Richard Akerman is a Senior Open Science Advisor at Environment Canada where he is coordinating the concerted efforts of federal science-based departments and agencies in advancing open science. He was instrumental in developing the first federal Open Science Implementation Plan. He communicates frequently about open science on Twitter. He has helped organise open data events for the federal government and for the City of Ottawa. He is a member of the civil society group Open Data Ottawa, which advocates for municipal open data. He has written and presented about scholarly communication and the ways in which technology is impacting academic libraries and publishers.