The Tasman Declaration came out of the Open Research Conference (mentioned previously on this blog) held in Auckland in February, representing the collective voice of the diverse group of participants, including researchers, lawyers, librarians, research infrastructure providers, technology consultants and software developers from NZ, Australia, the US and the UK. The declaration calls on Australian and New Zealand research communities, institutions, policy makers and funders to make publicly-funded research open:
Publicly funded research should be openly available to maximise return on investments into research, and to increase participation in research and its translation beyond the traditional research sector.
“Open Research” is about removing barriers for society to benefit from research, by ensuring open access to and reuse of research papers, data, materials, metadata and code, and by developing the supporting practices and policies.
In the absence of a good reason, research outputs should be made available with as few restrictions as possible and as soon as possible.
Read more about the story behind the declaration or read the declaration itself in full.
Add your voice by signing it.
An Australasian Open Research Conference is to be held at the University of Auckland on 6-7 February. This will be an important event for researchers interested in openness to explore with like-minded people the rapidly-developing world of open research, publishing and data in the New Zealand and Australian contexts.
The line-up for Day 1 looks to be a fascinating blend of practical exemplars of those already working in the open space and discussion of high-level policy/strategy (non-profit and commercial). Sessions will be led by some of the movers and shakers in openness from both nations. Day 2 will be a barcamp-style, participant-led session looking to explore the themes of Day 1 and in more concrete terms examine how openness can be advanced in our research communities.
Read more on the conference web site.
(Otago people: please let me know if you are planning on attending – it’s important we have representation at this conference and have people who can report back to our community about what transpired).
For those in Dunedin, Creative Commons Aotearoa NZ will be hosting a discussion session just prior to the opening of the NetHui South Conference (see this post). Anything CC-related can be raised, discussed or debated, though the focus will likely be on open access and Open Educational Resources.
The session is open to anyone, regardless of whether you’re attending NetHui. Matt McGregor, CC ANZ’s Public Lead, will be down from Wellington to facilitate.
Creative Commons Meet-up, Kakapo Room, Otago Museum, 11am Friday 23 November
InternetNZ’s first ever regional Internet conference – NetHui South – is being held at Dunedin’s Otago University and Otago Museum on 23rd and 24th November 2012. The cost of registration is only $40. There is an education session scheduled for 11:00AM-1:00PM on Saturday 24 Nov. Also check out the NethuiNZ Facebook page, Twitter stream, Youtube Channel, and Flickr images.
What is NetHui South?
From the NetHui South Website:
This is an Internet conference with a distinctly South Island flavour. In common with its parent (national) NetHui conference, the defining feature of NetHui South is its community-led and participatory nature.
The overarching theme of NetHui South is ‘Shaping Our Future Together,’ a subject that addresses the varied and complex challenges arising from the Internet. In connecting local Internet issues to the international context, NetHui South provides a platform for involving and engaging local communities.
Check out the #EDGEX2012 Conference. The speakers include Jay Cross, George Siemens, Stephen Downes, Clark Quinn, Dave Cormier, Alec Couros, Grainne Conole, Alicia Sanchez, Martin Weller, Les Foltos, and Jon Dron. This list is a who’s who in the world of educational transformation. Have a look at the EDGEX2012 Brochure, the schedule, and register for the Webcasts.
Lego CC by R.B. Boyer - CC BY-SA