Monday, January 14, 2013

Australian Universities Publishing Research on the Web

Claire Shaw asks "Where are university websites hiding all their research?" (The Guardian, 10 January 2013). This suggests that university webpages that publicise research are uninviting, unimaginative and out of date. However, I suggest a simpler solution, implemented in Australia, is to have the research in a repository which is accessible to external search engines. As an example, you will find my paper "A green computing professional education course online: designing and delivering a course in ICT Sustainability using Internet and eBooks" in the National Library of Australia's Trove system. The NLA imports the metadata for academic papers from the Australian university repositories.  The Australian Research Council's (ARC) has a new "ARC Open Access Policy" to encourage researchers to put copies of their work into the university repositories. The policy is not perfect, but is a start.

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