About the Open Science and Data Platform

The Open Science and Data Platform provides access to science, data, publications and information about development activities across the country that can be used to understand the cumulative effects of human activities to support better decisions in the future.

Our goal is:

  • To provide access to data, scientific publications and information about natural resource development activities in Canada. 
  • To help Canadians learn about cumulative effects in their communities.
  • To support impact and cumulative effects assessments.

Where does the information come from?

There are many federal, provincial and territorial science and data contributors to the Open Science and Data Platform. The information available will evolve as we continue to connect with additional data holders to ensure we are providing access to the best available information relevant to cumulative effects and development activities in Canada.

What sets the Open Science and Data Platform apart from other federal ‘open systems’?

Following a comprehensive review of federal environmental and regulatory processes in 2016, the Government of Canada proposed an open science and data platform to access and integrate the available science, evidence and Indigenous knowledge that supports these important processes. Launched in 2021 and co-led by Natural Resources Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Open Science and Data Platform provides Canadians with a single point of access to authoritative scientific publications, geospatial data and regulatory information, which can provide useful information in the understanding of cumulative effects and development activities across Canada. As an information sharing platform, which aggregates contributions from federal, provincial and territorial systems, it offers curated content, including thematic and regional collections allowing users to easily access relevant content for many areas of interest. Users can layer datasets in the Platform’s map viewer which provides a comprehensive picture of cumulative effects at a regional scale.

Open Government

As a member of the Open Government Partnership, Canada releases National Action Plans on Open Government. These plans set the direction for open government in Canada and outline specific and concrete changes to advance transparency, integrity, accountability, and public participation across government. The Open Science and Data Platform is highlighted in the 2022-2024 National Action Plan in terms of making information related to cumulative effects easier for Canadians to find and understand. As part of this commitment, user engagement and feedback are applied to guide priorities for the Platform’s development and content.

Open Science and Data Platform Feedback Survey

Natural Resources Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada ensure that user feedback is collected to inform design, delivery and continuous improvement of the Open Science and Data Platform.

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