Re. below, in light of the current Federal Government's proposed changes to
Access to Information, this initiative is all the more critical. Please
consider it in your various information sources.
All the best,
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> *Subject:* [CivicAccess-discuss] CivicAccess - Public Launch
> Public Launch - *CivicAccess*
> April 26, 2006
> (Le texte français suit l'anglais)
> We would like to announce the launch of a new online space for
> Canadian civic engagement - *Citizens for Open Access to Civic
> Information and Data* (aka: *CivicAccess.ca*). *CivicAccess*
> is being founded by librarians, civil servants, academics,
> lawyers, free- and open-source advocates, geomatics
> professionals and community planners from across Canada. We
> are motivated by the belief that open civic information and
> data are necessary for being engaged citizens in an
> "information society".
> Our goals are:
> To encourage all levels of governments (county,
> municipal, provincial, federal) to make civic data and
> information available to citizens without restrictions,
> at no cost, and in useable open formats.
> To encourage the development of citizen projects using
> civic data and information
> Access to civic information and data help us make informed
> choices as voters. In addition it helps to ensure government
> transparency and accountability - essential elements of a
> democracy. These are the bits and bytes required to
> understand, critically analyze, and re-envision the
> communities in which we live.
> As engaged citizens in our neighborhoods, cities, and
> provinces we are working to develop a community of practice on
> open civic data in Canada.
> This is an idea whose time has come. Please join us in making
> it a reality!
> *Founders:* Darin Barney, Marcus Bornfreund, Stéphane Couture,
> Patrick Dinnen, Daniel Faivre, Michael Geist, Stephane
> Guidoin, Michael Gurstein, Daniel Haran, Ted Hildebrandt,
> Alton Hollett, Cory Horner, Tracey Lauriault, Nathalie
> Leclerc, Michael Lenczner, Graham Longford, Hugh McGuire,
> Russell McOrmond, Robin Millette, Joe Murray, Michael Pilling,
> Joel Rivard, Gabe Sawhney, Phillip Smith and Marc Tuters.
> *To find out more:*
> Discussion List -
> Website - http://civicaccess.ca/
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