Setting the scene: towards an
Australian Information Strategy
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Putting Innovation centre-stage
Information flow is a central part of the innovation
The value of information/content is in its use/re-use
Venturous Australia
•Australia should establish a National Information
Strategy to optimise the flow of information in the
Australian economy. The fundamental aim of a National
Information Strategy should be to:
•maximise the flow of government generated
information, research, and content for the benefit
of users (including private sector resellers of
•A specific strategy for ensuring the scientific
knowledge produced in Australia is placed in machine
searchable repositories be developed and implemented
using public funding agencies and universities as drivers.
•Information, research and content funded by
Australian governments – including national collections
– should be made freely available over the internet
as part of the global public commons, to the maximum
extent possible.
Open gate by chelmsfordblue (Nick)
Sam the Koala and David Tree
Victorian bushfires, February 2009
Vale Sam
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Freedom of Information laws enacted
Cutler, Wainwright – digital content strategy proposals
Office of Spatial Data Management (OSDM) access and reuse policy
CLRC Crown Copyright inquiry
Launch of Creative Commons in Australia
Commencement of Queensland Government Spatial Information Licensing Project
2005 Unlocking the Potential: Digital Content Industry Action Agenda, Strategic Industry Leaders Group report to the
Australian Government
Publication of QSIC report proposing a Government Information Licensing Framework (GILF), based on the
Creative Commons licences
GILF project continues as a Queensland Government-QUT collaboration (from 2007 to 2010 as a CRC for Spatial
Information project)
Launch of Creative Commons in New Zealand
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Geoscience Australia (GA), Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) implement open
access and adopt CC licensing; National Library of Australia; Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Pool); various State
and local government initiatives
OECD Ministerial Seoul Declaration on the Future of the Internet Economy - OECD Recommendations on publicly
funded research (2006) and Access to PSI (2008)
Venturous Australia report on National Innovation System (Cutler Report)
Australia’s Digital Economy, Future Directions (Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital
Improving Access to Victorian PSI and Data report by Victorian Parliament Economic Development and
Infrastructure Committee (EDIC)
Government 2.0 Taskforce formed and Engage: Getting on with Government 2.0 report published
New Zealand (draft) Government Open Access Licensing Framework (NZGOAL); UK Power of Information report
Freedom of Information/Right to Information reforms – State and Federal legislation based to varying degrees on
“Faulkner Model”
Victorian Government’s response to EDIC report and commitment to an Information Management Framework for
sharing PSI
Federal government’s response to Engage: Getting on with Government 2.0; publication of revised IP Guidelines
Declaration of Open Government
2011 NZGOAL launched
Building bridges
Creative Industries and GLAM sector
International organisations – OECD, CODATA, ICSU, EU
National security/internet surveillance agencies
Information Commissioners/FoI and Privacy
• Standards organisations
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