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Update on Canada’s Data Liberation Initiative 21 January 2009

The Data Liberation Initiative is a worthy project that aims to provide academic researchers with affordable and equitable access to Canadian current governmental statistics and other data. I had a chance to meet with three DLI team members back in 2003, and I’m glad to see that the initiative, approved by the Canadian government as a pilot in 1996, has grown into a robust effort with subprojects that benefit the spectrum of public data users. DLI and similar undertakings such as the US government’s Fedstats, the Open Data Foundation, and IBM’s Many Eyes are what real data liberation is all about.

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