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The evolution of open access to research and data in Australian higher education

La evolución del acceso abierto a la investigación y a los datos en la educación superior en Australia

OA is a kind of access, not a kind of business model, license, or content.

(Peter Suber, 2013)


Open access (OA) in the Australian tertiary education sector is evolving rapidly and, in this article, we review developments in two related areas: OA to scholarly research publications and open data. OA can support open educational resource (OER) efforts by providing access to research for learning and teaching, and a range of actors including universities, their peak bodies, public research funding agencies and other organisations and networks that focus explicitly on OA are increasingly active in these areas in diverse ways. OA invites change to the status quo across the higher education sector and current momentum and vibrancy in this area suggests that rapid and significant changes in the OA landscape will continue into the foreseeable future. General practices, policies, infrastructure and cultural changes driven by the evolution of OA in Australian higher education are identified and discussed. The article concludes by raising several key questions for the future of OA research and open data policies and practices in Australia in the context of growing interest in OA internationally.


El acceso abierto (AA) en el sector de la educación superior en Australia ha experimentado una rápida evolución. Este artículo revisa los avances en dos áreas relacionadas: el AA a las publicaciones de investigación científica, y a los datos abiertos. Por un lado, el AA puede suponer un apoyo a los recursos educativos abiertos (REA) en la medida en que proporciona acceso a la investigación para el aprendizaje y la enseñanza. Por otro lado, un amplio abanico de actores (que incluye universidades, sus principales órganos, organismos públicos de financiación de la investigación, así como otras organizaciones y redes que se concentran explícitamente en el AA) se muestran cada vez más activas en estos ámbitos de distintas maneras. El AA invita a cambiar el statu quo en todo el sector de la educación superior, y el impulso y el dinamismo actuales en esta área sugieren que se seguirán produciendo cambios rápidos y relevantes en el contexto del AA en un futuro previsible. El presente artículo identifica y analiza también las prácticas generales, las políticas y los cambios culturales e infraestructurales derivados de la evolución del AA en la educación superior en Australia, y concluye planteando diversas cuestiones clave relativas al futuro de las prácticas y políticas en materia de datos abiertos y de investigación de AA en Australia en un marco de creciente interés por el AA a escala international.


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Picasso, V., Phelan, L. The evolution of open access to research and data in Australian higher education. Int J Educ Technol High Educ 11, 122–133 (2014).

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  • open data
  • open access publishing
  • repositories
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  • acceso abierto
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