This journal article looks at digital collecting of public policy resources such as reports, discussion papers, evaluations and datasets (also known as grey literature) which is still very low in Australia and as a result users find it difficult and time consuming to access the research resources they need.
In November last year the Grey Literature Strategies project published a short discussion paper called Where is the evidence? Realising the value of grey literature for public policy and practice that provides a snapshot of our research to date and has a number of suggestions and recommendations. The feedback so far has been very positive and many people are using the paper to consider their approach to grey literature. We are still keen to hear people's views - either positive, negative or anywhere in between - and would appreciate any written comments that are made via the communication mechanism of your choice.
You can comment via the form below (no registration required), or on the Policy Online page or tweet us @greylitstrategy or @amandaslawrence or email email@example.com. Or phone and have chat 03 9214 8792 or organise a meeting or write your ideas down at drop them at the suggestion box at 400 Burwood Rd Hawthorn, Australia...
While we will be working on these issues for a while yet but feedback by 20 March will be the most helpful.
Presentation slides (pdf) are now available for Amanda Lawrence's keynote presentation at the 16th International Grey Literature conference held at the Library of Congress, 8-9 December 2014. Thank you to Dominic and the GreyNet conference group for the invitation to present. Its been great to visit Washington and be part of the event.
Research produced by organisations in government, academia, NGOs and industry (grey literature) plays a key role in public policy. However, finding and accessing policy information is a time-consuming task made harder by poor production and management of resources and a lack of large-scale collection services able to host and make available relevant, high-quality resources quickly and efficiently.
Decision and policy makers need to be informed on the value and wealth of grey literature, thus legitimizing further investments in this field of information. Lobbying grey literature has its very roots in this international conference series, which has grown and rallies over the past two decades by promoting research and publishing their results. The grey literature lobby seeks to guarantee that the interests of a diverse and widespread community of information professionals and practitioners are served.
Penang Conference room, Level 3, Swinburne University of Technology Library, John St Hawthorn. An Open Access week seminar presented in partnership between Swinburne University Library and Policy Online
The production of digital grey literature is transforming how the community is able to access research and information, particularly for public policy and public interest issues, and is a key part of the changing information ecosystem. Researchers from Swinburne University will discuss the role and value of grey literature as an open access resource and present some findings from the Grey literature strategies ARC Linkage project.
The Pisa Delcaration on Grey Literature was developed at a forum held in Pisa, Italy in May 2014 and has now been made public with a call for signatories to show their support. Read the full text here or click here to sign the declaration.
We recently received a lovely email from Jess Tyndall, Medical Librarian at Flinder's University with a report on the adoption of her appraisal checklist for evaluating grey literature - AACODS - by major health organisations in the UK. Congratulations to Jess on her influential work and the joy of serendipity, conversation and connections.
The Australian Research Council draft guidelines for the 2015 round of the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) include new options for submitting 'Research Reports for an External Body'. This is an encouraging step towards recognizing and rewarding the production of alternative forms of publication such as reports for government, NGOs and business. Forms that often have the greatest impact for policy and practice.