Just in case we needed any further evidence that Canadians value the data we collect to support our nation and its citizens, Statistics Canada has announced that the 2016 Census had the highest overall response rate — 98.4! — in recent history.
Here’s a snippet from the StatsCan release:
Canadians’ response to the 2016 long form was simply outstanding. In 2016, the collection response rate for the long form was 97.8 per cent, the best ever recorded. This response rate will enable the provision of high-quality information for virtually all communities.
The 2016 Census also stood out in two other regards: self-response and Internet response. Almost 9 in 10 Canadian households completed their long or short form questionnaire without any assistance from Statistics Canada staff. The rate of 88.8 per cent makes this the most efficient among traditional censuses conducted in the world.
Response rates to individual questions are also high and very uniform throughout the questionnaire, further improving data quality.
As for the Internet response, Canadians delivered a gold medal performance with an Internet response rate of 68.3 per cent, surpassing the ambitious initial objective of 65 per cent and setting yet again another world record.
High rates of self-response and Internet response contribute to both the efficiency of data collection and exceptional data quality.
We should all be very proud! You can read the full release from Statistics Canada here.
Great news from the folks at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the U.S. recently announced that all of their publicly-funded research is now Open Access, and free to access online. It’s great to see large organizations like NASA adhering to the Open Access Policy put in place in 2013 in the United States.
In January 2015, I was fortunate to be invited to take part in a fantastic and inspiring 2-day conference entitled “Envisioning our Information Future & How to Educate for It“. Focusing on the importance of leadership and cutting-edge skills in LIS education, this conference represents an opportunity for “evaluating and implementing relevant curriculum focused on innovation, continuous learning, and critical engagement within a global context.” The grant for this conference was led by Dr. Eileen G. Abels, School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College along with partners Dr. Linda C. Smith, Graduate School of Library and Information Science University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Dr. Lynne C. Howarth, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto.
During the forum, participants agreed on the importance of promoting awareness of the “cool” careers one can pursue in the information science field in libraries, archives, museums, and beyond. In support of this goal, principal investigators Eileen Abels, Lynne Howarth, and Linda Smith collaborated with Abels’ Dean’s Fellow, Derek Murphy, to create this podcast. Each episode features an interview with a different conference participant exploring a nontraditional area in Library and Information Science. Episode 1 features Gemma Petrie on User Experience Research, and Episode 2 features Kimberly Silk on Data Librarianship.