Thursday, April 3, 2014

PCCF Usage


I have a PCCF question that may require clarification:

An established research group on campus - whose members are all part of the university community as either faculty or graduate students - have taken on a contract to conduct research for a local government agency. PCCFs will almost certainly be required to complete the work and submit the results to the agency. Data will not be shared but results of the research will be, as per Appendix A of the EULA, which allows use of postal code resources for research purposes.

But given that the research group's work is for a third party and that money will change hands for services rendered, does the postal code resources EULA apply?

This has been a very tricky situation for the research group. They are acting as agents of the university, i.e, the actual, capital-R, capital-G Research Group has been contracted to do the work and not the researchers working in their individual capacity beyond the university's mandate. This means that the university's Research Ethics Board requires ethics approval before research begins. At the same time, since the research is for a third party, other administrative units on campus see their work as external to the school and its policies. So we want to clarify where things stand with the postal code resources EULA.


I consulted with our Licensing section and have confirmed that their use is not acceptable under the EULA with the DLI since this is being done for a third party. The DLI was granted a Licence for the research, teaching and planning purposes. The third party must contact a Regional Office to acquire the file. The end-use licence which will be provided by the Regional Office will permit the third party to provide the PCCF to the university solely for the purpose of consulting services.

The Regional Office can provide the third party with information about the acquisition process. If you would like more information, please let me know and I can put you in touch with the appropriate party here at Statistics Canada.