How Australia produces $30 billion worth of ‘grey literature’ that we can’t read

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Australia spends more than $30 billion a year on projects which produce 'grey literature' - documents which are produced by government departments, academic institutions, private companies and more. But despite all this effort, Australia lacks a standardised mechanism to curate and freely distribute grey literature.

There has never been a better time, than right now, to investigate opportunities into improving our country’s memory.

Government agencies allocate billions of dollars, each year, to research projects and programs. These activities produce research papers, conference papers and other forms of grey literature.

Examples of these agencies include The Australian Research Council and The National Health and Medical Research Council. These two agencies collectively allocated approximately $19 billion dollars in public funding to Australian research projects between 2000 and 2014.

Students in the higher education sector also produce high quality grey literature in the form of Theses and Dissertations.

Of course the public - inclusive of tax payers, business owners, teachers, farmers, researchers, students and more - can all benefit from free and uninterrupted access to all publicly funded knowledge and information.

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