[LINK] Make Australian Government Publications Open Access?, NLA, Canberra, 25 October

Tom Worthington Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Wed Oct 25 10:22:08 AEST 2006

My talk  for the Canberra Society of Editors on electronic publishing 
at the National Library of Australia this evening (6 pm) was sounding 
a bit dull.

So I have added a bit proposing the Australian Government adopt Open 
Access publishing. I have modified the Australian government 
copyright notice to allow this, including a Creative Commons licence: 

A search showed there were currently only 8 gov.uk, 249 gov and 603 
gov.au web pages with an open source licence. Of the 603 Australian 
pages, 600 are from the City of Sydney, one from the Victorian 
Government, two NSW (none federal).

ps: For the first version of the Australian Defence web site in 1995, 
I copied a copyright notice from an AGPS book and added "Permission 
is given for non-profit electronic viewing, via the Internet." 
A few agencies copied this and there are some still in use 

Some non-government bodies copied this notice, which may be in breech 
of copyright, since I made sure to put a copyright notice on the 
copyright notice.  ;-)

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