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A CIRANO Researcher and CIRANO since 2015, Daniel J. Caron is Professor at the École nationale d'administration publique. He is also Holder of the Research Chair in Information Resource Development, Scientific Director of the Observatory of Public Administration, one of the co-chairs of the International Research Society of Public Management's Panel on Transparency and Open Government and a member of the Inter-University Research Centre for the Digital Humanities. He also teaches program evaluation at Carleton University's School of Public Policy and Administration.
Holding a Ph.D. in Applied Human Sciences from the Université de Montréal, he is interested in issues related to digital technology and the exploitation of information resources. His research work deals with open data, transparency, document management in organizations, information governance models, and public and administrative policies affecting document production in the digital age. Her areas of expertise also include program evaluation and aboriginal issues.
Prior to that, Mr. Caron worked for over 30 years in the Canadian federal public service, where he held a variety of positions, including Director of Information, Director General responsible for Access, Privacy and Information Management, and Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for federal public sector records. Prior to his retirement in 2013 as head of Library and Archives Canada, he led three major initiatives. The first, the "Digital Office" project, received an award from the information management community in 2013. The second initiative was a mandate to rethink the approach to recordkeeping and archival processes within the federal government and led to the Recordkeeping Directive. Finally, Mr. Caron led an initiative to reorganize the federal library system to optimize it through the increased use of digital technologies.
Mr. Caron has published articles in the field of public administration, most recently on information resource issues in academic journals such as Archival Sciences, American Archivist and Archivaria. In 2011, he published Web HT.0 - Pour une société informée : la pertinence numérique et ses défis pour les sociétés démocratiques au XXIe siècle at Hermann (Paris). In 2014, he published L'Homme imbibé. De l'oral au numérique : un enjeu pour l'avenir des cultures ? These two books address the multiple challenges facing memory institutions in the digital environment.