October 24, 2014

A First For a New Zealand University, Lincoln University Implements Open Access Policy

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From a Lincoln U. Announcement:

In a first for a New Zealand university, Lincoln University has implemented an open access policy, allowing staff and postgraduate students to make their research outputs including research data, teaching materials and public records, openly and freely accessible on the web.

The decision by Lincoln University to make content openly and freely available stems from the mindset that if public funding has supported the creation of an idea, research or other content, then it is reasonable and fair that it be made accessible to the public.

“This is a huge step forward for Lincoln University and all the more so when considering we are the first university in New Zealand to implement such a policy,” says Lincoln University Librarian, Professor Penny Carnaby.

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Content is be available through the Lincoln University Research Archive website and the newly created Lincoln University Community Archive website, an online history of the people, events, and local community since the founding of the institution, and its websites.

In another initiative to facilitate greater access to information and to foster literacy in the Selwyn District the University is working with the Selwyn District Council, National Library of New Zealand and Lincoln High School.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.