Accessing These Resources

These resources were created by the Sheep CRC, using funding provided by the CRC, Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), Australian Wool Innovation(AWI) and the Australian Wool Education Trust(AWET). When the CRC was wound up, the intellectual property associated with these resources was assigned to AWET, conditional on AWET entering into a licencing agreement with the University of New England, so that resources could be used to deliver undergraduate courses based on the resources. The assignment deed also requires AWET to make the resources available as widely as possible to individuals or organisations wishing to use them for self-learning.

Visitors to Woolwise are only able to view the synopses of the resources. To access the actual resources they must register and thereafter logon to the site for every session. Access is subject to acceptance of the Terms of Use.

Three levels of access are provided:

  • Visitor
  • Member
  • Educator

A Visitor is able to view the modules and topic synopses, but cannot access any of the module documents

A Member is a registered user and is only able to access PDF versions of the resources. Member access is provided for anyone who accepts the terms of use and registers on the site.

An Educator is a registered user wishing to utilise these resources as research and/or reference materials. An Educator can access MsWord versions of the resources as well as PDF versions. Educator access is provided to appropriate registrants by the site Administrator.

Security

A CAPTCHA is included on the registration forms to prevent spambots creating false entries.

The site uses two factor authorisation. When you log on a log on an authorisation code will be sent to your email address.

Whilst this may seem inconvenient it is necessary to protect the site from hackers and spambots.

Wool and Sheep Industry Education Modules

The resources or “modules” available are:

Obligations of AWET

In partnership with the Sheep CRC, Australian Wool Innovation, the Australian Meat and Livestock Association and the University of New England, the Australian Wool Education Trust provided funding for a comprehensive range of education modules to be developed and delivered by UNE. With the winding up of the Sheep CRC in 2007 the CRC and its core parties assigned the intellectual property associated with the Sheep and Wool Modules produced during the course of the CRC to the Trust. This Deed requires the Trust to make this Intellectual Property available to other organisations and individuals, but with some caveats.

The Assignment Deed requires AWET to use its reasonable endeavours to:

  1. ensure that the Modules are made available on a not-for-profit basis for education in the sheep and wool industry in Australia in a manner consistent with the objects of AWET; and
  2. ensure that the Modules are maintained and updated as AWET reasonably sees fit so as to remain useful to the sheep and wool education industry in Australia.

To comply with these obligations AWET has granted a licence to the Modules and the Module IP to the University of New England (UNE) for the purposes of conducting specific educational activities based on the Modules.  This arrangement is covered by the Assignment Deed.
In granting this licence AWET retained the right to Use the Licensed IP and to grant licences to third parties for any purpose, provided that where in the reasonable opinion of AWET there is a direct conflict between the proposed activities of a proposed third party and the activities of UNE, AWET must consult with UNE and will use its reasonable discretion in considering such grant to any other third party licensee.
Under the terms of the Assignment Deed AWET must on request:

  1. grant a licence to the Assigned IP and Improvement IP to the New CRC for Research Activities (including the right to sublicense to participants in the New CRC) on such reasonable terms as AWET sees fit;
  2. where reasonably appropriate, make the Modules, Module IP and related Improvement IP available on reasonable terms to any third party organisation within the sheep and wool education sector;
  3. AWET may make the Modules, the Module IP and related Improvement IP available to third parties outside the sheep and wool education sector and for purposes other than educational activities, if AWET in its sole discretion is satisfied that all consents and approvals necessary for such distribution have been obtained;
  4. AWET must not unreasonably decline to grant such a licence to any of the CRC Core Parties;
    If a party identifies appropriate opportunities to distribute any of the Modules or Module IP to any third party, the relevant party will promptly inform AWET in relation to such opportunity.
  5. Any licence to be granted by AWET is to be on a not-for-profit basis consistent with the objects of AWET.

Furthermore, under the terms of the Assignment Deed AWET must grant:

  1. to each of the CRC Core Parties a non-exclusive, world-wide, royalty-free licence to Use the Modules, Additional Materials and the Assigned IP for Research Activities, including the right to sublicense to third parties for Research Activities;
  2. to each of the Assignors other than the CRC Core Parties a non-exclusive, world-wide, royalty-free licence to Use their Assigned IP and the corresponding Modules and Additional Materials for Research Activities, including the right to sublicense to third parties for Research Activities; and
  3. to each of the Assignors a non-exclusive, world-wide, royalty-free licence to Use the Improvement IP created or developed by or on behalf of that Assignor for Research Activities, including the right to sublicense to third parties for Research Activities.

Undergraduate Sheep and Wool Education

UNE is the leading centre for the study of wool science in Australia with the most comprehensive range of sheep and wool units. These units cover all aspects of the wool supply chain from farm to fabric utilising these resource materials.

A total of 10 education modules are available, although not all of these are offered every year. Students can be enrolled directly at the University of New England or participate in the education modules offered by UNE via distance education.

UNE is in the heart of premium fine wool country and there is ready access to all the resources needed for teaching and research in sheep and wool science, including University rural properties and animal houses. Much of this research is conducted with UNE, CSIRO Livestock Industries and NSW DPI co-supervisors in the economics, genetics, biochemistry, nutrition, wool metrology and health areas.

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