New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing (NZGOAL) framework

The New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing framework (NZGOAL), approved by Cabinet on 5 July 2010, is government guidance for agencies to follow when releasing copyright works and non-copyright material for re-use by others.

The release of NZGOAL was announced by the Minister of State Services on 6 August 2010. NZGOAL applies to State Services agencies. A full list of State Services agencies can be found on the State Services Commission’s website

NZGOAL seeks to standardise the licensing of government copyright works for re-use using Creative Commons New Zealand law licences and recommends the use of ‘no-known rights’ statements for non-copyright material.

Creative Commons licences are freely available copyright licences that enable the sharing of copyright works for re-use in a standardised way and in forms that are human, machine and lawyer readable. It is widely recognised that re-use of this material by both individuals and organisations may have significant creative and economic benefit for New Zealand.

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