COINAtlantic Data Accessibility Organizational Self-Assessment Tool
The COINAtlantic data accessibility self-assessment tool (CDAST) is for use in organizations to develop a benchmark to monitor progress in improving an organizationís policies and procedures for providing effective and easy access to the data and information held by them.
Partners for this project included: Dr. Bertrum MacDonald, School of Information Management, Dalhousie University for tool development, and Robert Branton, Emeritus, Ocean Tracking Network for tool testing and Google form development.
CDAST Components: Principals and Evaluation Ladders
The data accessibility principles used in the benchmark are an aggregation of four documents: the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Developmentís Principles and Guidelines for Access to Research Data from Public Funding1; the Government of Canadaís Operating Principles for the Open Government site2; the United States Memorandum on Open Data Policy3; and the G8 Charter for Open Data4. For each principle one or more evaluation ladders have been developed with questions designed to assist the user in positioning their organizationís policies and procedures on the ladder.
1 OECD Principles and Guidelines for Access to Research Data from Public Funding, http://www.oecd.org/science/sci-tech/38500813.pdf
Data Accessibility Principles:
Notes about the Tool:
Try the tool here:
Tool Presentation (PDF slides):
This work is part of the Information Accessibility Policy Best Practices for Coastal Adaptation Project by the Atlantic Coastal Zone Information Steering Committee (ACZISC) Secretariat in collaboration with a number of partners (see details above). The project was funded by Natural Resources Canada.