This conference paper from VALA conference, 2016 discusses public policy and grey literature use and management and the work of Australian Policy Online in developing its open access document and data digital library.
Published: Dec 2017 Survey data on 155 organisations producing research and information for policy and practice. The survey aimed to gather data that would help understand how information and research is produced and disseminated as grey literature for impact and influence on public interest issues.
The conference paper provides estimates of the economic value of grey literature based on online surveys and valuations and considers the costs and benefits of self-publishing by organisations which provides both a dynamic, flexible and responsive publishing system and one in which link rot, duplication and highly varying standards abound.
Journal article, published January 2018: Publishing by organisations has proliferated in the digital era, becoming a key tool in influencing public debate and part of the evidence-base for public policy and practice, yet it is often overlooked as a form of scholarly publishing.
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.
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.
Three online surveys for the Grey Literature Strategies research project were conducted in 2013. The online version of the questionaires is no longer live but the questionaires can be dowloaded as word or PDF versions below.