Grey literature is the subject of an ABC Radio National Big Ideas program - Grey literature: digital scholarship or digital dust - broadcast Tuesday 26 February at 8pm and also available as a podcast. The program will feature Prof Julian Thomas, Director of the Swinburne Institute for Social Research and chief investigator on the Grey Literature Strategies project along with highlights from the final panel discussion moderated by Crikey's Bernhard Keane
No longer are publishers the primary conduit through which content must pass before it is disseminated to the world. This is a radically new paradigm and despite our best efforts, libraries (and many other related institutions) have not been able to keep pace with the impact this shift has had on collection development and long term access.
The GLS project will be presenting a paper and a workshop on grey literature covering current issues and strategies for the future at the Information Online conference in Brisbane, 12 - 15 February 2013
The Grey Literature Strategies project made a submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission inquiry into Copyright and the Digital Economy which received 270+ submissions in response to the Issues Paper released in August 2012.
Research reports, or grey literature as they are also known, are an essential part of many disciplines including public policy. While access to these reports has become easier in many respects, online publishing presents many challenges as well, particularly for collecting organisations.