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New Zealand's State Services Commission has released a draft framework on OA to public sector information, on which it is soliciting comment. Under the draft, an agency would evaluate a particular work and choose from one of the Creative Commons licenses (with the most permissive, the Attribution license, generally recommended) or a to-be-developed more restrictive license, or a certification that the work/data is not subject to copyright. The draft backs away from an earlier recommendation of CC Zero, which would effectively waive Crown copyright. The framework recommends that PSI generally be available gratis, with any charges limited only to reasonable costs of distribution.
It's not immediately clear to what extent publicly-funded research is included in the policy (see excerpt below); I'll contact the commission to ask, and knowledgeable readers are encouraged to contact me. (Note: See update below.) From the announcement:
Keitha Booth, Draft Open Access and Licensing Framework released, In Development, August 27, 2009.
From the draft policy, section on "Procuring and preparing information, data and copyright works":
When procuring, preparing or commissioning information, data and copyright works, State Services agencies are encouraged to consider whether such information, data and works should, in accordance with these Policy Principles, be released to the public for re-use. ...
Update (September 21, 2009): As to the question of whether publications resulting from publicly-funded research would be covered by the principles, Keitha Booth of the New Zealand State Services Commission responded:
... Our current thinking for the draft New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing framework (NZGOAL) is that works produced by or for New Zealand government departments and Crown entities using public funds would be "public sector works". By contrast, works produced by scientists using research grants would not. ...