Presentation on theme: "Information Without Borders: Perspectives from the Federal Government: A Canadian Digital Information Strategy Ingrid Parent Library and Archives Canada."— Presentation transcript:
Information Without Borders: Perspectives from the Federal Government: A Canadian Digital Information Strategy Ingrid Parent Library and Archives Canada Halifax, March 3, 2007
2 Presentation Outline Background on Library and Archives Canada Canadian Digital Information Strategy Goals Consultations and National Summit Next steps Public policy issues relating to making information accessible Government roles in a knowledge society How citizens interact with government information
3 Creation of Library and Archives Canada Library and Archives Canada, 2004 National Archives of Canada, 1872 National Library of Canada, 1953 The English Report, 1999
4 Library and Archives Canada Collection The LAC Collection includes: 19 million books, periodicals, newspapers, microfilms, government publications 170 km of unique textual documents 200 000 Canadian theses and dissertations 25 million photographs 3 million maps and architectural designs 270 000 hours of film, audio and video 370 000 works of art Pedabytes of electronic documents
5 Library and Archives Canada Act: Preamble WHEREAS it is necessary that (a) the documentary heritage of Canada be preserved for the benefit of present and future generations; (b) Canada be served by an institution that is a source of enduring knowledge accessible to all, contributing to the cultural, social and economic advancement of Canada as a free and democratic society; (c) that institution facilitate in Canada cooperation among the communities involved in the acquisition, preservation and diffusion of knowledge; and (d) that institution serve as the continuing memory of the government of Canada and its institutions;
6 Context: Why a National Digital Strategy? Digital activities in Canada are: Uncoordinated Under-resourced Relatively weak content Not focused on preserving what we create Underdeveloped compared to other G8 countries Insufficient contribution to research and development on digital information
7 Canadian Digital Information Strategy: Timeline of Events Initial exploratory meeting, October 2005 Strong endorsement for a national strategy LAC should coordinate this initiative and provide a secretariat function to it. Four Thematic Meetings, Spring 2006 Digitization on a National Scale Optimizing born-digital production Building a digital preservation infrastructure Fostering access and use within a rights framework National Summit, December 2006 www.collectionscanada.ca/cdis
8 Key Outcomes of the Strategy Strengthened content - Canada’s accumulated knowledge is digital. Ensured preservation - Canadians are assured long-term access to digital content of enduring value. Maximum access - Canadians have optimal access to Canada’s digital content online.
9 Key Characteristics of the Strategy Collaborative – multi-jurisdictional and cross-sectoral Distributed responsibility – with some formal coordination Sustainable – e.g. seek funding to fill gaps Progressive – e.g. in its approach to rights Supporting and fostering: Open access where possible ‘One universe’ – a more integrated commercial and non- commercial information environment Linguistic and cultural diversity
10 LAC roles Facilitating development of the overarching strategy – leadership and Secretariat Being a major player in it, as a national content, service and infrastructure provider A major digitization operation A large-scale national Trusted Digital Repository of documentary heritage (primarily federal government and cultural heritage) Fostering a decentralized preservation network of TDRs Supporting national access catalogues Developing/promoting standards & best practices Providing guidance and training Contributing R&D
11 Next steps: Strategy Development Establish Strategy Development Committee and Strategy Review Panel Strategy development – draft is targeted for Summer 2007 www.collectionscanada.ca/cdis
12 Next Steps: Cooperative Initiatives Study day for Canadian graduate programs of library, archival, museum and information management studies to examine training needs and niche research areas. Seek ways to scale up digitization of Canada’s documentary heritage.
13 Next Steps: Public Policy Development Explore the feasibility of proposed changes to the regimes surrounding Crown copyright, orphan works, and public access to publicly-funded research.
14 Government Roles in a Knowledge Society Create – All government departments generate information Gather – StatsCan (surveys), Service Canada (personal data) Acquire – LAC ( Canadiana and Government Records) Fund – NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR Analyze – StatsCan, Environment Canada Secure – Service Canada, RCMP, CSIS, PWGSC Inform – LAC, other heritage agencies Preserve – LAC (documentary heritage) Provide access – Government OnLine, FedAA, other services
15 How Citizens Interact with Government Information LAC Strategic Choices Citizen/Client research and evaluation built into management decision making Government must manage information with public interest in mind Ongoing dialogue