This document consists of several separate sections:

  • The Preamble – which describes the purpose of the Principles.
  • The Foundation Policies – which set out the baseline goals for the Principles. They are intended to be high-level, aspirational standards, rather than detailed guidelines, and essentially seek to describe open access best practice.
  • The Open Access Guidelines – which provide more detailed guidelines for implementing open access within an institution. These are designed to be more practical instructions for those developing institutional policies on public access.
  • The Limiting Considerations – which aim to acknowledge that the Policies and Guidelines may need to be limited, or may not be appropriate at all, in some circumstances. The Limiting Considerations set out some of the more common matters that may be relevant in deciding to limit access to materials, as well as matters that would not usually be appropriate grounds for limiting access.
  • Strategies – which provides more detailed examples of practical and flexible strategies that can be used to increase access to an institution’s content, without limiting its continued ability to manage its collection or earn revenue. This section is not intended to be a definitive list, but aims to catalogue some of the models and approaches being used in Australia and worldwide.
  • Case studies – which provides examples of open access initiatives being undertaken by collecting institutions at the local, state, national and international level.
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