Friday, May 28, 2010

Parliament of Australia adopts Creative Commons

A welcome announcement

The Parliament of Australia is committed to open access to the resources it publishes to support a vibrant democracy. Recognising the important of ensuring access to its resources published on the website the parliament has approved publication under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs license instead of copyright protection. Full implementation will occur when the new web site is released in late 2010. Until then a notice appears on the copyright page advising of this change.

The Parliament web site is the first in Australia to implement the 3.0 license. For more information about creative Commons licenses see

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Information Awareness Month (IAM) 2010

On 4 May Information Awareness Month (IAM) was launched for 2010 at the National Archives of Australia. The purpose of IAM is to increase public awareness of the breadth of the information industry through a series of events through the month of May. The theme for this year is Access across the generations.

IAM 2010 was launched by Senator Kate Lundy. You can find her speech here.

The program of events for the ACT is available here.

The launch included some great presentations from information users of all generations and ages including a terrific presentations from St Hilda's primary school in WA (see for information about the school) and two students from Dickson College who were remarkably thoughtful and articulate about their needs - giving us much food for thought.

Congratulations to all invited in creating this extremely thought provoking event and evetns across the month. Congratulations especially to the National Archives of Australia for their sponsorship and Iron Mountain for their sponsorship. Well done ACT and national committees for a month of stunningly good activities.