LIBR 539J (3) Data Sources in the Public Domain


MAS students: Completion of the MAS Core courses, plus permission of the instructor.

MLIS and Dual students: Some electives can be taken in conjunction with the MLIS Core courses; consult with the MLIS Program Chair for recommendations.

GOAL: The primary goal of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to access, manage and provide services for open and public domain data in its many forms.


Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Describe the origins and aims of the Open Government and Open Data movements;
  • Clearly delineate between different types of open public data, including geospatial data;
  • Define and articulate the uses of Linked Open Data.
  • Identify and use major repositories and collections of open data in Canada and internationally;
  • Design and articulate a data curation strategy for a small dataset, employing recognized descriptive standards;
  • Design and provide services to support use of public domain data by individuals and groups within the community;
  • Provide instruction in the fundamentals of data literacy,


  • E-government information: public access and use
  • Open government and the open data movement
  • Open data repositories
  • Descriptive standards for open data
  • Open data curation
  • Needs and uses of open data: community-based examples
  • Linked open data
  • GIS datasets and mapping
  • Data literacy
  • Working with open data: tools and techniques
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