Next week, the Canadian Geomatics Community Round Table (CGCRT) will convene in Ottawa to work out how to achieve a vision for the year 2020 as defined in the Pan-Canadian Geomatics Strategy. I’ll be representing Open North, a non-profit with a mandate to create online tools to educate and empower citizens to participate actively in Canadian democracy. We’re particularly interested in the “Data Sources” dimension of the Strategy, which identifies issues, strategic objectives, and possible actions with respect to geospatial data access. Open geospatial data is fundamental to the success of our tools. For example, one ongoing project has had us assembling all federal, provincial, and municipal electoral boundaries across the country. The experience has highlighted the need for more consistent access to key datasets at all levels of government.