Enabling open access to and re-use of publicly funded research data in Malaysian public universities : a legal and policy analysis
Mohamad Hashim, Haswira Nor (2012) Enabling open access to and re-use of publicly funded research data in Malaysian public universities : a legal and policy analysis. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.
Numerous statements and declarations have been made over recent decades in support of open access to research data. The growing recognition of the importance of open access to research data has been accompanied by calls on public research funding agencies and universities to facilitate better access to publicly funded research data so that it can be re-used and redistributed as public goods. International and inter-governmental bodies such as the ICSU/CODATA, the OECD and the European Union are strong supporters of open access to and re-use of publicly funded research data.
This thesis focuses on the research data created by university researchers in Malaysian public universities whose research activities are funded by the Federal Government of Malaysia. Malaysia, like many countries, has not yet formulated a policy on open access to and re-use of publicly funded research data. Therefore, the aim of this thesis is to develop a policy to support the objective of enabling open access to and re-use of publicly funded research data in Malaysian public universities. Policy development is very important if the objective of enabling open access to and re-use of publicly funded research data is to be successfully achieved.
In developing the policy, this thesis identifies a myriad of legal impediments arising from intellectual property rights, confidentiality, privacy and national security laws, novelty requirements in patent law and lack of a legal duty to ensure data quality. Legal impediments such as these have the effect of restricting, obstructing, hindering or slowing down the objective of enabling open access to and re-use of publicly funded research data. A key focus in the formulation of the policy was the need to resolve the various legal impediments that have been identified.
This thesis analyses the existing policies and guidelines of Malaysian public universities to ascertain to what extent the legal impediments have been resolved. An international perspective is adopted by making a comparative analysis of the policies of public research funding agencies and universities in the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia to understand how they have dealt with the identified legal impediments. These countries have led the way in introducing policies which support open access to and re-use of publicly funded research data. As well as proposing a policy supporting open access to and re-use of publicly funded research data in Malaysian public universities, this thesis provides procedures for the implementation of the policy and guidelines for addressing the legal impediments to open access and re-use.
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|Item Type:||QUT Thesis (PhD)|
|Supervisor:||Fitzgerald, Anne & Fitzgerald, Brian|
|Keywords:||open access, re-use, publicly funded research, research data, Malaysian public universities, external benefits, internal benefits, legal impediments, intellectual property, copyright, data ownership, data exclusivity, fair dealing, data licensing, moral rights, confidentiality, privacy, national security, patent, novelty requirements, data quality, legal analysis, policy analysis, comparative analysis, policy, procedures, guidelines|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law|
|Institution:||Queensland University of Technology|
|Deposited On:||04 Nov 2013 02:42|
|Last Modified:||08 Sep 2015 23:18|
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