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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.

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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