Je lève mon chapeau à mes collègues de la Freedom of Information and Privacy Association de la Colombie-Britannique. Ils nous livrent gratuitement un guide expliquant le processus de requête d’accès à l’information dans un contexte de recherche académique (ou autre).
Lancé sous licence Creative Commons, le document est accessible librement mais une contribution volontaire est demandée. Le titre du document est évocateur : Access and the Academy – Bringing ATI and FOI to academic research, dont voici le résumé :
Freedom of Information (FOI) and Access to Information (ATI) laws can be employed in any of these scenarios, and many more. Compared to the scope of the information that they collect and retain, the amount of data that is proactively made publicly available by government bodies
represents the tip of the proverbial iceberg. If you are looking to dig deeper and obtain records that are otherwise beyond reach, exercising your formal information rights under ATI/FOI laws can be an effective and rewarding method of inquiry.
The purpose of ths text is to provide readers with guidance on how to use ATI/FOI mechanisms as tools for academic research and inquiry. The text is geared toward students, academics, and others interested in employing the B.C. Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPP) Act and/or the Canadian Access to Information Act (ATIA), but most of the content of Access in the Academy is applicable to other Canadian access laws as well.
Over the following pages, you will find a description of the ATI/FOI process, instructions and tips for formulating and filing ATI/FOI requests, advice for troubleshooting requests-in-progress, and an overview of challenges, problems, and appeals processes.