For readers who may be caught in the trap of constantly improvising new processes for keeping things in good order, and who may be somewhat anxious about the state of their FOI files — for those of you in this crowd, I think you will find this article invaluable.
In this article, FIPPA and MFIPPA refer to Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, respectively. There are a number of reasons that a requestor might ask an institution to disclose records digitally rather than in hard copy: The requestor is hoping toContinue reading “Why do requestors ask for electronic versions of records?”
Can requestors specify whatever format they want? How should an institution respond to a request that specifies the format in which the requestor would like to receive the records? For example, an institution might receive a request for hundreds of pages of documents which are stored by the institution only in hard copy, but theContinue reading “Do institutions have to disclose electronic versions of records?”
What are Metadata and Hidden Data? Metadata Metadata refers to information “about” a record. For a Microsoft Word document, this could include information such as the author of the document, the date and time the document was created, the time spent editing the document, its length, its description, comments about the document, etc. For aContinue reading ““I thought we deleted that!” Metadata and Hidden Data”