Review of regulatory framework for environmental information

Fitzgerald, Anne M., Hooper, Neale, & Foong, Cheryl (2010) Review of regulatory framework for environmental information. In Proceedings of the 6th IEEE International Conference on e-Science Workshops, IEEE Computer Society, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Qld.

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If Australian scientists are to fully and actively participate in international scientific collaborations utilising online technologies, policies and laws must support the data access and reuse objectives of these projects. To date Australia lacks a comprehensive policy and regulatory framework for environmental information and data generally. Instead there exists a series of unconnected Acts that adopt historically-based, sector-specific approaches to the collection, use and reuse of environmental information. This paper sets out the findings of an analysis of a representative sample of Australian statutes relating to environmental management and protection to determine the extent to which they meet best practice criteria for access to and reuse of environmental information established in international initiatives. It identifies issues that need to be addressed in the legislation governing environmental information to ensure that Australian scientists are able to fully engage in international research collaborations.

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ID Code: 40801
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: public sector, information, government , legislation , environmental data, regulation
DOI: 10.1109/eScienceW.2010.34
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Intellectual Property Law (180115)
Divisions: Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 IEEE
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Deposited On: 17 Mar 2011 21:53
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