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Baden Appleyard - AusGOAL

by Alan Milligan last modified Apr 17, 2013 05:40 AM
When Jun 12, 2013
from 10:15 PM to 11:30 PM
Where L11, 50 Carrington Street, Sydney
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Contact Phone 0415154330
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There's a new way to stimulate economic development and drive innovative industries of the future.  It is open access to, and reuse of, publicly funded information.  It is the new oil.  But unlike oil, its infinite and growing rapidly. 

To enable the realisation of all that open access to publicly funded information can bring, governments, industry and the community need a comprehensive open access information and licensing strategy.  AusGOAL is a glimpse into the future of management and sharing of this publicly funded information.  It foreshadows exciting and daunting issues of how publicly funded information can be exploited in a legally appropriate way. 

Baden will describe AusGOAL's work and provide some insights into the data-rich future; how the open access licensing regimes affects institutional information management, and how governments, the research and innovation sector, and the community may benefit.



Baden is the National Programme Director of AusGOAL, the Australian Government’s Open Access and Licensing Framework, which provides support and guidance to all levels of Australian government, government agencies, and the research sector, to facilitate open access to publicly funded information. Baden is a Barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland and Barrister of the High Court of Australia, and holds degrees in law and commerce, in addition to tertiary qualifications in management. From 2000–2008 he was engaged with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) predominantly as Principal Litigator and Litigation Manager at the ATO Legal Services Branch in Queensland. In these roles Baden had management of a large legal team and carriage of a broad variety of complex litigation in commercial and tax law, insolvency and bankruptcy law, workplace law, family law, and administrative law.


Baden was a Principal Research Fellow with the Faculty of Law at the Queensland University of Technology from 2007–2008. During this time he managed Project 3.05, part of an Australia-wide initiative co-sponsored by the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information. Project 3.05 provided assistance to underpin the legal and policy framework development of a Queensland Government Information Licensing Framework (GILF), the predecessor of AusGOAL. Baden launched GILF in 2008 and lead the development of AusGOAL for the Australian Governments'. He currently has responsibility for AusGOAL's implementation and engages on a wide variety of related copyright, contractual and administrative law issues (e.g. FOI and Privacy). Baden also sits as a member on the Advisory Council for the Open Definition, part of the Open Knowledge Foundation.


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