Open Access in Australia

October 31st, 2006 by Kaitlin Thaney

Echoing the aims of our Scholar’s Copyright Project, (see OAL Program), the OAK (Open Access to Knowledge) Law Project in Australia is pushing towards increased access to knowledge from the academy. The project is housed at the Queensland University of Technology, which serves as Australia project lead for Creative Commons’ lead agency in Australia. OAK aims to develop legal protocols that will allow for easier and expanded management of copyright issues in an open access environment.

From “Outcomes”, the project aims to create:

  • nationally and internationally applicable legal protocols based on the Creative Commons model that can be used to facilitate open access to copyright material
  • legal solutions in the form of guidelines on best practice models for managing copyright issues in open access environments (e.g. where further commercial publication is expected – E-Prints model)
  • a Rights Expression Language that can be used to technologically enhance open access
  • an application of the legal protocols and solutions and REL to existing and proposed repositories

Having wrestled with the same copyright obstacles as researchers and innovators of all kinds in other areas of the world, this group in Australia seems to use the existing open access model as a springboard.

To read more about OAK and their developments in the coming months, visit their Web site.

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