These Principles aim to establish best practice standards for providing open access to material housed in institutional collections. They are intended to be of assistance to institutions developing or implementing digital strategies that incorporate open access philosophies or otherwise seek to increase public access to and reuse of collections. They do not purport to provide detailed or definitive analysis of all access models or approaches, but rather to assist with the understanding and adoption of more permissive access policies in the Australian collecting sector.

It is acknowledged that it may not be practical or appropriate to implement the Principles in all cases. However, it is argued that it is desirable, wherever possible, for publicly funded and non-profit institutions to aspire to providing as broad and complete access to their collections as possible. These Principles aim to help them do this.

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