Amanda Lawrence

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Amanda Lawrence is a researcher and librarian working across the areas of research communications and publishing, digital collecting, open scholarship, grey literature, knowledge infrastructure and public policy. She is currently completing a PhD on research communications and public policy in the Media and Communications department at RMIT University. Amanda was the Director of Analysis & Policy Observatory (, an award-winning public policy research database, from 2006 until 2018, where she secured and managed a number of Australia Research Council Linkage and Infrastructure (LIEF)
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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...

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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Grey literature publishing in public policy: production and management, costs and benefits

In the digital era grey literature has proliferated, and has become a key tool in influencing public debate and in providing an evidence-base for public policy and practice. Despite its ubiquity and influence, grey literature's role is often overlooked as a publishing phenomenon. This paper...

Open Government Partnership needs a little more time and attention

In November 2015, soon after he became Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull committed the Australian government to participating in the Open Government Partnership, something that had been promised by the Rudd/Gillard Labor Government but not acted upon by the Abbott Coalition Government. The Open Government Partnership...
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Digital curation of public policy resources: discovery, access and management for policy and practice

This paper discusses public policy and grey literature use and management and the work of Australian Policy Online in developing its open access document and data digital library. Public policy and practice relies on a wide range of resources, including traditional scholarly publications, and those...
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