Free Data: Changes to Statistics Dissemination Policy and Impact on the Community Data Program
CCSD is in regular communication with Statistics Canada and is aware of the emerging approach being taken regarding dissemination of standard tables and liberalization oflicensing restrictions. The full details of that approach are still being spelled out, with many unanswered questions affecting the needs of members of Community Data Consortia:
· What products will beconsidered “standard”?
· What geographies will be considered “standard”?
· How will the cost of non-standard / customized products be affected?
· How will Statistics Canada’s capacity to respond to our customized data requests be affected?
· How will the changes at Statistics Canada affect other Federal Government departments like Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation?
· What kinds of licensing restrictions should our program put in place to non-membersinterested in accessing the data we acquire at great cost?
While many of these details arestill being worked out, the 2012-2017 CCSD Community Data Program has been designed in anticipation of this approach and other changes taking place at Statistics Canada:
1. The Program will continue to focus on acquiring customized data sets and customized geographies not available as free online products.
2. The Program is partnering with organizations other than Statistics Canada to include a wider diversity of small area data products and analytical tools not freely available.
3. Consistent with its capacity building mandate, the Program will assist members in accessing free data, from Statistics Canada and other organizations.
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