Daniel J. Caron is currently professor at École nationale d’administration publique at Université du Québec en Outaouais where is responsible for the Research Chair in Exploitation of Information Resources. Among other things, he is teaching e-government and information management courses. He is also conducting researches on open government and transparency with municipalities and provincial organisations. Moreover, Dr. Caron is teaching Program Evaluation at the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University.
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Prior to that, Dr. Caron served more than 30 years within the Canadian federal public service in various capacities including Chief information officer, director general responsible for access, privacy and information management, assistant deputy minister responsible for the records of the federal public sector. Prior to his retirement in 2013 as deputy head of Library and archives Canada, he led three important initiatives. The first one, the "Digital office" project, received a prize from the Information Management community in 2013. The second initiative was a mandate to rethink the approach to record-keeping and archival processes within the federal government and led to the Directive on Recordkeeping. Finally, Dr. Caron led an initiative to reorganise the federal library system in an attempt to optimize it with a greater use of digital technologies.
His areas of research and expertise include information resources management, e-government, transparency and open government and digital humanities. He is currently one of the co-chairs of the Panel on Transparency and Open Government at the International Research Society of Public Management. As a member of the Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur les humanités numériques, he is also researching on the impacts of the digital culture on society. He has published articles in the field of public administration with the most recent focussing on information resources 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 21ième siècle at Hermann in 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 faced by memory institutions in the digital environment.
Dr. Caron holds a B.A. and M.A. in economics from Université Laval and a Ph.D. in Ph.D. in Human Applied Sciences from Université de Montréal.