Repository guide now available from OAK Law

April 26th, 2007 by Kaitlin Thaney

A new guide to digital repository use and maintenance is now available, thanks to the Open Access to Knowledge (OAK) Law Project in Queensland, Australia. Launched on April 18, the guide provides background on copyright as it relates to digital repositories and Open Access.

From an announcement on the OAK Law’s Web site:

‘A Guide to Developing Open Access Through Your Digital Repository’ examines and explains the copyright issues involved in depositing and accessing material in digital repositories. It also considers how open access can be best developed for digital repositories in line with legal protocols.

The guide focuses on effective management and promotion of digital repositories and in doing so, examines the relationships between the parties involved in the deposit and access process. Licensing requirements and options are also considered in detail. Finally, the guide touches on more technical considerations, such as software and metadata.

We see the guide as a building block towards a broader accessibility framework. While the focus is Australian law, it has potential to be adapted to other jurisdictions.”

This incredibly informative document is available for free on OAK Law’s Web site.

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