About the AOASG

The Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG) works to:

  1. Advocate
  2. Collaborate
  3. Raise Awareness
  4. Lead & Build Capacity

for open access to all the outputs of scholarship in Australia and New Zealand.

We support the Open Knowledge foundation of definition of “Open”, i.e. that anyone can freely access, use, modify, and share content for any purpose. We also support the right of authors to retain their copyright and to be attributed for their work.

The outputs of scholarship include, but are not limited to, preprints, peer reviewed scholarly manuscripts, data, software, theses, books, and monographs

The AOASG is supported by several member institutions as listed on the membership page.

Your contribution is welcome

The AOASG invites members of the broader open access community in Australia and New Zealand to contribute to the discussion on the AOASG Open Access Community Discussion list. You can subscribe by going here.

This site aims to be an authoritative location for all aspects of the open access discussion in Australia and New Zealand. We welcome suggestions and contributions through the Contact us page.

AOASG Terms of Reference

TheAustralasian Open Access Strategy  Group Terms of Reference are:

1. Advocacy

  • To advocate for open access outcomes from publicly funded research
  • To provide leadership through providing information to government funding bodies, researchers and policy makers

2. Collaboration

  • To collaborate and develop relationships with organisations of researchers and scholarly communications (for example the Australia Digital Alliance, Council of Australian University Librarians) to support open access
  • To maximise the collective knowledge of AOASG membership by collaborating with each other to support open access objectives

3. Raising awareness

  • To provide a voice within the region on open access and to contribute to international discussions around the world
  • To ensure that the research community and the community more broadly has access to accurate information on open access, actively identifying and addressing misinformation.
  • To remain abreast of, and engage in, current debates including providing arguments for open access
  • To identify potential issues for the future including their complexities and possible impacts

4. Lead and build capacity

  • To remain nimble and flexible and evolve to ensure the organisation is sustainable.
  • To develop capabilities in Australian and New Zealand research organisations to advance open access.