Person

John W. Houghton

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.
Report

Exceptional industries: the economic contribution to Australia of industries relying on limitations and exceptions to copyright

The industries relying on limitations and exceptions to copyright are a sizable part of Australia’s economy. Copyright can strengthen the incentive to create by affording content owners exclusive rights to exploit their work. This can bring into existence work that would not otherwise exist, generating...
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Excepting the future

This report makes the economic case for flexible copyright exceptions and extended safe harbour provisions. Copyright can strengthen the incentive to create by affording rights holders exclusive rights to exploit their work. This can bring into existence work that would not otherwise exist, generating economic...
Journal article

Influence seekers: the production of grey literature for policy and practice

Publishing by organisations has proliferated in the digital era, becoming a key tool in influencing public debate and part of the evidence-base for public policy and practice, yet it is often overlooked as a form of scholarly publishing. This paper looks at the way organisations...
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Information and research for policy and practice: survey of producing organisations data

Survey data on 155 organisations producing research and information for policy and practice. The survey aimed to gather data that would help understand how information and research is produced and disseminated as grey literature for impact and influence on public interest issues.
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The Value and Impact of Data Sharing and Curation A synthesis of three recent studies of UK research data centres

In the UK, substantial resources are being invested in the development and provision of services for the curation and long-term preservation of research data. It is a high priority area for a range of stakeholders, universities, researchers and research funders. There is strong interest in...