Joint submission to the Standards Distribution and Licensing consultation

29 Jul 2019

Standards Australia should recognise the importance of public access to Standards information.

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), National and State Libraries Australia (NSLA) and the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee (ALCC) made a joint submission in response to Standards Australia‘s Distribution and Licensing Policy Framework Discussion Paper.

ALIA, NSLA and the ALCC are supportive of Standards Australia’s move to a non-exclusive model for the distribution of Standards information in Australia. However, we argue that SA should go further to recognise the strong mandate to ensure public access to the Standards in the new licensing model.

Ideally, the Standards should be made publicly available under a Creative Commons (CC) licence. In addition, SA should provide separate licences for non-commercial users such as libraries, TAFEs and universities, designed to meet the needs of these users and meet the public access mandate. Finally, we propose that SA partners with libraries and archives to make archived Standards freely and easily available to professionals and the general public.

About the consultation

On Monday 17 June 2019 Standards Australia announced it was consulting on a possible ways they could introduce a non-exclusive arrangement for Standards information in Australia.

As part of the consultation Standards Australia released a Discussion Paper. Also as part of the consultation they held consultation events in:

  • Darwin – Wednesday 19 June 2019
  • Adelaide – Wednesday 26 June 2019
  • Brisbane – Tuesday 2 July 2019
  • Sydney – Friday 5 July 2019
  • Melbourne – Monday 8 July 2019
  • Perth – Wednesday 10 July 2019
  • Canberra – Friday 12 July 2019
  • Hobart – Wednesday 17 July 2019

Written submissions closed on Monday 29 July 2019.

The Framework

Standards Australia released their Distribution and Licensing Framework on Friday 22 November. Also relevant is their news item about the release of the Framework.

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You can download our submission as a Portable Document File (PDF).

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