Legal Framework for e-Research: Realising the Potential

Submitted by Scott on Tue, 2008-12-09 11:55.

Legal Framework for e-Research: Realising the Potential contains papers from the Legal Framework for e-Research Project's International Conference held on 11 and 12 July 2007 in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia.

“The recognition that increasingly sophisticated ICT techniques would need to be matched by increasingly sophisticated ways of thinking about some of the
legal issues that might arise, particularly given the minefield posed just by conditions relating to the collection and availability of data across a wide
number of fields, therefore led to the initiative represented by the contents of this report. We need skilful thinking about the legal context for all of the
rapid and new, indeed scarcely definable activities that are mushrooming in this sphere. An early start on this was the July 2007 conference on the topic.

It is my pleasure to commend the papers in this volume for those interested in considering the many interesting challenges posed for researchers, legal
specialists and administrators in this area."

Professor Tom Cochrane
Deputy Vice Chancellor of QUT
Chair of the Australian e-Research Infrastructure Council (AeRIC)
Brisbane, 30 June 2008

Draft Sample Publishing Agreement

Submitted by Scott on Mon, 2008-12-08 14:38.

The OAK Law Project is developing a Sample Publishing Agreement to assist both authors and publishers to enable greater access to knowledge. A DRAFT VERSION only is available here and the project team would appreciate any comments, suggestions or guidance.

Please send those to Kylie Pappalardo at k.pappalardo@qut.edu.au.

Open Access and Research Conference 2008 - Presentation Recordings and Slides Released

Submitted by Scott on Thu, 2008-10-09 16:31.

The OAK Law project hosted an international conference on Wednesday 24 September-Thursday 25 September 2008, with Post-Conference Workshops on Friday 26 September at Stamford Plaza, Brisbane.

The conference was opened by Senator the Honourable Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.

The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) along with many other institutions throughout the world has pioneered the establishment of management practices and the necessary infrastructure to promote access and innovation. This landmark conference brought together experts from Australia and around the world to speak on a range of topics such as:

• Evolving publishing models • Repository management• eResearch • Policy development • Data access and reuse • Legal and technical issues

In the last session of the conference, participants were asked to comment on a text to be known as the Brisbane Declaration, affirming in general terms support for open access to research as a general principle in Australia. As a result of this, a text was circulated following the conference which over 60 participants supported.

Slides made available by the speakers can be accessed by clicking on the speakers name below. All of these slides are released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivatives (Australia) 2.5 licence, unless otherwise stated. Likewise, clicking on “Recording of Session 112K" will bring up the presentations and commentary given in the session that we can release under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivatives (Australia) 2.5 licence, unless otherwise stated. “56K" is the lower resolution recording of the session. These recordings will be updated as further consents are received.

Day 1. Wednesday 24 September
Opening address

Senator the Hon Kim Carr
Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research

Why Open Access is Important for Innovation
(A transcript of the Minister's Opening Address is available from the Minister's website and is released subject to the terms of that website. Permission to provide access to the video of the Minister's Opening Address has been sought)

Session 1 : The Future of Knowledge Recording of Session 112K; 56K

John Wilbanks (Science Commons, USA)
The Future of Knowledge, What Greater Access Means for Research

Commentators: Dr Terry Cutler (Cutler and Company) and
Prof Mary O'Kane (Mary O'Kane & Associates)

Session 2 : Open Access : The Next Five Years Recording of Session 112K; 56K

Dr Alma Swan (Key Perspectives)
Overview of Open Access - Where is it Going?

Commentators: Prof Tom Cochrane (DVC TILS, QUT) and Derek Whitehead (Swinburne University)

Session 3 : Collaborative Innovation: Data Access and Re-Use Recording of Session 112K; 56K

Dr Richard Jefferson (CAMBIA and the BiOS Initiative)
Open Patents and Open Data; a Key Issue in Open Access.

Commentators: Prof Anne Fitzgerald (OAK Law Project, QUT Law Faculty) and Frederika Welle Donker (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)

Session 4 : Computation Technology and the Power of Open Access Recording of Session 112K; 56K

Dr Tony Hey (Microsoft)
Directions in computing in support of science and the role of Open Access.

Dr Rhys Francis (Executive Director of AeRIC)
eResearch Infrastructure and Open Access

Commentators: Prof Paul Roe (QUT) and Prof Bernard Pailthorpe (UQ)

Session 5: Open Access and Research Quality Recording of Session 112K; 56K

Prof Stevan Harnad (Southhampton / Quebec)
Why Open Access is important in the assessment of research quality.

Prof Rodney Wissler, (Dean of Research and Research Training, QUT)
Research Assessment in Australia, the 2008 Landscape.

Commentators – Scott Kiel-Chisholm (OAK Law Project, QUT Law Faculty) and Prof Arthur Sale (University of Tasmania)

Session 6: A Legal Framework Supporting Open Access Recording of Session 112K; 56K

Maarten Wilbers European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
CERN - World Wide Web, Open Source and now constructing SCOAP: the legal viewpoint.

Prof Brian Fitzgerald (OAK Law Project, QUT Law Faculty)
This presentation will examine key copyright issues that are raised in the open access framework. It will draw on the work undertaken by the OAKLAW Project at QUT and the recently launched OAKLIST as well as consider international developments. (These slides, where indicated, are released under a Creative Commons Attribution (Australia) 2.5 licence otherwise they are all rights reserved)

Commentators: Jenine Borowik (Australian Bureau of Statistics) and Jeffrey Kingwell (Geoscience Australia)

Session 7 Sharing Data Infrastructure Recording of Session 112K; 56K

Dr Alexander Cooke (ARC) (These slides are released with all rights reserved)
Research Infrastructure and the Open Access Agenda

Dr Andrew Treloar (Australian National Data Service (ANDS) Establishment Project)
Progress Report on the ANDS

Commentator: Cathrine Harboe-Ree (Monash University)

Session 8 Transitioning to Open Access : The role of funders and the role of institutions Recording of Session 112K; 56K

Prof Warwick Anderson AM (NHMRC)
Conditions Under Which Grants are Made

Concluding Comments - Prof Tom Cochrane (DVC TILS, QUT)

Day 3. Friday 26 September Optional Workshops
OA Making it Happen

• Cultural Change – Led by Paula Callan & Dr Alma Swan (These slides are released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Sharealike (Australia) 2.5 licence)

Managing the Legal Issues

• Practical steps for handling copyright, IP and other legal issues – Led by Prof Anne Fitzgerald Prof Anne Fitzgerald, Scott Kiel-Chisholm, Kylie Pappalardo and Anthony Austin (OAK Law Project, QUT Law Faculty) (Both Kylie's and Anthony's slides are released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Sharealike (Australia) 2.5 licence)

Research, Access and Innovation: Workshopping the Future of Scholarly Communication and Publishing

• Led by Colin Steele, Prof Roger Clarke and Prof John Houghton

For more information, visit the official website (www.oar2008.qut.edu.au)

Minister Kim Carr Addressed the Open Access and Research Conference

Submitted by annie on Wed, 2008-10-01 13:27.

The Open Access and Research Conference was held on the 24th- 25th of September 2008 at Stamford Plaza in Brisbane. Senator the Honourable Kim Carr sent the opening message to the conference in a video address.

See the media response to Minister Kim Carr's speech click here.

See full programme of OAR conference here.

See the conference delegates’ blogs here and here.

New Joint Project on Patents

Submitted by annie on Wed, 2008-10-01 13:24.

QUT has recently engaged in a new joint project on Patents with Open Access Research Institute CAMBIA, a non-profit entity established almost 20 years ago by award-winning molecular biologist Richard Jefferson. The collaboration is aimed at making the patent system easier to navigate across a range of areas, from paint to pharmaceuticals. At QUT, the effort will be led by deputy vice-chancellor (technology, information and learning support) Tom Cochrane and Professor Brian Fitzgerald, leader of the OAK Law project.

See the full report here

Free Seminar - Open Access to Public Sector and Geospatial Information: An Update on European and Australian Initiatives

Submitted by Scott on Tue, 2008-07-22 11:25.

The CRC for Spatial Information (CRC-SI)& the Open Access to Knowledge (OAK) Law Project of Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Faculty of Law would like to invite you to a Free Seminar entitled:

Open Access to Public Sector and Geospatial Information: An Update on European and Australian Initiatives

With Special Guest, Frederika Welle Donker, MSc. of the Delft University of Technology, Netherlands and OTB Research Institute for Housing, Urban and Mobility Studies

Together with a panel of Australian experts

Friday, 26 September 2008, 2:00 – 5:00pm
OJW ROOM - S Block, Level 12
QUT Gardens Points Campus

Click here for details.

Open Education Resources Free Seminar

The Open Access to Knowledge (OAK) Law Project of

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Faculty of Law

&

ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCi)

Invites you to a

Free Seminar with Leading International and National Experts

What is “Open Education” and what does it mean for the future of learning?

What role can Australia play?

Tuesday September 23rd – 2pm-5pm

OJW ROOM - S Block Level 12

QUT Gardens Points Campus

Lessons from the open access movement are now being applied to open education.Building upon the Budapest Open access Initiative, which first defined open access in 2002, educators, internet pioneers, and foundations launched the Cape Town Open Education Declaration in January 2008. The declaration calls for publicly funded educational materials to be made freely available over the internet, the use of open content licenses, and the collaborative production of materials.

- Melissa Hagemann, Open Scholarship
Convenor: Professor Brian Fitzgerald, QUT/OAK LAW/CCi
Special Guest: Melissa Hagemann, Open Society Institute and Soros Foundations Network
Discussion Leaders (include): John Wilbanks, Science Commons
Delia Browne, Ministerial Council for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA) A/Professor Cushla Kapitzke, Faculty of Education (QUT)
Professor Anne Fitzgerald, Queensland University of Technology OAK LAW Professor James Dalziel, MELCOE Macquarie University
Carolina Rossini, Berkman Centre Harvard Law School Jessica Coates, Creative Commons Clinic (CCi)
                           To be followed by the Open Access and Research (OAR) Conference see: 
                                http://www.oar2008.qut.edu.au      www.oaklaw.qut.edu.au 
                           RSVP: Annie Connell on 07 3138 9576 or at annie.connell@qut.edu.au

See the biographies of the convenor, special guest and discussion leaders

Copyright Law and Digital Preservation Report Released

Submitted by Scott on Mon, 2008-07-14 13:12.

The Open Access to Knowledge (OAK) Law Project, together with the U.S. Library of Congress National Digital Information, Infrastructure and Preservation Program, the U.K. Joint Information Systems Committee and the SURFfoundation in The Netherlands, released their International Study on the Impact of Copyright Law on Digital Preservation at the WIPO International Workshop on Digital Preservation and Copyright in Geneva, Switzerland on 15 July 2008.

This study focuses on the copyright and related laws of Australia, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the impact of those laws on digital preservation of copyrighted works. It also addresses proposals for legislative reform and efforts to develop non-legislative solutions to the challenges that copyright law presents for digital preservation.

The study was written by:

The Library of Congress - National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) (U.S.),

June M. Besek – Executive Director, Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts, Columbia Law School
William LeFurgy – Project Manager, Digital Initiatives, Office of Strategic Initiatives, Library of Congress

Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) (U.K):

Adrienne Muir – Department of Information Science, Loughborough University

Open Access to Knowledge (OAK) Law Project – Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Law Faculty (Australia):

Benedict Atkinson – Research Officer, OAK Law Project
Emma Carroll – Research Assistant, OAK Law Project
Jessica Coates – Project Manager, Creative Commons Clinic, ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, QUT
Brian Fitzgerald – Professor of Intellectual Property and Innovation, QUT Law Faculty & Project Leader, OAK Law Project

SURFfoundation (Netherlands):

Wilma Mossink – Juridisch Adviseur, SURFfoundation