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Policy Online adopting FAST

There will be some changes to Policy Online's website over the next few weeks. As a result of our 2013 ARC LIEF grant we are adopting FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) in order to standardise subject areas and to be more interoperable with other collections around the world. FAST has been developed in collaboration between the US Library of Congress and the OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) – read more about FAST here http://oclc.org/research/activities/fast.html.

Publication sources now have their own pages

When we upgraded to new software and database in 2009 the idea that authors should have their own pages with listings of all their content on Policy Online was obvious. That the organisations that produce that content should also have the same sorts of pages was, unfortunately, not so obvious.

Health the big winners of the Where is the evidence conference 2013

Thanks to the many people who entered the competition to win one of two free passes to Where is the evidence 2013: Recognising the value of grey literature for policy and practice. It was great to have so many enthusiastic entries.

Win a FREE conference registration to Where is the evidence 2013!

Where is the evidence 2013: recognising the value of grey literature for policy and practice is the second conference organised by the Grey Literature Strategies project being held on Monday 11 November at the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne.

We have TWO FREE TICKETS to give away worth $250 which covers lunch and the full day conference.

Please protect public policy research

Policy Online believes in keeping public policy research available in the public domain. As a collector of digital public policy research, we recognise that while such material is easy to disseminate, it is also so easily lost.

Survey of grey literature producers and collectors on now

Does your organisation PRODUCE or COLLECT policy reports and papers?

We need to hear from you!

While knowledge of how people use evidence for policy making has grown in the last few years, little is known about its production and to what extent it is collected and managed.

2nd Australian Grey Literature Conference: Recognising the Value of Grey Literature

Policy Online is a partner in presenting the 2nd Australian Grey Literature Conference: Recognising the Value of Grey Literature.Conference block ad

Recent advances in information and communication technologies are disrupting traditional publishing models, radically changing our capacity to reproduce, distribute, control and publish information.

ABC Radio interview on grey literature and Policy Online

Amanda Lawrence, Research Manager for Policy Online as well as the Grey Literature Strategies project, was interviewed last week on ABC Capricornia - Queensland local radio - by Jodie van de Wetering.


The shadowy world of grey literature

19 September 2013 , 4:47 PM by Jodie van de Wetering


Policy Online goes mobile

We have recently created a trial Policy Online mobile view for smart phones.

Designed to be accessed by as many different sized smart phones as possible, the site should recognise your specific phone user agent when you click on a report from the newsletter or access the website via your normal phone browser.

We welcome your suggestions to help us to improve our mobile view. The link to a feedback form is near the bottom of every mobile page and also available here:

National Volunteer Week: 13 -19 May 2013

During National Volunteer Week we'd like to acknowledge our current star volunteer, Stefania Colla. Stefania is studying her Masters of Public Policy and Management at the University of Melbourne, and has also volunteered at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and with the Sail Program (Sudanese-Australian Integrated Learning).