I am pleased to announce that I have achieved full confirmation of candidature status. There will be improvements and updates to openaccess.xyz which has now become the focus of my doctoral research. More specifically, I am pleased to announce that there will be progress in this space as I move forward in answering the following question “How can digital technology enable the curation and access of Australian grey literature?”
Australia spends more than $30 billion a year on projects which produce grey literature
(Lawrence et al., 2014). Grey literature refers to documents which are produced outside of
traditional commercial publishing channels. For example, documents which arise from
government, academic and private research projects, which are not controlled by commercial publishing houses. Government agencies allocate billions of dollars, each year, to research projects and programs.
In Australia, examples of these agencies include the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), who collectively allocated approximately $19 billion dollars in public funding to Australian research projects between 2000 and 2014. These research projects produce large quantities of grey literature.
Students in the higher education sector also produce grey literature, in the form of
theses and dissertations. Lawrence (2014) argues that grey literature is challenging, as it does not fall into standardised categories of document classification. The recent ARC funded project by Lawrence also argues that grey literature requires special attention and that unfortunately, Australia is lacking in best-practice for digital information production across government, education, civil society and industry. This shortfall is calculated as having a potential national efficiency impact of around $17 billion per annum. Given the context, an opportunity exists to answer the research question of “How can digital technology enable the curation and access of Australian grey literature?”
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Lawrence, A., Houghton, J., Thomas, J. and Weldon, P. (2014). Realising the value of
grey literature for public policy & practice. WHERE IS THE EVIDENCE?. [online] Melbourne,
Australia: Swinburne Institute for Social Research. Available at: http://apo.org.au/
research/where – evidence – realising – value – grey – lite rature – public – policy – and –
practice [Accessed 4 Mar. 2016].