Understanding the evidence base: grey literature in policy and practice

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Venue: Conference room, National Library of Australia, Canberra
When: 1.30 – 3.30 pm Wednesday 19 March 2014
Followed by afternoon tea and networking from 3.30 – 4.30 pm

Research for policy and practice is often produced and used in the form of reports and papers that are created by organisations such as government departments and agencies, think tanks, NGOs and academic centres. Yet the role and value of this material is little understood and often overlooked. This public seminar will present findings from two innovative projects aiming to enhance the value of grey literature for policy and practice. The Grey Literature Strategies ARC Linkage project and the NLA's new Australian Government Web Archive.

Seminar Chair: Alex Philp, Director, Overseas Collections Management | National Library of Australia

Information and research for policy and practice: initial results of the grey literature strategies project surveys
In this seminar researchers from the Grey Literature Strategies project will provide an overview of the results of surveys conducted in 2013 that shed new light on the role of grey literature in public policy and the way in which users, producers and collectors currently manage  this material. New estimates of its economic and social value will also be presented. Grey Literature Strategies is an Australian Research Council Linkage project that seeks to understand the role and value of research and information produced by organisations outside of traditional publishing channels – known as grey literature.
Speakers: Prof John Houghton, Professorial Fellow, Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (CSES), Victoria University;  Prof Julian Thomas, Director, Swinburne Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University; Ms Amanda Lawrence, Research Manager, Grey Literature Strategies, Swinburne University of Technology; and Dr Paul Weldon, Research Fellow, Australian Council for Educational Research

Introducing the Australian Government Web Archive
The National Library has been selectively collecting online government material for more than a decade for the PANDORA Archive. Following the approval of whole-of-government arrangements allowing the collecting of Commonwealth Government material the Library began experimenting with bulk harvesting of government websites in 2011. This presentation will introduce this initiative and web collection, known as the Australian Government Web Archive (AGWA), which the Library is about to be make available to the public.
Speaker: Paul Koerbin, Manager, Web Archiving, National Library of Australia