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JOHN W. HOUGHTON
John.Houghton AT pobox.com



Research Activities.
Centre for Strategic Economic Studies.
Professorial Fellow, Centre for Strategic Economic Studies,
Victoria University, Melbourne.

Information Technologies and the Information Economy Research Program focuses on the economic and organisational impacts of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), including information industry development and policy, the application of ICT across the economy and consequent structural change, emerging business models for information-based businesses, and statistical indicators of information industry and infrastructure development


Current & Recent Projects.
Implications of an Open Access Policy for Australia | Financial Implications of a Harmonized Open Access Policy for Canada | Value of the British Atmospheric Data Services for JISC (United Kingdom) | Value of the Archaeological Data Service for JISC (United Kingdom) | The Economic Case for Flexible Copyright Exceptions and Extended Safe Harbour Provisions for the Australian Digital Alliance | Benefits of Research Data Infrastructure Services for the UK Economic and Social Research Council | Costs and benefits of access to Public Sector Information for ANDS | Audiovisual Services for the OECD | The costs and benefits of Open Access in Germany for the DfG | and more...

Knowledge Access / Open Access
(Economic Implications of Alternative Publishing Models)
Knowledge Access Project Page with on-line models


Media Mentions
Times Higher Education (THES)
Times Higher Education (THES)

The Economist
Times Higher Education (THES)

Policy Impact and Citations

Cited in House of Lords Science & Technology Committee (January 2013)


Cited in Nature
http://www.nature.com/news/open-access-the-true-cost-of-science-publishing-1.12676

Cited in House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee (April 2013)







Some Recent Publications

Financial Implications of a Tri-Agency Harmonized Open Access Policy,
Report to the Canadian Funding Agencies, by the University of Toronto
With Leslie Chan & Alma Swan
(forthcoming)

The Value and Impact of Data Sharing and Curation:
A Synthesis of Three Recent Studies of UK Research Data Centres
Joint Information Systems Committee and the Natural Environment Research Council UK
With Neil Beagrie
(April 2014)
Available http://repository.jisc.ac.uk/5568/

An Open Access Policy for Australia: An Economic Analysis,
Report to the Department of Industry, Canberra
(forthcoming)

The Value and Impact of the British Atmospheric Data Centre
Joint Information Systems Committee and the Natural Environment Research Council UK
With Neil Beagrie
(September 2013)
Available http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/di_directions/strategicdirections/badc.aspx

The Value and Impact of the Archaeology Data Services: A Study and Methods for Enhancing Sustainability
Joint Information Systems Committee
With Neil Beagrie
(October 2013)
Available http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/preservation/ADSImpact.aspx

'Economic implications of alternative scholarly publishing models'
In Eds. Baker, D. and Evans, W. (2013)
A Handbook of Digital Library Economics: Operations, collections and services
Chandos Publishing, Oxford.
Available http://www.woodheadpublishing.com/en/book.aspx?bookID=2372&ChandosTitle=1

ICT, the Environment, and Climate Change
The International Encyclopedia of Digital Communication and Society
Eds. Peng Hwa, Ang. and Mansell, R.
W
iley-Blackwell
(forthcoming)

'What to Measure? Towards Metrics for Research Data Management'
Ray, J.M. (Ed.) (2014)
Research Data Management: Practical Strategies for Information Professionals
Purdue University Press

With Whyte, A., Molloy, L., and Beagrie, N.
Available http://www.thepress.purdue.edu/titles/format/9781557536648

The Economics of Open Access
Video Interview for The National Scholarly Communications Forum:
Open Access Research Issues in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Australian Academy of Humanities
Available http://www.humanities.org.au/About/AlliedOrganisations/NationalScholarlyCommunicationsForum.aspx

Using ICT for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation through Agro-ecology in the Developing World:
ICT for Sustainable Development, Zurich, February 2013

With Helena Grunfeld
Available at http://www.ict4s.org/the-conference/detailed-program/

Planting the Green Seeds for a Golden Harvest:
Comments and Clarifications on “Going for Gold”

D-Lib Magazine 19(1/2)
With Alma Swan
Available at http://www.dlib.org/dlib/january13/houghton/01houghton.html

General cost analysis for scholarly communication in Germany
A Report for The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DfG)by The Goethe Universitat, Frankfurt
With Berndt Dugall, Steffen Bernius, Julia Krönung, Wolfgang König
Available at http://publikationen.ub.uni-frankfurt.de/frontdoor/index/index/docId/27530

Excepting the Future:
I
nternet intermediary activities and the case for flexible copyright exceptions and extended safe harbour provisions
A Lateral Economics Report for The Australian Digital Alliance (ADA)
With Nick Gruen

Available at http://www.digital.org.au/content/LateralEconomicsReports

Exceptional Industries:
The economic contribution to Australia of industries relying on limitations and exceptions to copyright
A Lateral Economics Report for The Australian Digital Alliance (ADA)
With Nick Gruen

Available at
http://www.digital.org.au/content/LateralEconomicsReports

Economic Evaluation of Research Data Infrastructure (ESDS)
Report to The UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
With Neil Beagrie, Anna Palaiologk and Peter Williams

Available at
http://www.esrc.ac.uk/_images/ESDS_Economic_Impact_Evaluation_tcm8-22229.pdf

Measuring the impacts of Open Access to publicly funded research
Presentation to the LIBER Conference, Tartu, Estonia, June 2012

Available at http://uttv.ee/naita?id=12564

Transparency and Productivity: Transparency Occasional Paper No 2 (ANZSOG)
Report to The Australian and New Zealand School of Government
With Nick Gruen

Available at
http://www.anzsog.edu.au/research/publications/other-publications

Going for Gold? The Costs and Benefits Gold Open Access for UK research institutions:
Further economic modelling
Report to The UK Open Access Implementation Group (OAIG)
With Alma Swan

Available at
http://ie-repository.jisc.ac.uk/610/

Understanding the value of Public Sector Information in Australia
A Lateral Economics Submission to The Office of The Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC)
With Nick Gruen

Available at
http://www.lateraleconomics.com.au/outputs/Response_to_OAIC_Issues_Paper_2%28Houghton&Gruen%29.pdf

Exploring the impacts of open access to publicly funded research
Presentation to The Knowledge Exchange Conference, Hong Kong
Available at http://www.keconference.hku.hk/speaker_daytwo.php

Cost Analysis of Scholarly Communication in Germany
Economy and Acceptance of Open Access Strategies Symposium, Frankfurt, Germany.
Available at http://publikationen.ub.uni-frankfurt.de/frontdoor/index/index/docId/23309

Costs and Benefits of Data Provision
Report to The Australian National Data Service (ANDS)
Available at
http://ands.org.au/resource/cost-benefit.html

'Exploring the Economic Impacts of Open Access to Publicly Funded Research'
Presentation to Scholarly Information Futures, Griffith University, Brisbane (July 2011)
http://www.griffith.edu.au/scholarly-information-futures/previous-events/john-houghton

'Broadcasting and Audiovisual Content'
OECD (2011) Communications Outlook 2011 (July 2011)
Available at http://www.oecd.org/sti/telecom/outlook

Access to Research and Technical Information in Denmark
Forsknings- og Innovationsstyrelsen and Denmark's Electronic Research Library
Available at http://fivu.dk/en/publications/2011/access-to-research-and-technical-information-in-denmark

'Exploring the Economic Impacts of Open Access to Publicly Funded Research'
Vice Chancellor's Seminar Series on Open Scholarship, University of Queensland, Brisbane (May 2011)
http://ceit.uq.edu.au/content/vice-chancellors-seminar-series-open-scholarship-presents-economics-open-access-professor-jo

'The costs and benefits of alternative publishing models'
Information Research, 16(1)
Available at http://InformationR.net/ir/16-1/paper469.html

'Economic Impacts of Open Access in Europe and the United States'
University of Tromso, Norway, November 2010
Available from UIT

(Video)

'Costs and Benefits of Alternative Publishing Models: Lessons and Developments'
Berlin8 Conference, Beijing, October 2010
Available from Berlin8

(Video)

'Economic Impacts of Open Access: Implications from studies in Europe and the US'
Deakin University, Melbourne, October 2010
Available from Deakin University

ICT and the Environment in Developing Countries: Opportunities and Developments
WCC 2010, Brisbane, September 2010
Available from Springer

Economic and Social Returns on Investment in Open Archiving Publicly Funded Research Outputs
SPARC, Washington DC., August 2010
Available from SPARC

'Economic Implications of Alternative Publishing Models: Authors' Response'
Prometheus 28(2), August 2010
Available from Prometheus

'Costs and benefits of alternative scholarly publishing models: Lessons and developments' in
Publishing in the networked world: Transforming the Nature of Communication,
Eds. Turid Hedlund and Yasar Tonta. ISBN 978-952-232-086-5, pp.385-403
Available http://hdl.handle.net/10227/599

'Costs and Benefits of Alternative Publishing Models: Lessons and Developments'
ELPub 2010, Helsinki, June 2010
Available from scix.net

'Economic Impacts of Alternative Publishing Models: Lessons and Developments'
Third European Conference on Scientific Publishing in Biomedicine and Medicine, Leiden, May 2010
Available from Leiden University Medical Centre

'The Economic Implications of Alternative Publishing Models'
Prometheus 28(1), March 2010
Available from Prometheus

'Economic Implications of Alternative Publishing Models: Self-Archiving and Repositories'
Liber Quarterly 19(3/4), March 2010
Available from Liber Quarterly

'ICTs and the Environment in Developing Countries: Opportunities and Developments'
ICTs for Development: Improving Policy Coherence, OECD, Paris, 2010, pp.149-175.
Available from OECD

Implications of Alternative Open Access Models
Berlin7 Open Access Conference, Paris (December 2009)
Paper - Webcast

'ICT and the Environment in Developing Countries: an Overview of Opportunities and Developments'
Communications & Strategies 76(4) 2009, pp.39-60.

ICT and the Environment in Developing Countries: Opportunities and Developments
Joint infoDev/OECD Workshop: Policy coherence in the application of ICT for development
Paris (September 2009)
Workshop - Paper - Webcast

Costs and Benefits of Alternative Publishing Models: Denmark
DEFF, Copenhagen (September 2009)
Available from KE

'Exploring the impacts of enhanced access to publicly funded research'
The socioeconomic effects of public sector information on digital networks:
Towards a better understanding of different access and reuse policies

Ed. Paul Uhlir, National Academies
National Academies Press, Washington DC (June 2009)
Available from The National Academies

Developments in Open Access: A research perspective on the economics and implications
Presentation to Information Futures, University of Melbourne (July 2009)
Available from UniMelb

What happens when a knowledge economy turns down?
Information Outlook13(4), Special Libraries Association, Washington DC (June 2009)
Available from SLA

Open Access: What are the economic benefits?
A comparison of the United Kingdom, Netherlands and Denmark
Knowledge Exchange Workshop, Brussels (June 2009)
Available from KE

'Economic Implications of Alternative Publishing Models: Self-archiving and Repositories'
OAI6 CERN Workshop on Innovation in Scholarly Publishing 2009, Geneva (June 2009)
Available from CERN

'Exploring the Costs and Benefits of Alternative Publishing Models'
ELPub Conference 2009, Milan (June 2009)
Available from ELPub

Costs and Benefits of Research Communication: The Dutch Situation
SURFfoudation, Utrecht (June 2009)
Available from SURF

'Open Access and the Researcher: Economic Implications of Alternative Publishing Models'
JISC Conference 2009, Edinburgh (March 2009)
Available from JISC

'Estimating the Potential Impacts of Open Access to Research Findings'
Economic Analysis and Policy 39(1) (March 2009)
Available from EAP

'Economics of Scholarly Publishing, Alternative Publishing Models and the benefit/cost of Open Access'
Danmarks Forskningsbiblioteksforenings Vinterinternatmøde 2009, Klarskovgaard (January 2009)
Available from DFDF

Economic Implications of Alternative Scholarly Publishing Models (EI-ASPM)
Report to the UK Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) (January 2009)
Release Notice and
Available from JISC
[Mentioned in Times Higher Education(5 February 2009)]

'Economic Implications of Alternative Scholarly Publishing Models: Exploring Costs and Benefits'
Information Online 2009 (January 2009)
Available from ALIA

'Scholarly Communication Costs in Australian Higher Education'
Higher Education Management and Policy 20(3) (December 2008)
Available from OECD

'The IT Industry: Recent Developments and Outlook'
OECD Information Technology Outlook 2008 (December 2008)
Available from the OECD

'Globalisation of the ICT Sector'
OECD Information Technology Outlook 2008 (December 2008)
Available fro the OECD

'Alternative publishing models: Exploring the costs AND benefits'
Presentation at Berlin 6 (November 2008)
Available from Berlin 6

'Alternative publishing models: Exploring the costs and benefits'
Presentation at the Open Access and Research Conference 2008, Brisbane (September 2008)
Available from OAK Law

'Uncovering the social and economic benefits of open access'
JISC Podcast (August 2008)
Available from JISC

'ICTs and the environment: A framework for analysis'
Workshop on ICTs and Environmental Challenges
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation
Eigtveds Pakhus, Copenhagen (May 2008)
Available from OECD
Webcast at Danish Ministry

'Exploring the impacts of enhanced access to publicly funded research'
The Socioeconomic Effects of Public Sector Information on Digital Networks:
Toward a Better Understanding of Different Access and Reuse Policies
U.S National Committee for CODATA Board on International Scientific Organizations, U.S. National Academy of Sciences
and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Paris (February 2008)
Available from OECD


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Compiled by John Houghton (Last updated April 2014)

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