Opening Australia's Archives: Open Access Principles for Australian Collecting Institutions


Welcome to the wiki for the Opening Australia's Archives project, being run of the Digital Liberty project of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation at Queensland University of Technology.

This wiki aims to provide a space for collaborative feedback on the Best Practice Open Access Principles for Australian Collecting Institutions being prepared by the project. These principles are being developed as part of the Digital Liberty project's ongoing work to encourage broader public access to Australia's collections.


The internet, digital recording devices and the ready availability of content production software have together drastically changed the creative landscape. As a result, linear models of knowledge and cultural production are rapidly being supplanted by more distributed, collaborative, user-generated and open networking models. Yet Australians wishing to participate in this new digital culture have great difficulty gaining access to quality content about their own culture and history that can be legally and safely used and re-used. This limits our ability to access the full benefits that could be provided by new technologies to the fields of education, the creative industries and business innovation.

Australia’s cultural and collecting institutions have the ability to fill this gap by providing open access to material held in their collections that is owned by the Australian people or has fallen into the public domain. The Opening Australia’s Archives project aims to explore opportunities to increase the public’s ability to access and reuse our national collections through coordinated policy, implementation and advocacy approaches.

The Principles

The documents you will find on this wiki have been prepared in consultation with represents of the Australian collecting sector. This consultation has been undertaken initially through a series of meetings conducted across Australia between May and October. For more information on dates, venues and minutes of these meetings, see the Opening Australia's Archives website.

Please note that all material available on this website is in draft form, and should not be regarded as final or endorsed by any individual or participating organisation, including the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, the Queensland University of Technology, or any representatives of Australia's collecting sector.

Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License