Open Access (OA) describes access to scholarly literature on the internet:
free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited. Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI)
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is a statement of principles for open access to Australia’s research. Research outputs should be
Creative Commons Australia supports the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable & Reusable) principles for improving the accessibility and impact of Australian research outputs.
Creative Commons (CC) licences provide a simple mechanism to ensure that users of research have the rights they need to reuse, replicate, and apply research outputs and data.
The four FAIR characteristics were originally identified as qualities for open research data. The Australian National Data Service (ANDS) has developed FAIR data training resources.
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