some government data may not be open due to national security restrictions.

  • Open Data Handbook
    Discusses the legal, social and technical aspects of open data. It describes the why, what and how of open data.

Tri-Agency Publication-Related Research Data

What are the data management requirements of the Tri-Agencies of Canada?

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

CIHR grant holders have the following responsibilities:

  • deposit bioinformatics, atomic, and molecular coordinate data into the appropriate public database, as already required by most journals, immediately upon publication of research results
  • retain original data sets for a minimum of five years after the end of the grant (or longer if other policies apply).This applies to all data, whether published or not

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council  (NSERC) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)


    Open Data at the University of Waterloo


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    Eva Dodsworth, geospatial data services librarian (edodsworth at

    Kathy Szigeti, liaison librarian (kszigeti at

    Agnes Zientarska-Kayko, liaison & government information librarian (azientar at


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