Project Description

The goal of the Open Government Project is to provide a rationale for, and persuade the next BC government to introduce, ‘Open Government’ measures.  We will seek to demonstrate why it is both necessary and beneficial for any level of government to increase its information sharing, transparency and engagement with citizens.

This volunteer initiative will draw on the expertise of people who work in fields directly affected by open governance and access to information policy, including law, journalism, library sciences, data and records management, archives, civil society, and of course, government itself.

Working across these stakeholder communities, the project team will produce a position paper on Open Government and its implementation and offer it to future office holders.  The position paper will be called Government Transparency, Citizen Engagement and Public Access to Information: A ‘Best Practices’ Proposal for B.C.

We will hold public forums to air the paper’s ideas and recommendations. Hopefully, this will provide a foundation for vigorous public discussion on open government and encourage the adoption of recommended measures.

Project Advisers

Gwen Barlee, Policy Director, the Wilderness Committee

Rob Botterell, Barrister & Solicitor; Former Director, Information and Privacy Branch, Government of British Columbia

Terry Eastwood, Professor Emeritus, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, University of BC

Carla Graebner, Liaison Librarian: Economics and Government Information; Data Curator and Digital Preservation Project Manager, W.A.C. Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University

Herb Lainchbury, President, Open Data Society of BC; Founder, OpenDataBC; CEO, Dynamic Solutions Inc.

Mike Larsen, Instructor, Dept. of Criminology, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Murray Rankin, M.P., QC, Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Victoria; former Special Advisor on Freedom of Information to the Government of British Columbia.

Alasdair Roberts, Jerome L. Rappaport Professor of Law and Public Policy, Suffolk University Law School, Boston.

Mark Weiler, PhD, Curriculum Theory and Implementation, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University