Overview : open access policies, practices and licensing : a review of the literature in Australia and selected jurisdictions
Fitzgerald, Anne M. (2009) Overview : open access policies, practices and licensing : a review of the literature in Australia and selected jurisdictions. Overview : Open access policies, practices and licensing : a review of the literature in Australia and selected jurisdictions. (Unpublished)
Governments generate a vast and important flow of information and content which is
produced by their employees and contractors, or by other organisations that receive
government funding, across a very broad range of scientific, social, cultural and
economic activity. The term “public sector information” (PSI) is used here in a broad
sense to include information and data produced by the public sector as well as
materials that result from publicly-funded cultural, educational and scientific
activities. It can include policy documents and reports of government departments,
public registers, legislation and regulations, meteorological information, scientific
research databases, statistical compilations and datasets, maps and geospatial
information1 and numerous other data and information products produced by
government for public purposes.
The importance of ensuring that such information flows to those who want access to it
in order to use and reuse it is increasingly recognised. The value of PSI derives from
its use. A great deal of the information and content generated by governments and
publicly-funded researchers is of value and relevance to the broader community.
Properly used, as well as contributing to social and economic development, advancing
education, research and innovation, it enhances public health and safety, creates
opportunities for engagement between government and citizens, fosters transparency
of governance and promotes democratic ideals. It is an essential foundation of an
informed, participatory society and provides a foundation for evidence-based policy
and decision-making, for example, in the planning and delivery of health and social
welfare programs. The ability of the global community to address pressing challenges
in the environmental, economic, health, cultural, and other fields is dependent on
realising the full potential of this information and data, which demands improved
levels of access and clearer reuse rights.
Citation countsare sourced monthly fromand citation databases.
These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.
Citations counts from theindexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.
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|Additional Information:||This Overview appears at the beginning of: Fitzgerald, Anne M. (2009) Open access policies, practices and licensing: a review of the literature in Australia and selected jurisdictions. School of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland. ISBN 978-0-9805097-1-7 http://eprints.qut.edu.au/28026/|
|Keywords:||Open Access, Public Sector Information, policy, government material, creative commons|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law|
Current > Schools > School of Law
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2009 Anne Fitzgerald|
|Copyright Statement:||This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia licence. (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/au/) Attribution is to Professor Anne Fitzgerald.|
|Deposited On:||23 Oct 2009 07:31|
|Last Modified:||22 Jun 2011 23:36|
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