This website is currently in a beta phase. Though bilingual functionality exists, we are still working on translating all elements.

If you would like to provide feedback or help build this resource, please see the link at the bottom for contact information.

These FAQs are based on questions submitted to the community.

Have a question?

Submit your questions to the Canadian Data Curation Network via its Google Group.


Q: I need to do a light level of curation on new submissions to our institutional repository. How should I begin?

  • See the Quickstart Guide section of this website for basic information about data curation, and resources to help you get started.

Q: Can I redistribute content with an Open Government License (OGL)?

  • Information and resources with an Open Government License (OGL) may be copied, modified, adapted, translated, published and redistributed. The information provider should be acknowledged, and if possible a link to the license should be provided. For further information, see Open Government Licence - Canada.

Q: Are the Creative Commons licenses appropriate for software?

  • The Creative Commons (CC) organization addresses this in their FAQ and recommends against using a CC license for software. CC licenses do not specifically address distribution of source code, or patent rights, and CC licenses are not generally compatible with many existing software licenses.
  • The Open Source Initiative maintains a list of open source licenses that are appropriate for software, which have undergone their ‘License Review Process’.