Open access in New Zealand

On the subject of open access in New Zealand, the New Zealand Government has applied open access principles to its own work, adopting the New Zealand Government Open Access Licensing Framework (NZGOAL). It has not mandated that these apply to schools or the tertiary sector or to research funding agencies. Some tertiary education institutions have developed their own open access guidelines or policies but neither of the two major research funding agencies in New Zealand -- the Marsden Fund and the Health Research Council -- have done so, unlike Australia, Canada, Europe or the United States.

New Zealand Government and Open Access

In 2010 the New Zealand Government adopted NZGOAL or the New Zealand Government Open Access Licensing Framework to provide "...guidance for agencies to follow when releasing copyright works and non-copyright material for re-use by others."[1] The stated purpose of the framework is to unlock for reuse the large amounts of material generated by government agencies, since it is "widely recognised, in New Zealand and abroad, that significant creative and economic potential may lie dormant in such material when locked up in agencies and not released on terms allowing re-use by others."[2] Essentially NZGOAL required government agencies to adopt a Creative Commons licence to data or information released with a high potential for public reuse. Version 2 of NZGOAL was finalised in December 2014.[3] The framework has also had a software extension[4] released to "let kiwi techies use government software to help build other innovative software".[5]

A corollary government instrument was the Declaration on Open and Transparent Government [6] in 2011, which sought "to commit to releasing high value public data actively for re-use, in accordance with the Declaration and Principles, and in accordance with the NZGOAL Review and Release process."

Version 1 of NZGOAL applied to all State Sector agencies, including the Public Service and Crown Entities but this specifically excluded tertiary education institutions.[7] For Version 2 of NZGOAL, this wording was altered, with Public Service departments being directed to use NZGOAL, while other State Services were strongly encouraged to adopt it; school boards of were to be "invited" to do so. [8]

Formal Open Access Policies in the tertiary sector

In 2010 The Council of New Zealand University Librarians (CONZUL) -- a Committee of Universities New Zealand -- released a Statement on Open Scholarship.[9]

In 2013 a group of researchers, lawyers, librarians, research infrastructure providers, technology consultants, and software developers met at an open research conference formulating the 'Tasman Declaration'[10] on open research, with the vision that "society [should be] able to access and reuse the outputs of publicly funded research for economic, societal, and environmental benefit." There were around 50 signatories to the Declaration, including those at the event and some who put their name to it after the conference itself. However, the Declaration has not made an impact on the open access landscape in New Zealand.

Subsequently, individual educational institutions have adopted their own open access policies, all following the self-archiving or so-called 'Green' open access model where staff are encouraged to deposit versions of their work in institutional repositories.

Open research repositories and journals

The Australasian Open Access Strategy Group[11] maintains lists of "institutional research repositories" and "open access journals" hosted by New Zealand institutions.

Open access in the Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums sector

OpenGLAM is a movement that was born out of the free culture movement. It promotes the freedom to distribute and modify creative works through free content. The New Zealand Electronic Text Centre was the first organisation to adopt OpenGLAM in 2008. Other institutions that have opened up their images, data and other content include The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the National Library of New Zealand, Auckland War Memorial Museum , Upper Hutt City Library and Auckland Libraries.[12]

Creative Commons licences

Adoption of Creative Commons licences for use with open access materials New Zealand has followed similar patterns to other parts of the world and a New Zealand-specific version of the licence was adopted with version 3.0.[13] With version 4.0 of the international licence New Zealand was the first to translate the English language licence into an indigenous language, the Māori language Te Reo Māori.[14]


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ State Services Commission (2010) "Purpose, New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing framework (Version 1)" Sections 1 and 2.
  3. ^ New Zealand Government (2014) New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing framework (Version 2).ISBN 978-0-478-10764-7. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  4. ^ New Zealand Government. NZGOAL Software Extension Policy. ISBN 978-0-478-10772-2. Retrieved 2 August 2018
  5. ^ New Zealand Government (20 July 2016) "Guidelines unlock govt software for innovation". Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  6. ^ New Zealand Government (2011) Declaration on Open and Transparent Government Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  7. ^ State Services Commission (2010) "Scope, New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing framework (Version 1)" Section 7 (c).
  8. ^ New Zealand Government (2014) "Status, New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing framework (Version 2)" Section 8. Status.
  9. ^ Council of New Zealand University Librarians (2010) "Statement on Open Scholarship". Retrieved 2 August 2018
  10. ^ NZ AU Open Research Conference (2013) 'Tasman Declaration' Published: 28 March 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Australasian Open Access Strategy Group". Australasian Open Access Strategy Group.
  12. ^ Fieldsend, Fiona (2015). Reflecting on Open GLAMs in Aotearoa New Zealand. New Zealand: Creative Commons Aotearoa.
  13. ^ See, for example, "Attribution 3.0 New Zealand (CC BY 3.0 NZ)".
  14. ^ Henk, Mandy. "Creative Commons Licences in Te Reo Māori", 14 July 2015. Retrieved on 2 August 2018.

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