Minister Clement has announced the 2nd Open Government Action Plan (OGAP2). It covers the years 2014-2016.
Building on the first Open Government Action Plan (released April 2012), there are the following new developments relevant to Open Science:
- The Directive on Open Government has been issued (effective Oct 9, 2014). To the Policy on Information Management and the Recordkeeping Directive, the Open Government Directive adds specific requirements. It requires departments to:
- Maximize the release of Government of Canada open data and open information
- Maintain comprehensive inventories of data and information resources of business value
- Publish and annually update a departmental Open Government Implementation Plan (OGIP)
- There is an Open Science commitment in OGAP2, with Environment Canada and Industry Canada as co-leads. The headline phrase is "maximize access to federally funded scientific research". It includes:
- the development of an Open Science Implementation Plan
- launch of open access to publications and data resulting from federally-funded scientific activities
- establishing an online service to enable one-stop search for publications and data resulting from federal scientific activities
- publishing and updating an online list of peer-reviewed articles by Government of Canada scientists, dating back to 2012
- In addition, the existing commitment to provide a Virtual Library of all government publications is extended: "This new service will provide access to federal publications through an online, searchable repository of published federal documents of all kinds."
For more information, including the complete text of the Open Science commitment, see the new portal at open.canada.ca
UPDATE 2015-07-25: The easiest direct link to the open science commitment is to use the Open Government Partnership site - https://www.opengovpartnership.org/country/canada/commitment/open-science