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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 (Unpublished)

Abstract

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.

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ID Code: 28146
Item Type: Review
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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