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This guide began as a project of Statistics Canada’s Data Liberation Initiative. The editors acknowledge the work of Gaëtan Drolet from Université Laval (Quebec), a valuable collaborator, who undertook the initial development of this guide to address the needs of his peers. He devoted considerable time and expertise to the completion of this project. We would also like to extend special thanks to Marie-Josée Bourgeois for her indispensable work in the production of the guide.

Statistics Canada also acknowledges the financial contribution from the Depository Services Program in the development of this publication.

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