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Open Data Guide: Open Data

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 at the University of Waterloo

Site Authors

Eva Dodsworth, geospatial data services librarian (edodsworth at

Kathy Szigeti, liaison librarian (kszigeti at

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