John Houghton

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John Houghton is currently Professorial Fellow at Victoria University's Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (CSES) and Director of the Centre's Information Technologies and the Information Economy Program.

He has had a number of years experience in information technology policy, more general industry policy and related economic research. He has published and spoken widely on information technology, industry, and science and technology policy issues. He has co-authored several chapters in the past years of the OECD publications Information Technology Outlook and Communications Outlook. He also publishes two annual updates on the Australian ICT industry sponsored by the Australian Computing Society. These reports use the path-breaking mapping methodology he developed with M. Pucar and C. Knox and published in Mapping Information Industries (Productivity Commission 1996). In 1998, John was awarded a National Australia Day Council, Australia Day Medal for his contribution to IT industry policy development.

John Houghton’ research is at the interface of theory and practice with a strong focus on the policy application of economic and social theory, and of leading-edge research in various relevant fields. Consequently, his contribution tends to be in bringing knowledge and research methods to bear on policy issues in an effort to raise the level of policy debate and improve policy outcomes.

30 October 2015

This survey data was provides an insight into how information and research produced by organsations on public interest issues is discovered, selected, catalogued and collected by libraries and...

Journal articlePreprint
29 October 2015

Digital collecting of public policy resources such as reports, discussion papers, evaluations and datasets is still very low in Australia and as a result users find it difficult and time consuming...

16 March 2015

This issue of Share highlights how the data resources of Australia are providing a very substantial national benefit, and how that benefit is being realised.

Discussion paper
18 November 2014

Research produced by organisations in government, academia, NGOs and industry (grey literature) plays a key role in public policy. However, finding and accessing policy information is a time-...

1 November 2014

This study offers conservative estimates of the value and benefits to Australia of making publicly-funded research data freely available, and examines the role and contribution of data...

23 June 2014

Open data offers a new start for economic reform and productivity growth. Leveraging the new possibilities of the Internet to make better use of existing resources, it offers us a way of getting...

30 August 2012

The industries relying on limitations and exceptions to copyright are a sizable part of Australia’s economy.

30 August 2012

This report makes the economic case for flexible copyright exceptions and extended safe harbour provisions.

1 March 2012

This report provides an overview of methods and approaches explored in the study, issues encountered and our findings and recommendations.

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)...

29 February 2012

While the task of demonstrating the value created by publishing PSI is challenging and complex, it is possible. It may even be possible to develop a reporting tool that would make the task...