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Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Supports Innovation by Joining Global Open Data Initiative for Agriculture and Nutrition

For nearly 130 years, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) research has helped build a vital, innovative agriculture industry in Canada. Innovation depends on collaboration, access to knowledge and sharing useful information that can aid in the development of new technologies. AAFC is pleased to join the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative, which supports global efforts to make agricultural and nutritionally relevant data publically available for use worldwide.

Open Government is an international movement to increase public access to government information and data, and supports the Government of Canada's own commitment to openness, transparency and accountability. AAFC is committed to providing access to data produced, collected and used to the Canadian public, researchers and industry communities. AAFC is already a contributor to the Government of Canada's Open Data Portal and is developing an inventory of data sets for release. Joining GODAN will make AAFC's data accessible to an even wider audience and help strengthen ties with key partner countries and organizations, which will ultimately benefit the Canadian agriculture sector.

Making data accessible and usable for all

Launched in 2013, the GODAN network has more than 270 member organizations representing government, academia and industry. Sharing relevant data will enable greater collaborations with trading partners and support innovation and research activities on common agriculture challenges. Having accessible data that can be re-used and redistributed encourages cooperation among agriculture stakeholders.

Please visit Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition to find out more about the initiative.

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