Open scholarship and FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) scholarly practices support the efficient dissemination of knowledge to researchers, students, policy makers and to the wider public, facilitate faster scientific discovery and problem solving, and underpin the integrity of research.
Open and FAIR scholarly practices are continually innovating. This requires ongoing collaboration between libraries, funders, policy makers, publishers, and our research communities – collaboration that is facilitated by CAUL.
Completed Projects and Outcomes
Under the previous banner of "FAIR, affordable and open access to knowledge" the program has completed five projects focused on the issues, barriers and opportunities around open scholarship in Australia.
- The Collection and Reporting of Article Processing Charges (APCs) Information project investigated the cost of APCs to Australian universities.
- The Retaining Rights to Research Publications project investigated the best approach for researchers in Australian universities to retain (non-commercial) rights to their research publications and improve compliance with funder’s requirements.
- The Review of Australian Repository Infrastructure project investigated how repository infrastructure can improve the findability, accessibility, interoperability and re-usability of Australian-funded research.
- The new Statement on Open Scholarship commits CAUL to advancing open scholarship through a range of initiatives.
- The Fair Use Advocacy project built support for a fair use copyright legislative framework in Australia.