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WA1: Free Stars in the Data Universe - AKA – Open Sources of Data

Presenter 1
Jane Fry
Carleton University
Presenter 2
Wendy Watkins
Carleton University

All Canadian universities (and some colleges) are members of the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) of Statistics Canada. This rich resource answers many of the data questions from our clients – but not all of them! This workshop will show you other stars in the data universe. And keeping in mind the budget restrictions under which many of us operate, we will be concentrating on the open data sources, that is, the free data resources, that are out there. We will be examining open data sources from various countries, with a focus on Canada. Some of the areas we will look at are: social surveys; election surveys; socio-economic country level data; public opinion polls; geographic and environmental information; and student financial surveys. The workshop will be part presentation and part hands-on so the participants will be able to examine these data stars themselves. Another component will be the participants showing us any open data sources that they want to share.

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