New webpage launched to streamline access and use of MLA resources
01 July 2020
The ability for red meat producers and industry to access, utilise and share Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) developed resources will be streamlined with the launch of the MLA’s Creative Commons webpage.
The Creative Commons licensing system provides globally recognised licenses which allow users to print, use, share and build upon copyrighted material such as manuals, factsheets, online tools and videos.
In MLA’s case, its new Creative Commons webpage will feature a collection of extension materials and tools that have Creative Commons licences and can be used free of charge.
MLA Managing Director, Jason Strong, said the new webpage was an important new resource as MLA places a greater emphasis on adoption and extension across the red meat sector.
“Under the recently released MLA Strategic Plan 2025, MLA programs will have clear adoption and extension pathways helping to ensure that red meat producers can successfully implement practical R&D solutions for their farm businesses,” Mr Strong said.
“Ensuring the full breadth of MLA knowledge, resources and tools is able to be easily used and shared across our industry is a critical component in delivering on our strategic objectives.
“These materials can be integrated into learning modules or coursework, used as part of advisory materials or embedded onto websites without cost to the user.”
MLA will add more content over time, however, MLA’s Creative Commons webpage currently includes:
- More Beef from Pastures manuals and videos
- Give Goats a Go manuals and videos
- Feed Demand Calculator
- Health Cost Benefit Calculator
- Food safety manuals.
Each item on the webpage has been assigned a specific licence that outlines how it can be used. Depending on the licence, materials on the site can either be shared, reproduced in full or in part, or used in new materials. In return, users are asked to attribute MLA when using all or part of the materials.
Users are free to use the materials for a range of purposes, including:
- embedding the tools and calculators on websites
- creating workshop materials for advisors and producers
- developing articles for publishing in newsletters and on websites
- creating course content for tertiary students.