Where is the evidence? Policy, research, and the rise of grey literature

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Event bannerRecent advances in information and communication technologies are disrupting traditional publishing models, radically changing our capacity to reproduce, distribute, control and publish information.  This is particularly so in the case of policy research which is often produced outside formal commercial publishing channels as 'grey literature'. Grey literature presents both opportunities and challenges but there is no doubt that it continues to grow in volume, importance and complexity. This conference will explore these opportunities for increased access to knowledge and research communication as well as the challenges presented in producing, disseminating, evaluating, collecting and accessing policy grey literature.  

 This event is presented as part of a new research project being carried out by Swinburne University and Victoria University in partnership with the National Library of Australia, National and State Libraries Australasia, the Australian Council for Educational Research, Australian Policy Online and the Eidos Institute aimed at enhancing the transparency and accessibility of informally published research and information.

Date: 10 October 2012 9am - 5pm

Venue: National Library of Australia

Speakers include

Mr John McMillan, Information Commissioner

Professor John Houghton, Victoria University of Technology

Professor Julian Thomas, Swinburne University of Technology

Mr Derek Whitehead, Director, Information Resources, Swinburne University of Technology

Who should attend?

This conference is intended for researchers across a range of disciplines that work on policy related issues, policy makers, practitioners, librarians and information managers, strategists and policy analysts. It is an opportunity to bring together producers, collectors and users of policy research in order to understand the current issues in finding and evaluating evidence for policy and to explore where new technologies and strategies may take us in the near future.

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This will be a stimulating day of discussion and a challenge to think about the future of policy and research publishing, collecting and access.