Amanda Lawrence


Amanda Lawrence is a researcher and librarian specialising in knowledge infrastructures for public policy research and practice. Amanda is Director of the Analysis & Policy Observatory (, an open access knowledge commons for policy and practice research and resources. Her research interests include access to information, evidence and public policy, digital commons, grey literature, electronic publishing, information management, knowledge infrastructure and related issues. Amanda recently worked as Research manager for the Grey literature strategies ARC Linkage project ( and is completing a PhD at RMIT University. She is on the Advisory Group of the Global Internet Policy Observatory ( Amanda’s publications and presentations are available below. 




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27 Nov 2015

Research in digital form is now so abundant, in so many forms, on such a comprehensive array of topics, that it is somewhat surprising to find that while the Internet has done so much to make knowledge accessible, we still face numerous problems if we...


30 Oct 2015

This survey aimed to gather data that would help understand how information and research produced by organsations on public interest issues is discovered, selected, catalogued and collected by libraries and other collecting organisations and services.

The survey asks about the kinds of resources that...

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29 Oct 2015

Digital collecting of public policy resources such as reports, discussion papers, evaluations and datasets (also known as grey literature) is still very low in Australia and as a result users find it difficult and time consuming to access the research resources they need.


Discussion paper

18 Nov 2014

This paper discusses the ways in which the internet has profoundly changed how we produce, use and collect research and information for public policy and practice, particularly focusing on the benefits and challenges presented by grey literature. The authors argue that grey literature (i.e. material...


18 Nov 2014

Make sure your web content is published professionally and can be:

Discovered – by search engines and potential readers Curated – by information services, clearing houses and libraries Easily evaluated – by anyone who wants to use it Cited and measured – so you...

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