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Australian Catholic University

Australian Catholic University: SC41 Australian Catholic University Seeding the Commons ARK Project

posted 20 June 2013

The Australian Catholic University has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: “SC41 Australian Catholic University Seeding the Commons ARK Project”
This project produced are: which centered on people and aimed at:

  • Making the ACU community aware of current RDM practices;
  • Clarifying Research Data Management roles and responsibilities by drafting a clear and concise RDM policy;
  • Generating conversations to take place among all parties involved about the value of research data, how best to manage it and the issues (perceived and real) in regard to storing and sharing it - and in the process being able to identify the data collection descriptions needed to fulfill the project’s deliverables;
  • Creating a safe environment for all parties involved to consider the issues around identifying and collecting research data descriptions  - we achieved this by asking researchers to volunteer data collections, rather than mandating the description of a particular data set;
  • Stimulating and supporting further understanding of RDM by producing a comprehensive toolkit

The ACU data collections can be seen on Research Data Australia 
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website 

Stefania Riccardi at ACU, managed this project led by Anne Thoeming, Director Research Services.

 


Australian National University

Australian National University: Seeding the Commons, Data Capture, and Metadata Stores projects

Australian National University: SWISH: Scientific Workflow and Integration Software for Health


Australian National University: Seeding the Commons, Data Capture, and Metadata Stores projects

posted 27 June 2013

The Australian National University has successfully completed its ANDS-funded Seeding the Commons, Data Capture, and Metadata Stores projects.

The metadata stores project has delivered an operational research data metadata store for the University, linked to HR and Research Services Division systems. It built on the foundation laid by the data capture projects, which piloted research data management in the fields of Earth Sciences, Optical Astronomy, Phenomics, and the Humanities.

The Seeding the Commons project surveyed the University for research data holdings, and helped to catalyse an understanding of sound research data management with many researchers.

The underlying system that has been built across these projects will allow the University to create any number of tools to assist researchers with good data management, and also to help University management to understand the University's research data holdings at a strategic level.

You can see the ANU records that currently populate Research Data Australia here:
http://researchdata.ands.org.au/search#!/q=The Australian National University

You can read information about the projects on the University's website:
http://itservices.anu.edu.au/projects/updates/anu-data-commons/index.php

And on the ANDS projects site:
https://projects.ands.org.au/id/SC06
https://projects.ands.org.au/id/DC7A
https://projects.ands.org.au/id/DC7B
https://projects.ands.org.au/id/DC7C
https://projects.ands.org.au/id/DC7D
https://projects.ands.org.au/id/MS03

You can find code in open source here:
http://itservices.anu.edu.au/projects/updates/anu-data-commons/source-code/

ANDS specifically acknowledges the efforts of Doug Moncur, who managed the projects. Lisa Bradley, Rahul Khanna and Genevieve Turner all made significant contributions as part of Doug's team. Researchers in the fields of Earth Sciences, Optical Astronomy, Phenomics, and the Humanities worked with the team, as did staff from Research Services Division.

We anticipate ongoing success in data management, publication and reuse at the University.


Australian National University: SWISH: Scientific Workflow and Integration Software for Health

posted 21 November 2013

Australian National University College of Medicine, Biology and Environment has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: 'A Scientific Workflow System for Assessing and Projecting the Health Impacts of Extreme Weather Events'.

This project aimed to create a scientific workflow system to facilitate access to, and manipulation of, large datasets held on remote databases.

The project team has developed the system SWISH: Scientific Workflow and Integration Software for Health.  The system:

  • uses a familiar, drag-and-drop interface to locate and extract data from the Extreme Weather Events Database (EWEDB)
  • integrates documentation and analysis using executable scientific workflows
  • creates scientific workflows that are easy to modify, update or extend as analysis progresses
  • can incorporate existing, trusted procedures, analyses and statistical programs
  • can automate repetitive or frequently used data acquisition and preparation steps.

As a result, it is easier for non-expert researchers to access data from EWEDB. Workflows once created can be easily shared with other researchers to improve the reproducibility of research results and to facilitate collaborative research projects.

The journey towards this successful outcome can be followed on the project blog.
The software developed can be downloaded from the project site.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.
A description of the EWEDB can be seen in Research Data Australia.

The project team included A/Prof Keith Dear, Dr Charmian Bennett, Mr Ivan Hanigan and Mr Ian Szarka.


Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)

ANSTO: ANSTO Scientific Information Architecture

ANSTO: MeCAT: Metadata Capture and Storage at the Australian Synchrotron and ANSTO


ANSTO: ANSTO Scientific Information Architecture

posted 24 February 2012

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) have successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: “ANSTO Scientific Information Architecture”

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • Over 100 data sets in a variety of research areas made available to the public. A description of the data sets made available by ANSTO can be seen on Research Data Australia.
  • The development of technology tools, workflows, and processes to ensure the ongoing publication of research data at ANSTO.
  • The creation of a number of educational materials to induct researchers into the project and to be re-used to continue researcher involvement in the project in the longer term

The ANSTO Scientific Information Architecture project has helped improve ANSTO’s data management and data sharing by providing a very simple but effective tool to deliver:

  • a searchable, centralised place to store metadata about research data, projects and research staff at ANSTO;
  • a method for publicly publishing data and responding to specific requests from external parties; and
  • a method for sharing data more easily across the organisation

A key finding was that researchers wanted to practice good data management and most were keen to share their data, but simply didn’t know how to start on their own. This project served as a catalyst to support and cultivate these processes.

The project provided important seeding data for ANSTO’s centralised research data repository by gathering data from a cross-section of ANSTO researchers and providing an example for future contributions.

This is a link to the online ANSTO Research Data Publication Platform: http://openscience.ansto.gov.au/
The software developed in the project is available here: http://travide.googlecode.com/
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

This project was led by Jaylan Cowie with assistance from Rachel Caldwell.

The software development was carried out by ANSTO.


ANSTO: MeCAT: Metadata Capture and Storage at the Australian Synchrotron and ANSTO

posted 19 November 2012

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and the Australian Synchrotron successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: “MeCAT: Metadata Capture and Storage at the Australian Synchrotron and ANSTO”. The key achievements this project produced are:

Technical outcomes:

  • In collaboration with the beamline scientists, development of a solution for organising the research data at the SAXS and IR beamlines at the Australian Synchrotron;
  • Upgrading the MyTardis software deployed at the MX beamlines at the Australian Synchrotron, and integrating the capturing of metadata from the SAXS and IR beamlines;
  • In collaboration with the instrument scientists, development and deployment of the MyTardis software at ANSTO on 5 instruments, the 2 powder diffractometers Wombat and Echidna, the Kowari strain scanner, the Quokka small angle instrument, and the Platypus reflectometer.
  • Providing ANSTO and the Australian Synchrotron with a standardized way to publish metadata to the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC).
  • Extending the existing open-source MyTardis software to incorporate the requirements of the Australian Synchrotron and ANSTO.

Changes in the Institutional Data Management Policy:

  • Experiment metadata at the Australian Synchrotron qualifies for publishing to Research Data Australia after a 12-months embargo period. This policy must be ratified by the new User Agreement, which in turn is subject to the new State/Federal Australian Synchrotron funding agreement. Until this policy is in place the Australian Synchrotron will publish as much experiment metadata to RDA as possible subject to publishing embargo and commercial confidence.
  • Experiment metadata is automatically published to the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) after a 3-year embargo period at ANSTO.

A description of the data collections can be seen on Research Data Australia: Australian Synchrotron and ANSTO
A description of the projects and contact information can be found on the ANDS website: Australian Synchrotron EIF020 and ANSTO EIF037

The software developed can be found at:

This project was led by Nick Hauser (ANSTO) and David Cookson (Australian Synchrotron).

The software development was carried out by the Victorian eResearch Strategic Initiative (VeRSI) and Intersect Australia Limited.


Central Queensland University

Central Queensland University: CEM (Centre for Environmental Management) Core Data Curation

posted 2 November 2012

CQUniversity Australia has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: “CEM (Centre for Environmental Management) Core Data Curation”.

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • Expanded  CQUniversity’s “Code of Conduct for Research” to include data management policies and protocols.
  • Increased awareness for better research data management among CQUniversity researchers through seminars and encouraging researchers to describe and publish their research data.
  • Extended CQUniversity’s ACQUIRE system from managing published papers to managing research data as well. Subsequently, this also extends the current role of CQUniversity Library.
  • Installed  ReDBox and MINT software that automatically exports collection descriptions from CQUniversity’s ACQUIRE system to Research Data Australia (RDA) – a discovery service to Australian research data.
  • Published more than 30 research data collections to RDA.
  • Contributed collection descriptions to the Tropical Data Hub, which is based at James Cook University
  • Use of CQUniversity’s manual RIF-CS records as part of ANDS' best practice guide

Descriptions of the CQUniversity data collections can be seen on Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

The project was led by Prof. Kerry Walsh and Ms. Elke Dawson,  with the contribution from the project team including Mr. John Voss, Mr. Bruce Hart, Ms. Leslie Walker and Mr. Wayne Boyd; a great effort across CQUniversity’s Research Centre, Office of Research, Library and IT Division.


Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University: CDUeData

posted 12 December 2013

Charles Darwin University has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: 'CDUeData'.

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • Research Data Management policies and protocols submitted to University Committee Structure
  • Deployed, tested and documented Metadata Store (ReDBox)
  • Training materials such as Research Data Management LibGuide.

A description of the Charles Darwin University data collections can be seen on Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

This project was led by Mr Neil Godfrey, Digital Collections Coordinator at Charles Darwin University, Office of Library Services.


CSIRO

CSIRO: Seeding the Commons: Enabling CSIROs Biological Collections for the AR

CSIRO: The Australian Spatial Research Data Commons (ASRDC)

CSIRO: Data Access Portal and Organisation Metadata Central

Atlas of Living Australia (CSIRO) & TERN (University of Adelaide): Soils to Satellites


CSIRO: Seeding the Commons: Enabling CSIROs Biological Collections for the AR

posted 24 January 2012

CSIRO has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: “Seeding the Commons: Enabling CSIROs Biological Collections for the ARDC.

The key achievements this project produced are:

A survey tool was developed and used to identify biological collections managed by CSIRO that are potentially of significance to the broader research community and to enhance the visibility of those collections. The survey tool was released for re-use via the ANDS Community Bulletin Board.

More than 22 collection records,  17 Party Person records and two Activity records have been published via Research Data Australia (RDA).  This will enhance the visibility of biological collections within CSIRO as well as to the broader research community.

  • A crosswalk between Darwin Core Simple and RIF-CS metadata schema was developed and released for re-use via the ANDS Community Bulletin Board.  Mapping of Darwin Core metadata also provided a detailed analysis of the schema and interoperability with other systems such as  CSIRO’s Data Access Portal, RDA’s RIF-CS schema and the ALA’s preferred profile for Darwin Core
  • The project investigated the integration of a number of open source tools into a platform that supported the management of physical biological specimens.  Two instances of the Specify 6 platform, a production server and a development server were deployed on CSIRO maintained and supported infrastructure. A sample configuration guide for how CSIRO implemented an instance of the Specify 6 tool for the Australian National Insect Collection and the Australian National Wildlife Collection will be released via the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) website following the scheduled update of the site.
  • The information gathered through the project enables a clearer picture of the data management  practices and capabilities within the organisation with regards to biological collections and their level of maturity for sharing with the external research community.

A description of the CSIRO biological collections can be seen on Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

This project was jointly led by Tricia Kelly and John Morrissey from CSIRO Information Management and Technology.


CSIRO: The Australian Spatial Research Data Commons (ASRDC)

posted 12 November 2012

CSIRO’s Earth Science and Resource Engineering has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project, the Australian Spatial Research Data Commons (ASRDC).  The project made a range of public sector spatial data available for discovery and use by the Australian research community. Spatial data underpins a great many fields of research in environment, energy, climate, social sciences, minerals, biology, urban environment and other fields

Importantly, the discovery and spatial data collections were delivered by the project in a sustainable manner.  The Government organisations have moved to production operations and are proposing new national initiatives to continue publishing data and discovery information based on the ASRDC approach and technology.

The project delivered:

  • Established open standards spatial information models for common data types across public sector organisations;
  • Deployed open standards based web services to allow harvesting of discovery information from Government organisations by ANDS;
  • Deployed open standards based spatial data web services for data held by the participating organisations to allow direct access to data by researchers using standard GIS packages, web portals of their own choosing and tools of their choice;
  • Established governance mechanisms in these organisations and often groups of organisations to sustain this approach beyond the life of the ASRDC project;
  • Doing this whilst limiting operational changes to the organisations infrastructure and processes since they already had independently established internal mechanisms in most cases.

All project materials are available here: https://www.seegrid.csiro.au/wiki/ASRDC/WebHome

A description of the data collection can be seen on Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.
The software developed can be found at: https://www.seegrid.csiro.au/wiki/Siss/SISSReleases

The project was made successful by the efforts of the following team members: Ryan Fraser, Robert Woodcock, Simon Cox, Xiantan Lin,  Pavel Golodoniuc, Rini Angreani, Florence Tan, Derrick Wong, Jackie Githaiga, Ben Caradoc-Davies, Bruce Simons

Key Collaborators included: Bruce Simons, Lesley Wyborn, Andrew Woolf, and many others at the various organisations who deployed the services.


CSIRO: Data Access Portal and Organisation Metadata Central

posted 7 August 2013

CSIRO has successfully completed two ANDS-funded projects, one a Data Capture/Data Management program, the other a Metadata Stores project.
 
The key achievement of the Data Capture/Management program is the Data Access Portal, the first of its kind in Australia, in which multiple systems have been integrated and rolled out to more than 4,000 scientists across more than 57 labs Australia-wide. This platform has centralised the 'data conversation' for the organisation, resulting in greater data reuse by CSIRO scientists.  
 
The Data Access Portal is also opening up data to the general public.
 
As at 6 August 2013, the CSIRO Data Access Portal:

  • had 704 collections published (including public & restricted)
  • had a further 238 collections in draft status
  • held approximately 28 Terabytes worth of data

One collection of note on the portal, is Stanley Fowler's 1930s aerial observation data, with more than 10,000 photographs.

The open source software developed as part of this project is available at: http://sourceforge.net/projects/csiro-dap/

The program was built up progressively through three successive ANDS and CSIRO projects, namely:

CSIRO's Metadata Stores program, called CSIRO's Organisation Metadata Central (OMC), was also a significant innovation in the form of aligning back-end 'system of trust' to integrate into the Data Access Portal. This included aligning the project database and other administrative systems so that researchers would not have to fill out forms in duplicate.  
 
A paper describing how these systems were de-coupled and made interoperable via the API is available for reading from the CSIRO publications repository.

A description of OMC and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

ANDS acknowledges the efforts of the CSIRO Research Data Service Team and the CSIRO Org-Data-Central Team for their work on both of these projects.  
 
Future plans at CSIRO include:

  • focusing on populating the Data Access Portal
  • handling large volume datasets, i.e. output from ASKAP
  • supporting the life-cycle of research data, covering: creation, processing, archiving, sharing and reuse.

 


Deakin University

Deakin University: Description and Discovery of Research Data Collections at Deakin University

Deakin University: Enhancing Filtration Membrane Fouling Data Collection for Water Treatment Research

Deakin University: Crystal Orientation Data Collection for Conversion to a General Data Type

Deakin University: Deakin Metadata Stores Project


Deakin University: Description and Discovery of Research Data Collections at Deakin University

posted 24 August 2012

Deakin University has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: “Description and Discovery of Research Data Collections at Deakin University.” The project has been a great success at Deakin with many anticipated and emergent benefits. An agile approach, continually assessing which processes were proving successful, ensured quality outcomes such as promoting a cultural shift in the research community to consider sharing and reusing their research data.

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • published more than 50 research data collections
  • established a web service through which collection descriptions can be harvested from Deakin Research Online, and published the code to the Fez trunk at University of Queensland
  • developed process and materials for researchers to describe their research collections and publicised those materials
  • identifying the need and as a result of knowledge developed in this project, acquiring funding for improved research data management storage solution and service
  • sharing of key project outputs at the project website 

A description of the Deakin data collection can be seen on Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

Software produced can be seen at: https://code.library.uq.edu.au/fez/rev/f073fd24e0fc and  https://code.library.uq.edu.au/fez/rev/377028a786f6

This project was led by Ms Megan Capicchiano, Deakin IT Services Division and with particular assistance from Mr Prashant Pandey, Manager Digital Services at the Deakin Library.


Deakin University: Enhancing Filtration Membrane Fouling Data Collection for Water Treatment Research

posted 24 August 2012

The Institute for Frontier Materials at Deakin University has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: “Enhancing Filtration Membrane Fouling Data Collection for Water Treatment Research”

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • developed an automatic open-source system to capture, process and store data from a Leica confocal laser scanning microscope.
  • produced a robust and flexible software package “FoulantProfiler” and comprehensive documentation to adapt the system to other equipment.
  • the software also enhances images and stores the data in a central research data repository (ReDBoX).
  • the software has allowed faster and easier research work, and fostered and contributed to further collaboration with prestigious research institutes within Australia and overseas, and potential joint publications and funding opportunities in the future.
  • targeted introduction of the software to a few frequent and advanced academic users of the microscope

Software produced can be seen at: https://code.google.com/p/ands-enhancing-filtration-membrane/

A description of the Filtration data collections can be seen on Research Data Australia
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

This project was jointly led by Dr. Mary Fenghua She at the Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University and Ms Megan Capicchiano, Deakin IT Services Division.


Deakin University: Crystal Orientation Data Collection for Conversion to a General Data Type

posted 18 September 2012

The Institute for Frontier Materials at Deakin University has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: “Crystal Orientation Data Collection for Conversion to a General Data Type.”

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • to manage, publish and share electron diffraction data from Deakin’s electron microscope facility
  • to establish a standard format for three types of diffraction data from three different electron microscopes (Oxford HKL Channel 5, TSL OIM, Nanomegas Digistar).
  • to produce software to convert raw data into standard format with metadata labelling and transfer to storage
  • to save time for researchers manually converting data, to share the metadata collected, and opening up possibilities for future research collaborations.

This is a link to the software developed online

A description of the Electron Diffraction data collections can be seen on Research Data Australia:

A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

This project was jointly led by Dr. Andrew Sullivan at the Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University and Ms Megan Capicchiano, Deakin IT Services Division. 


Deakin University: Deakin Metadata Stores Project

posted 18 December 2013

Deakin University has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: 'Deakin Metadata Stores Project.'

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • Deakin Research Data Footprints, which allows management of data descriptions by researchers
  • Deakin Research Data Management website to support researchers in the management of their data
  • a robust system to collect and publish metadata to reflect the University’s research activity, and
  • a system to integrate researcher identity management with the National Library of Australia.

A description of the Deakin University data collections can be seen on Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website, and on project resource: Manage your Research Data.
The software developed can be found on GitHub.

This project was led by Ms Emily Grucza, Deakin eSolutions, and a Steering Committee including Deakin eResearch Director Dr Christopher McAvaney, and Library, Researchers and Research Office representatives. The software development was carried out by Deakin eSolutions in cooperation with the ReDBox Research Data community, particularly Flinders University and QCIF.


Edith Cowan University

Edith Cowan University: Data Management Plan and Policy

posted 4 November 2011

Edith Cowan University in Western Australia has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: “Data Management Plan and Policy”

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • A draft research data management policy and plan for the university
  • Data management training to be included in the Graduate Research Induction Program
  • Descriptions of 16 publicly available research datasets produced by Edith Cowan University research in Research Data Australia

A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website here.

The outcomes of this project were made possible through the work of Julia Gross, Constance Wiebrands and David Howard from the Edith Cowan University Library.


Flinders University

Flinders University: Automated measurement of the responses of wildlife populations to climate change

Flinders University: Reformatting the AusStage dataset to support access and re-use by researchers

Flinders University: Reforming the Movies

Flinders University: Flinders University Metadata Store Upgrade (FUMSUP)


Flinders University: Automated measurement of the responses of wildlife populations to climate change

posted 25 January 2012

Flinders University has successfully completed the ANDS-funded Data Capture Project: “Automated measurement of the responses of wildlife populations to climate change.”

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • An operational system for cleansing sleepy lizard behavioural ecology data collected by Professor Mike Bull and his research team
  • Draft research management policies produced and moved through Flinders University’s policy ratification processes
  • An operational institutional research data metadata store (ReDBox).

A description of the sleepy lizard data collection project can be seen on Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.


Flinders University: Reformatting the AusStage dataset to support access and reuse by researchers

posted 25 January 2012

Flinders University has successfully completed the ANDS-funded Seeding the Commons project: “Reformatting the AusStage dataset to support access and reuse by researchers.”

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • The nationally significant AusStage dataset in a flattened, machine-readable, standards compliant format to support data re-use by researchers (RDF with a Sparql end point)
  • A process to regularly update the dataset
  • Draft research management policies produced and moved through Flinders University’s policy ratification processes.

A description of the AusStage dataset project can be seen on Research Data Australia.

A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website and and more information is available on the AusStage website: http://www.ausstage.edu.au.

The RDF dataset is (temporarily) here: http://rdf.csem.flinders.edu.au/joseki/sparql.html


Flinders University: Reforming the Movies

posted 24 August 2011

Flinders University has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: Reforming the Movies: the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, Inc. database

The project made available a database comprising 35 000 digital images of documents digitised from a microfilm copy of the general correspondence files of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, Inc. (MPPDA), Hollywood's trade association, covering the period from 1922 to 1939. Along with other, ongoing, ANDS-funded projects, the MPPDA project also had institution-wide outcomes for Flinders University, including the drafting of research data management policy and input to development of research data storage infrastructure.

This is a link to the MPPDA database online: http://mppda.flinders.edu.au/

A description of the MPPDA data collection can be seen on Research Data Australia.

The MPPDA project was led by Professor Richard Maltby. He plans to present on the project at the eResearch Australasia conference in Melbourne in November.

There is a description of the project, including contact details for the project team here.


Flinders University: Flinders University Metadata Store Upgrade (FUMSUP)

posted 4 November 2013

Flinders University has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: Flinders University Metadata Store Upgrade (FUMSUP).

Building on work that began in a previous data capture project, FUMSUP produced a ReDBox / Mint-based metadata store, integrated with the University’s Research Master system.

The metadata store project was at the heart of several eResearch and research data management initiatives at Flinders University:

    •    eResearch@Flinders, the University’s eResearch service
    •    a cradle to grave research data management service, with the metadata store at its heart
    •    configuration of a data management planning tool, as the basis of a data management planning service which eResearch@Flinders will provide to Flinders University researchers.

Flinders University took a lead role in the ReDBox community throughout the project, by:

    •    hosting the ReDBox community day and a half in February 2013
    •    coordinating development of specifications for the data management planning tool
    •    logging bugs with QCIF, and providing a testbed for fixes
    •    responding to queries on the ReDBox user list.

Information supporting Flinders University’s new research data management service is available here.

A description of the Flinders University data collection can be seen on Research Data Australia.

A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

Software produced can be seen at: https://github.com/grantj-re3/FlindersRedbox-rif2website and https://github.com/grantj-re3/FlindersRedbox-url2ingest

This project was led by Amanda Nixon and sponsored by Prof Colin Carati. Technical work was undertaken by Grant Jackson.


Griffith University

Griffith University: Data Capture project: Smart Water

Griffith University: Adult Stem Cell & Neurobiological Microscopy Instrumentation and Research Data Management

Griffith University: Australian National Corpus

Griffith University: RDA Gold Standard Record Exemplars

Griffith University: Griffith Research Hub

Griffith University: Data Citation Infrastructure Establishment Program


Griffith University: Data Capture project: Smart Water

posted 24 February 2012

Griffith University has successfully completed the ANDS-funded Data Capture project: “Smart Water”

The key achievements of this project are:

  • The development of software to support the automated capture and management of data from smart water meters previously installed in over 250 households.
  • Development of a software portal to store and manage smart water meter data and related metadata.
  • Development of system architecture and suitable workflows for publishing research data information to Research Data Australia.
  • A selection of over 10 records described and contributed to Research Data Australia providing greater exposure to data on domestic water use research through the Research Data Australia portal.

A description of the Griffith University data capture project collections can be viewed on Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

The Smart Meter Information Portal is located at: http://sirservices.griffith.edu.au/smip/ (registration required)

The code and user documentation developed as part of this project is available here.

The outcomes of this project were made possible through the joint efforts of Dr Cara Beal and her colleagues at the Smartwater Research Centre as well as the Griffith eResearch Services Team.


Griffith University: Adult Stem Cell & Neurobiological Microscopy Instrumentation and Research Data Management

posted 24 August 2012

The National Centre for Adult Stem Cell Research at Griffith University has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: “Adult Stem Cell & Neurobiological Microscopy Instrumentation and Research Data Management”

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • software to allow researchers to enhance metadata automatically generated from microscopy instruments and automatically sends the metadata records to Research Data Australia which will assist in the future management of biological data
  • a selection of over 10 records described and contributed to Research Data Australia providing greater exposure to data on Stem Cell & Neurobiological research through the Research Data Australia portal

A description of the Griffith University data collections can be seen on Research Data Australia
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website

The software developed is available at: http://sourceforge.net/projects/giiaf-micro-lib

The outcomes of this project were made possible through the joint efforts of the National Centre for Adult Stem Cell Research and the Griffith University eResearch Services Team.


Griffith University: Australian National Corpus

posted 18 September 2012

Griffith University’s eResearch Services has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: “Australian National Corpus”.

Australia's language data resources used to be scattered and relatively inaccessible at institutions around the country. The newly established Australian National Corpus has overcome this issue by establishing a web application, built on top of a distributed technology stack, which combines existing corpora from partnering universities into a unified system. The system will be useful to linguists, applied linguists and language technologists, in encouraging new, and collaborative linguistic research.

A link to the  Australian National Corpus is available here.
A description of linguistic corpus data collections can be seen on Research Data Australia
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

This project was led by Dr. Michael Haugh (Griffith University), A/Prof. Steve Cassidy (Macquarie University) and the eResearch Services team at Griffith University.


Griffith University: RDA Gold Standard Record Exemplars

posted 6 March 2013

Griffith University has successfully completed the ANDS-funded Seeding the Commons project: “RDA Gold Standard Record Exemplars”.  The key achievements of this project are:

  1. Development of processes and workflows for improving the record quality, connectivity and richness of research data metadata records in Research Data Australia.
  2. Analysis of ANDS Tools and costs and benefits of improving Research Data Australia records.
  3. A selection of 15 collection records described and contributed to Research Data Australia providing greater exposure to research data through the Research Data Australia portal.

A description of the Griffith collections can be viewed on Research Data Australia:

All of the accepted records:

The code and user documentation developed as part of this project is available here.  
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website

The outcomes of this project were made possible through the efforts of the Griffith eResearch Services Team.


Griffith University: Griffith Research Hub

posted 4 July 2013

Griffith University has successfully completed its ANDS-funded metadata stores project to develop the Griffith Research Hub.

The key achievements of this project include:

  • The development of a software system which dynamically aggregates information from multiple enterprise systems to expose Griffith’s extensive research data, activities and its researchers.
  • A search portal for international researchers looking for datasets, higher degree by research students looking for supervisors, industry looking for consultancy expertise and journalists looking for expert sources of information.
  • Development of system architecture and suitable workflows for publishing research data information to Research Data Australia including functionality to assign DOIs and citations for Research Data Collections.

The Griffith Research Hub has been awarded both a Vala Award and a Commendation of Merit in the Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries.

The outcomes of this project were made possible through the joint efforts of the Griffith eResearch Services Team and in particular Natasha Simons, the Project Manager, Arve Sollard and Gerhard Weiss (Senior Developers), Mark Fallu (Technical Analyst) and Joanne Morris (Project Sponsor).

ANDS would particularly like to thank the Griffith team for their sharing and collaboration with other institutions during the project.

The Griffith Research Hub is located at http://research-hub.griffith.edu.au/
The code and user documentation developed as part of this project is available at https://github.com/gu-eresearch/VIVO
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.
A description of the Griffith Research Hub collections can be viewed on Research Data Australia.


Griffith University: Data Citation Infrastructure Establishment Program

posted 15 July 2013

Griffith University has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: Data Citation Infrastructure Establishment Program. 

The project has contributed to the roadmaps for Griffith research content repositories and discovery services, which now include suggestions for citation-related enhancements such as:

  • a ‘citation builder’ that helps depositors to see how the metadata they enter leads to a well-formed citation
  • automated depositor notifications that include details of how to cite the deposited collection
  • well-formed citation statements displayed on repository landing pages for users to cut and paste into note-taking and word-processing tools
  • embedded machine-readable metadata, that will help search engines index scholarly content more effectively, and facilitate citation export to a web-based reference managers like Zotero or Mendeley, and
  • citations in formats can be easily downloaded to offline reference managers like Endnote.

The project blog is available at: http://data-citation-griffith.blogspot.com.au/

The PHP script which Griffith staff developed for minting DOIs using the ANDS Cite My Data service, and the MOAI Python script used for providing records to RDA via OAI-PMH, have been uploaded to GitHub and are available at: https://github.com/gu-eresearch/ANDSDOIScripts.

A description of the project can be found on the ANDS website.

The project team shared the project with the research data community in a webinar hosted by ANDS on 4 June 2013. The recording is on the ANDS YouTube channel at:  http://goo.gl/LRISq


James Cook University

James Cook University: Tropical Data Hub Collection Discovery and Description

James Cook University: Research Data Catalogue

James Cook University: Tropical Data Hub – Automated Rich Data Capture Project


James Cook University: Tropical Data Hub Collection Discovery and Description

posted 27 April 2012

James Cook University has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: Tropical Data Hub Collection Discovery and Description.

The key achievements of this project included:

  • A selection of more than 68 records identified, described and contributed to Research Data Australia providing greater exposure to data on tropical research through the Research Data Australia portal.
  • The trialling of the Tropical Data Hub research data repository as a self-deposition web-based system
  • Development and delivery of workshops and promotion of open data and research data management throughout the University

This is a link to the Tropical Data Hub: https://eresearch.jcu.edu.au/tdh 
A description of the Tropical Data Hub data collections can be seen on Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

The outcomes of this project were made possible through the joint efforts of the JCU eResearch Centre, The Centre for Tropical Biodiversity and Climate Change, The Reef and Rainforest Research Centre and the Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research.


James Cook University: Research Data Catalogue

posted 3 July 2013

James Cook University has successfully completed its ANDS-funded Metadata Stores project to develop the Research Data Catalogue.

The key achievements of this project include:

  • The development of an operational Redbox-based research data metadata store that amalgamates data from a number of internal enterprise systems via the Research Information Management System as well as integrating with other metadata systems developed through other funded projects at JCU.
  • A successful research profile site which highlights researcher expertise and includes links to research data and publications.
  • Development of system architecture and suitable workflows for publishing research data information to Research Data Australia.
  • The creation of data entry interfaces and processes to simplify the publication of research data metadata records including functionality to assign DOIs and citations to Research Data Collections.

ANDS wishes to acknowledge the outcomes of this project were made possible by the efforts of the JCU eResearch Services Team and in particular Professor Ian Atkinson, Ms Marianne Brown, Mr Floris van der Leest and Mr David Beitey.

The JCU Research Data Catalogue is located at: https://research.jcu.edu.au/researchdata/default/home
The code and user documentation developed as part of this project is available at https://github.com/jcu-eresearch
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.
A description of the JCU collections can be viewed on Research Data Australia.


James Cook University: Tropical Data Hub – Automated Rich Data Capture Project

posted 2 December 2013

James Cook University has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: 'Tropical Data Hub – Automated Rich Data Capture Project'.

The key achievements of this project include:

  • The development of software to support the automated capture and management of data from both streaming sensors and manual applications.
  • Development of a software portal (EnMaSSe) to store and manage streamed data and related metadata from a variety of projects.
  •  Development of system architecture and suitable workflows for publishing research data information to Research Data Australia.
  • A selection of 594 records described and contributed to Research Data Australia providing greater exposure to biodiversity research through the Research Data Australia portal.

EnMaSSe can be accessed at https://research.jcu.edu.au/enmasse/
The code and user documentation developed as part of this project is available at: https://github.com/jcu-eresearch/TDH-rich-data-capture
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

ANDS wishes to acknowledge the outcomes of this project were made possible through the efforts of the JCU eResearch Services Team and in particular Prof Ian Atkinson and Marianne Brown.


La Trobe University

La Trobe University: Archaeological Database Development: The People and Place project

La Trobe University: CMSS RLI Metadata Capture and Publication

La Trobe University: La Trobe Metadata Stores


La Trobe University:  Archaeological Database Development: The People and Place project

posted 8 June 2012

La Trobe University eResearch office has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: “Archaeological Database Development: The People and Place project”.

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • Online, publicly accessible and free database platform for historical archaeological data
  • New, expanded dataset of historical archaeological data using standards-based metadata
  • Manuals and accompanying documentation to allow for ongoing data entry
  • Automatic feeds to Research Data Australia
  • Build new partnerships to extend data sets into potential Australia-wide facility

This is a link to the Archaeology database online.
A description of the archaeological data collection can be seen on Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

This project was led by Dr. Mark Kosten and his team at eResearch office, La Trobe University.


La Trobe University: CMSS RLI Metadata Capture and Publication

posted 19 January 2012

La Trobe university has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: "CMSS RLI Metadata Capture and Publication".

The project leveraged the existing ANDS services to support Australian researchers use of instrumentation at the La Trobe Centre for Materials and Surface Science facility (CMSS). The major outcome from the researchers' point of view is that the system provides a facility to store their datasets, describe them, and easily share them online, with persistent identifiers so that they can be cited conveniently.
Furthermore, the new developed system has also provided a platform for the CMSS to publish data acquired from several standard materials. Finally, the system is also able to expose these datasets to the wider world through the Research Data Australia portal.

A description of the La Trobe University data capture project collections can be seen on Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.
The code and user documentation developed as part of this project is available here.  

The outcomes of this project were made possible through the hard work of Dr. Mark Kosten and his teams from La Trobe eResearch Office. 


La Trobe University: La Trobe Metadata Stores

posted 29 July 2013

La Trobe University Library has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: “La Trobe Metadata Stores project”.

The successful creation of the La Trobe University Metadata Store has provided the institution with a single focal point for all of its research outputs in the University’s existing Research Online repository.

The ANDS Metadata Stores project has expanded the capability of the Research Online repository to manage a whole range of researchers’ needs at La Trobe University.

Whilst the University’s ICT and eResearch areas had developed infrastructure to deal with large datasets and big data, eScience and other research data, the ANDS Metadata Store has filled the gap in providing a mechanism for all researchers (working on small to large projects within any discipline) to be able to store, manage and disseminate their research collections and data to a wider audience.

This is a link to the La Trobe Metadata Store platform online: http://rbm.latrobe.edu.au/redbox/default/home
A description of the related data collection can be seen on Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.


Macquarie University

Macquarie University: Glycomics Repository

Macquarie University: Papyri Data Capture

Macquarie University: ecosystem Production in Space and Time (ePiSaT)


Macquarie University: Glycomics Repository

posted 11 June 2013

Macquarie University has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: “Glycomics Repository”.

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • It has seeded the infrastructure required to capture, collate and disseminate glycomics knowledge to the Australian and International research community.  A centralised repository of international significance is now being established to store data captured from mass spectrometers linked with other data already in the repository.
  • The GlycoSuiteDB reference glycan structure repository has been brought to the Australian Proteome Analysis Facility (APAF) from the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics.  
  • It has created an experimental data and meta-data capture system at APAF.  This system captures descriptive meta-data and analytical data acquired from two different mass spectrometers used to study glycan structures as part of the proteomics analysis services provided by APAF.
  • The activity has advanced the state of data capture and management within the glycomics discipline.  This will not only benefit the direct collaborators, Macquarie University and the University of New South Wales, but it will also serve to make Australia a world leading source of reference glycan structures and associated mass spectrometric evidence.
  • The registering in Research Data Australia of 1064 collections from the GlycoSuiteDB database of glycan structures attached to proteins.

A description of each the collections can be found on Research Data Australia
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website 
Users can find all data shared and publically accessible via the UniCarb-DB and UniCarbKB websites
The software developed can be found at: http://code.google.com/p/unicarb-db/

The team members were Professor Nicolle Packer and Dr Matthew Campbell from Macquarie University and Professor Marc Wilkins of the University of NSW.  The software was developed by Dr Campbell.


Macquarie University: Papyri Data Capture

posted 19 November 2013

Macquarie University has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: 'Papyri Data Capture at Macquarie University'.

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • For papyrologists the project provides discoverability of some 900 papyrus and related items from the Macquarie Papyri Collection and access to metadata and images for each item
  • The capability, once access is granted, to view high-resolution images suitable for carrying out research
  • Interfaces to two popular international repositories – the Advanced Papyrological Information System (APIS) and Trismegistos
  • The registering in Research Data Australia of 31 collections from the Macquarie Papyri Collection.

A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.
The Macquarie Papyri system can be found at https://papyri.mq.edu.au/.
The software developed can be found at: https://github.com/IntersectAustralia/dc12c.

The team members were Dr Carlos Aya and the engineering team of Intersect and Dr Malcolm Choat and Dr Trevor Evans of Macquarie University.


Macquarie University: ecosystem Production in Space and Time (ePiSaT)

posted 29 November 2013

Macquarie University has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: 'ecosystem Production in Space and Time (ePiSaT)'.

This project set out to demonstrate the value of data combination and reuse in ecosystem science by demonstrating the ability to scale flux tower observations (OzFlux), through the data-model fusion of climate and satellite information, to estimate GPP at the  continental scale.

Reliable data on Gross Primary Production (GPP), the monthly or annual flux of carbon from atmospheric CO2 into green plants, generated by photosynthesis, spatially and temporally resolved, are a pre-requisite for assessing Australia’s present carbon balance and the potential for increased carbon sequestration on land. GPP is also necessary information to assess the impact of vegetation and land use changes on water resources, and required for modelling land emissions of methane and nitrous oxide, the other natural greenhouse gases apart from CO2.

As a result of this project, researchers are now able to use ePiSAT to model GPP across the Australian continent from OzFlux flux tower data, gridded climate and satellite (MODIS) data. ePiSaT can be used to estimate ecosystem variables by partitioning OzFlux eddy covariance data to estimate GPP, light use efficiency, the maximum rate of carboxylation (uptake of carbon in plants), ecosystem respiration and more.

The journey towards this successful outcome can be followed at http://episat-software.blogspot.com.au/.
A description of the resulting service can be seen in Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.
The software developed can be found on GitHub.  

Macquarie University researchers Prof Colin Prentice and Dr Bradley Evans carried out the software development with collaborators from CSIRO and the University of Technology, Sydney.


Monash University

Monash University: Capture and Publication of Data on the History of Adoption

Monash University: Seeding the Commons project

Monash University: Development of metadata store infrastructure with a large research data store

Monash University: Biomedical data platform (molecular biology)

Monash University: Capture and publication of Australian ecosystem data from a network of measurement sites

Monash University: Data publication to interferome (MIMR/Interferome)

Monash University: Research Data Management of the Monash Weather & Climate Program

Monash University: Comprehensive Data Management for Microscopy Research Database

Monash University: Tools for curating and publishing research data in the form of media collections (Multimedia Collections & ARROW)

Monash University: Human Chr7 Proteomics Integration Project

Monash University: Multimodal Kidney Image Analysis Project


Monash University: Capture and Publication of Data on the History of Adoption

posted 31 October 2011

Monash University e-Research Centre has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: Capture and Publication of Data on the History of Adoption.

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • The process of capturing stories and associated metadata from the website submission form and storing them in a Data Management system.
  • The process of generating a story web page with attached story transcript, metadata files in MODS and DC formats and search tags.
  • The process of ‘publishing’ a story to ARROW, the Monash Library public repository.

A description of the history of adoption data collection can be seen on Research Data Australia
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

This project was led by Prof. Marian Quartly, School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies and Anthony Beitz at Monash e-Research Centre. Staff at the Australian Catholic University were also collaborators.

Project summary handout (PDF 714KB)


Monash University: Seeding the Commons project

posted 21 December 2011

Monash University has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: "Monash University Seeding the Commons project".

The project aimed to identify and describe research data collections arising from publicly funded research, and to showcase these collections by contributing information about them to Research Data Australia (RDA). As a result of this project:

  • 60+ Monash researchers have been provided with an additional channel to promote their research, including showcasing their work to new generalist and cross-disciplinary audiences.
  • The in-depth nature of the interviews has also enabled the Library to learn more about researchers’ data management practices and needs.
  • The project has also led to a dramatic increase in the participation of Library staff in data management activities.

Monash University’s data collection records, including those contributed by the Seeding the Commons project, can be seen on Research Data Australia
Many of the project's templates and workflows are already available on the website. Updated and new documentation will be added in 2012, and the project team are happy to receive inquiries about any aspects of the project.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

The outcomes of this project were made possible through the work of Sue Clarke, Sam Searle and teams from Monash University Library.


Monash University: Development of metadata store infrastructure with a large research data store.

Posted 14 June 2012

Monash University eResearch Centre has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: Development of metadata store infrastructure with a large research data store.

This project has developed the Squirrel solution to integrate with a large institutional research data store (LaRDS at Monash University). Squirrel has provided researchers across a wide range of disciplines with the ability to conduct more effective research based on exploiting existing data sets, creation and storage of new data sets and better collaborative research opportunities.

This is a link to the Squirrel platform online.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

This project was a joint initiative between Monash researchers and the Monash eResearch Centre.


Monash University: Biomedical data platform (molecular biology)

Posted 14 June 2012

Monash University eResearch Centre has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: Biomedical data platform (molecular biology). The project provided protein crystallographers with the ability to conduct more effective research based on exploiting existing data sets, creation and storage of new data sets and better collaborative research opportunities.

This is a link to the biomedical data platform online.

A description of the related data collection can be seen on Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

This project was a joint initiative between Monash Universitys Protein Crystallographers and the Monash eResearch Centre.


Monash University: Capture and publication of Australian ecosystem data from a network of measurement sites

Posted 14 June 2012

Monash Universitys eResearch Centre has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: Capture and publication of Australian ecosystem data from a network of measurement sites. The solution provided by the ecosystem project has enhanced the research process and provided new research opportunities.  The solution has benefited the OzFlux Community of Researchers by providing them with the ability to perform research at the national level using a single data management platform that brings together all Australian institutions doing Ecosystem research. The standardisation of data formatting has led to improved research efficiency, by reducing the time and effort spent on pre-analysis data preparation, thereby allowing the researchers to focus on the analysis of this data to derive research  outcomes.

This is a link to the OzFlux repository online

A description of the related data collection can be seen on Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

This project was a joint initiative between OzFlux and the Monash eResearch Centre.


Monash University: Data publication to interferome (MIMR/Interferome)

Posted 14 June 2012

Monash University eResearch Centre has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: Data publication to interferome (MIMR/Interferome).

The project addressed current shortcoming in collaborations and sharing of immunology and genomics data. The availability of the data and their corresponding collections in ANDS RDA will enable access to all
researchers and facilitate hypothesis generation and novel biological discoveries that would not otherwise be possible.

This is a link to the biomedical data platform online.

A description of the related data collection can be seen on Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website 

This project was a joint initiative between Monash Institute of Medical Research and the Monash eResearch Centre. 


Monash University: Research Data Management of the Monash Weather & Climate Program.

Posted 14 June 2012

Monash University eResearch Centre has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: Research Data Management of the Monash Weather & Climate Program.

The project supported Monash University existing weather and climate research and enabled Monash University Weather & Climate (MW&C) researchers to contribute to the work of evaluating the newly deployed
Australian ACCESS climate model. The new developed solution also provided the MW&C researchers with the ability to conduct more effective research based on exploiting existing data sets, creation and storage of new data sets and better collaborative research opportunities.

This is a link to the weather & climate data platform online. *please note that access to datasets through this platform requires authorisation*

A description of the related data collection can be seen on Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.
The software is available here.

This project was a joint initiative between Monash University Weather & Climate researchers and the Monash eResearch Centre.


Monash University: Comprehensive Data Management for Microscopy Research Database

Posted 10 January 2013

Monash University e-Research Centre has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: “Comprehensive Data Management for Microscopy Research Database”.

The project adapted a software tool to support the organisation of microscopy research datasets, particularly microscopy imaging data along with the associated annotation and metadata, both instrumental and experimental, into institutional repositories and into other discovery services including ANDS Research Data Australian (RDA).

This is a link to the microscopy research database platform online: https://omero.its.monash.edu.au/

A description of the related data collection can be seen on Research Data Australia.  
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

This project was a joint initiative between Monash University’s Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Monash Micro Imaging and the Monash e-Research Centre.


Monash University: Tools for curating and publishing research data in the form of media collections (Multimedia Collections & ARROW)

Posted 13 February 2013

Monash University e-Research Centre has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: “Tools for curating and publishing research data in the form of media collections (Multimedia Collections & ARROW)”.

The project developed generic software tools to support the organization of pre-existing digital data collections, particularly media, into files and formats suitable for publication via institutional repositories, and from those repositories into other discovery services including ANDS Research Data Australia.

A description of the related data collection can be seen on Research Data Australia
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website

This project was a joint initiative between Monash e-Research Centre and Monash Library. 


Monash University: Human Chr7 Proteomics Integration Project

Posted 4 July 2013


The Monash e-Research Centre and Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Monash University successfully completed the ANDS-funded applications project: Human Chr7 Proteomics Integration Project.  

This project set out to produce a data integration and analysis software system for the Australian Human Proteome Project effort, and to make data collections from this resource discoverable through ANDS’s Research Data Australia.

As a result of this project, a web-based portal The Proteome Browser (TPB) has been developed. The Proteome Browser has produced significant benefits for Australian and international proteomic researchers by:

  • Providing an extendable platform to support mining of new and existing proteomics data for novel research outcomes
  • Supporting the Chromosome-centric Human Proteome Project (C-HPP) initiative by providing a visualisation tool for the ‘Trans Proteomic Pipeline’, the standard analysis pipeline for proteomic data
  • Enabling researchers to identify all predicted proteins and their isoforms, followed by cataloguing and analysis of the associated data
  • Enabling the integration of data from different sources to provide a cohesive view of the existing proteomic landscape which includes:
    • Creating a portal to the human proteome
    • Delineating the complex proteome in the context of the linear genome
    • Enabling comprehensive analysis by supporting the interrogation of multiple genes simultaneously
    • Providing a measure of data confidence
  • Facilitating the linking of data into a common research data space, through the Australian Research Data Commons.   

The journey towards this successful outcome can be followed on the project wiki.

Researchers and partners can access this portal online at www.ProteomeBrowser.org.
The software developed can be found at: http://code.google.com/p/hupohpp/
A description of the resulting service TPB can be seen in Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

The software development was carried out by developers at the Monash e-Research Centre, in close collaboration with the proteomics community.


Monash University: Multimodal Kidney Image Analysis Project

Posted 2 October 2013

Monash University's e-Research Centre, Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, and Monash Biomedical Imaging (MBI) have successfully completed the ANDS-funded project:

This project set out to deploy a multi-modal kidney image integration and analysis pipeline to place Australian researchers at the absolute forefront of the nascent field of clinical diagnostic kidney imaging.

The project application Xglom has produced significant benefits for Australian and international kidney researchers by:

  • Providing a multi-modal imaging platform to analyse high-resolution kidney images for counting and measuring glomeruli in ex-vivo kidneys;
  • Enabling simple integration of the medical image database to manage security permissions, access to search metadata, ability to manipulate metadata, download image datasets, and the ability to add relevant reporting; and
  • Facilitating the linking of data into a common research data space, through the Australian Research Data Commons.

The application will also benefit the wider academic and scientific community through:

  • Discovery and reuse of research data collections by researchers via ARDC;
  • Advancing the instrument technologies of the Australian Synchrotron medical beamline and MB;
  • Providing software capable of deployment at other institutions for the purpose of research data analysis and management (including processing, sharing and publication); and
  • Facilitating the analysis of contrast-enhanced 3D image data to support research publications.

The journey towards this successful outcome can be followed on the project wiki.

The software developed can be found at Xglom project and technical resources page.

A description of the resulting service Xglom can be seen in Research Data Australia.

A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

The software development was carried out by developers at the Monash e-Research Centre, in close collaboration with the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology and Monash Biomedical Imaging.


Multi-Partner Projects

Atlas of Living Australia (CSIRO) & TERN (University of Adelaide): Soils to Satellites


Atlas of Living Australia (CSIRO) & TERN (University of Adelaide): Soils to Satellites

posted 6 March 2014

The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA), the Terrestrial Ecosystems Research Network (TERN) Eco-informatics team from the University of Adelaide, and CSIRO have successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: 'Soils-to-Satellites'.  
 
This project set out to explore the potential for discovering, visualising and analysing ecological and related data from multiple sources, plots and/or locations.
 
Working closely with ecosystem researchers, TERN AusCover, TRENDSA, and TERN AusPlots Rangelands, the project team has developed the web-based tool 'Soils-to-Satellites (S2S)'.

The tool brings diverse datasets together into an easy-to-use interface that enables visualisation and comparison. The datasets include ecological and genomics data collected through TRENDSA, and TERN’s AusPlots Rangelands facility and delivered through TERN Eco-informatics’ Australian Ecological Knowledge and Observation System (AEKOS), with remote-sensing datasets available through AusCover, alongside spatial and biodiversity information available via the ALA.
 
The Soils-to-Satellites tool enables researchers to explore and display relationships between disconnected datasets in ways that were not previously possible. For example, researchers are able to display layers of Australian environmental data such as elevation, temperature or soil type, then ‘drill down’ to compare vegetation and genomics data across those layers, and perform subsequent analyses across the combined datasets.

Source datasets in the tool and complex analytical data products created and extracted through the tool will be described in ANDS’ research data discovery service, Research Data Australia, for researchers to discover and reuse.

Researchers and partners can register and access the S2S tool at: http://www.soils2satellites.org.au
The software development journey can be read about on the S2S blog.
A description of the resulting S2S service can be seen in Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.


Murdoch University

Murdoch University: Integrated Precision Agriculture


Murdoch University: Integrated Precision Agriculture

posted 11 April 2014


The Centre for Comparative Genomics at Murdoch University has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: 'Integrated Precision Agriculture'.

The key achievements this project produced were:

  • 10 descriptions of high profile Western Australian agricultural datasets published to Research Data Australia.
  • A web application to be used for further publication and management of agricultural datasets.

ANDS specifically acknowledges the efforts of Andrew Ivins, Adam Hunter and Matthew Bellgard. All who have championed the more effective use of agricultural datasets in Western Australia for greater efficiency in agricultural research and agricultural prosperity.

We anticipate ongoing success in data management, publication and reuse at the university and the state.

More information about the project can be found on the ANDS website.

The software is available here: https://bitbucket.org/ccgmurdoch/ipa/


National eResearch Architecture Taskforce Projects

At eResearch Australasia 2011, Paul Coddington, NeAT Program Manager, presented the National eResearch Architecture Taskforce (NeAT) Projects report, about the 14 projects undertaken as part of this ANDS-ARCS co-funded initiative. The projects covered a wide range of research activities and delivered robust and enduring advances in research tools.

A number of the NeAT Projects developed eResearch infrastructure tools that: enable the capture of rich descriptions; make new data available; and integrate data to enable richer exploration. This report highlights the outcomes and benefits of all 14 NeAT projects, which finished in mid-to-late 2011.

The National eResearch Architecture Taskforce was established by the Australian eResearch Infrastructure Council (AeRIC) under the NCRIS Platforms for Collaboration Investment Plan.  The funding and implementation support for NeAT was invested within the Australian National Data Service and the Australian Research Collaboration Service (ARCS), to ensure that a broad skill base was available.

More Information about the NeAT projects can be found here.

If you would like a hardcopy of the report please email contact@ands.org.au or alternatively the digital copy is available at here.


Powerhouse Museum

Powerhouse Museum: The Museum Metadata Exchange

Posted 27 February 2013

The Council of Australasian Museum Directors, the Powerhouse Museum and Museums Australia have successfully completed the ANDS-funded project, the Museum Metadata Exchange.  The project established data capture processes, data standards and infrastructure amongst Australian museum data partners.

The project has resulted in the creation of descriptions for some of the largest and most significant museum collections in Australia.  Over 1000 collection descriptions have been provided to Research Data Australia from thirty three museums and other institutions are expressing interest to participate.

The Museum Metadata Exchange project has received an Honourable Mention in the category of Research/Online Collection at the Best of the Web awards, Museums and the Web 2012 in San Diego, USA.

Achievements:

  • The MME worked with ANDS and museum contributors to establish standard specifications for collection description. Detailed guidelines were provided on the Museum Metadata Exchange Wordpress site. These are guidelines are still available to contributors.
  • The Museum Metadata Exchange repository has been in production since February 2011.
  • Considerable development time was put into ensuring that the feed from the MME met the metadata standard required by ANDS. The MME successfully translates data added to the repository to a format which can be harvested by the RDA.
  • The MME currently contains over 1000 collections which have been successfully harvested by Research Data Australia. . This is well above the target of 700 collection descriptions.  Museum Metadata Exchange collections in RDA
  • Released tools to Museums: The Museum Metadata Exchange Wordpress site provides detailed guidelines on data standards and contribution methods to the MME.
  • The Powerhouse Museum’s Object name thesaurus has been added to the MME repository. The thesaurus is available and searchable to users who have data entry access to the repository.
  • KE Software have completed development of a module which exports collection level descriptions directly to the MME. The feed from the new module to the MME has been tested successfully in the development environment.

A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.
The software developed can be found at: https://github.com/powerhousemuseum/MME and http://www.kesoftware.com/imu/imu-releases.html

MME are keen to continue to add to the exchange with museum collections from universities and other research institutions. If your institution has a museum collection that could be added to the MME, please contact your Client Liaison Officer.


Public Record Office of Victoria

Public Record Office of Victoria: Government Archives Metadata Project 

Posted 20 September 2013

The project has successfully delivered software and processes enabling the exposure and discovery of the archival metadata, via Research Data Australia. Researchers can now discover relevant material of great value across a wide range of interests.

The solution allows archives to prepare existing metadata for automatic harvesting by Research Data Australia. The project also delivered documents detailing the installation, operation and customization of the solution. More than 14,000 collection records have been harvested from Public Record Office of Victoria, with further harvests scheduled weekly.

The solution has been developed in a modular fashion which will enable reuse by other archives and government agencies. State Records Authority of NSW has already integrated some of the processes with their existing architecture, resulting in more than 19,000 collection records harvested from this agency to date.

A description of the related PROV and SRNSW data collections can be seen on Research Data Australia:

A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.


Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF)

Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF): ReDBox project

Posted 27 August 2012

The Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF) has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project, ReDBox (Research Data Box) project.  This extensible system for use by libraries and research office includes:

  • a research data registry that provides workflows and interfaces for the creation of metadata;
  • a name authority system (Mint).

ReDBox provides a way of describing and disseminating research data information. This facilitates the development of a culture of research data sharing. It is pleasing to see that ReDBox has began with a community focus because sharing and reusing research data requires a partnership between researchers and administrators and the systems they use.

For the institutions undertaking ANDS Metadata Stores (AMS) projects, ReDBox provides a sound technical foundation for meeting the mandatory requirements of this program as well as many of the optional deliverables.

For more information visit the ReDBox-Mint website
Technical documentation and software is available for download
A public demonstration site can be found here

ANDS specifically acknowledges the efforts of Duncan Dickinson (Project Manager), Greg Pendlebury (Lead Developer), Norm Lawler (QCIF) as well as collaborators, Vicki Picasso (University of Newcastle) and Amanda Nixon (Flinders University). Their efforts have resulted in a tool for improving data management for the Australian research community.


Queensland University of Technology

Queensland University of Technology: B150 Big Jam

Queensland University of Technology: Biodiversity

Queensland University of Technology: Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Australian Soils (N2O)

Queensland University of Technology: RDA Gold Standard Record Exemplars

Queensland University of Technology: Research Data Finder

Queensland University of Technology: A Data Transformation and Model Calibration System for Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics in Australian Ecosystems


Queensland University of Technology: B150 Big Jam

posted 24 February 2012

The Queensland University of Technology has successfully completed the ANDS-funded Data Capture project: “B150 Big Jam”

The key achievements of this project are:

  • The development of software to support the management of multimedia objects and related metadata for musical recordings of the Queensland’s Q150 Big Jam Live Music Festival (2009).
  • Development of system architecture and suitable workflows for publishing research data information to Research Data Australia.
  • A selection of 11 records described and contributed to Research Data Australia providing greater exposure to data through the Research Data Australia portal.

A description of the Queensland University of Technology data capture project collections can be viewed on Research Data Australia.
The code and user documentation developed as part of this project is available at https://sourceforge.net/projects/mediacrawl/.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

The outcomes of this project were made possible through the joint efforts of Professor Philip Graham and his research group as well as the QUT HPC and Research Support Team.
 


Queensland University of Technology: Biodiversity

posted 24 February 2012

The Queensland University of Technology has successfully completed the ANDS-funded Data Capture project: “Biodiversity”

The key achievements of this project are:

  • The development of software to enable the management and publishing of audio data collections and metadata from acoustic sensors used for measuring environmental health within the ecological research domain.
  • Development of system architecture and suitable workflows for publishing research data information to Research Data Australia.
  • A selection of over 11 records described and contributed to Research Data Australia providing greater exposure to data on Biodiversity research through the Research Data Australia portal.

A description of the Queensland University of Technology data capture project collections can be viewed on Research Data Australia.
The code and user documentation developed as part of this project is available at: https://sourceforge.net/projects/rdb2rdfmapper/.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

The outcomes of this project were made possible through the joint efforts of Professor Paul Roe and his team as well as the QUT HPC and Research Support Team.


Queensland University of Technology: Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Australian Soils (N2O)

posted 24 February 2012

The Queensland University of Technology has successfully completed the ANDS-funded Data Capture project: “Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Australian Soils (N2O)”

The key achievements of this project are:

  • The development of software to allow researchers to enhance metadata and manage the data automatically generated from instruments within the ecological research domain.
  • Development of system architecture and suitable workflows for publishing research data information to Research Data Australia.
  • A selection of 11 records described and contributed to Research Data Australia providing greater exposure to data on Greenhouse Gas Emissions research through the Research Data Australia portal.

A description of the Queensland University of Technology data capture project collections can be viewed on Research Data Australia.
The code and user documentation developed as part of this project is available at http://sourceforge.net/projects/metamaster/.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website

The outcomes of this project were made possible through the joint efforts of Professor Peter Grace and the QUT HPC and Research Support Team.


Queensland University of Technology: RDA Gold Standard Record Exemplars

posted 10 January 2013

The Queensland University of Technology has successfully completed the ANDS-funded Seeding the Commons project: “RDA Gold Standard Record Exemplars”

The key achievements of this project are:

  • Development of processes and workflows for improving the record quality, connectivity and richness of research data metadata records in Research Data Australia.
  • Analysis of ANDS Tools and costs and benefits of improving Research Data Australia records.
  • A selection of 10 collection records described and contributed to Research Data Australia providing greater exposure to research data through the Research Data Australia portal.

A description of the Queensland University of Technology collections can be viewed on Research Data Australia:

The code and user documentation developed as part of this project is available at http://sourceforge.net/projects/qutands/
A blog detailing the project is at: https://www.library.qut.edu.au/blog/andsgold/
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

The outcomes of this project were made possible through the joint efforts of Professor Kerry Raymond-the QUT Library and the High Performance Computing and Research Support (HPC) Team, Philippa Broadley-the Project Manager from QUT Library, and Lance De Vine from HPC Research Support.


Queensland University of Technology: Research Data Finder

posted 4 July 2013

The Queensland University of Technology has successfully completed its ANDS-funded metadata stores project to develop Research Data Finder.

 The key achievements of this project include:

  • The development of an operational VIVO-based research data metadata store that amalgamates data from a number of internal enterprise wide systems including the QUT Academic Profiles System and ResearchMaster.
  • Development of system architecture and suitable workflows for publishing research data information to Research Data Australia.
  • The creation of customised data entry interfaces and processes to simplify the publication of research data metadata records as well as functionality to assign DOIs and citations to Research Data Collections.

ANDs wishes to acknowledge the outcomes of this project were made possible through the combined efforts of Philippa Broadley who project managed the project, Gawri Edussuriya the principal developer and Martin Borchert the project sponsor.

The QUT Research Data Finder is located at http://researchdatafinder.qut.edu.au/
The code and user documentation developed as part of this project is available at http://sourceforge.net/projects/qutands/files/QUT_Metadata_Store_Project_MS05/
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.
A description of the QUT collections can be viewed on Research Data Australia.


Queensland University of Technology: Data Transformation and Model Calibration System for Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics in Australian Ecosystems

posted 8 April 2014

The Queensland University of Technology Institute for Future Environments has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: A Data Transformation and Model Calibration System for Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics in Australian Ecosystems.

The application 'Semaphore' developed out of the project helps soil scientists to use existing modelling tools, specifically DayCent and Century carbon and nitrogen modelling tools. DayCent and Century allow scientists to model cycling of greenhouse gases under different conditions. Semaphore provides an interface to generate appropriate input and output files and digital curation and management of these files.

This is the first system of its kind to allow researchers to perform complex greenhouse gas modelling in a cloud environment, and to share the results and data input files with other researchers. The system also has the capability to easily incorporate new or updated modelling tools. These attributes have already made the system successful, as researchers involved in the project have testified.

Targeted user communities will gain an integrated system of tools for executing complicated greenhouse gas modelling tools, the ability to add new or updated tools as they become available, data management and curation, along with extensive collaboration and data sharing capabilities.

A YouTube video provides an overview of Semaphore and outlines its uses to researchers.

The journey towards this successful outcome can be followed on the project blog.
The software developed can be downloaded from: https://github.com/QUT-IFE-eResearch/semaphore.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.
A description of Semaphore can be seen in Research Data Australia.

ANDS would like to congratulate each member of the project team, and all else involved, for the successful completion of the project.


RMIT University

RMIT University: Data Capture from High Performance Computing Multi-User Environments

RMIT University: Screen Media Research Archive

RMIT University: Online Decision Support Toolkit for Climate Resilient Seaports

RMIT University: Research Data Storage and Curation at RMIT


RMIT University: Data Capture from High Performance Computing Multi-User Environments

posted 24 April 2012

RMIT has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: Data Capture from High Performance Computing Multi-User Environments:

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • RMIT is a very high user of physics and chemistry simulation packages such as VASP, CRYSTAL, SIESTA, and GULP running on a number of High Performance Computing (HPC) facilities. The developed software HPCTardis from this ANDS funded project would interface with the HPC facilities and would assist researchers in collecting, managing and storing their data. The software would also facilitate subsequent retrieval and reuse of generated data that would enable the researchers to curate the data generated from simulation runs. The curation process creates domain specific metadata registry and also provides connector software for publishing metadata to Research Data Australia portal, which facilitates research data be discovered and re-used by researchers.
  • The software HPCTardis is made available to a public accessible space (GoogleCode), which may attract interests from e-research community. HPCTardis is a modified and extended version of myTardis. HPCTardis has the following features:
    • HPCTardis is equipped with newly developed protocol to create experiment automatically in the HPCTardis web portal. The protocol also transfers datasets from the HPC Facilities to the institutional repository (HPCTardis store).
    • The extended functionalities in HPCTardis are capable of communicating with Unix servers seamlessly using Unix scripts.
    • The HPCTardis is equipped with functionalities to extract metadata from four simulation packages such as SIESTA, CRYSTAL, VASP and GULP.
    • The HPCTardis is developed with various functions, which is capable of producing ANDS specific metadata. The functions can also generate RIF-CS dynamically with related party, activity and collection records that can be harvested automatically using OAI-PMH.
  • A selection of 28 records described and contributed to Research Data Australia providing greater exposure to data on Theoretical and Computational Chemistry and Condensed Matter Physics research through the Research Data Australia portal.
  • A poster was displayed and a talk was given in eResearch Australasia conference 2011.

A sample of descriptions of data from the above mentioned physics and chemistry simulation packages can be seen on Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.
The software HPCTardis is available from Google Code: http://hpctardis.googlecode.com

This project was jointly led by Prof. Salvy Russo, Prof. Heinz Schmidt and their team including Ravi Sreenivas, Venki Balasubramanian, Ian Thomas and Daniel Drumm.


RMIT University: Screen Media Research Archive

posted 27 April 2012

RMIT has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: Screen Media Research Archive.

  • A virtual collections service was developed for the Media Virtual Research Collections (MaVReC). The service integrates cognate but differently structured existing research collections into a responsive, sustainable, user-friendly application for the ingestion, search and retrieval of screen media research.  The service also offers a way for the specificity of humanities research to be captured, exposed and interlinked to other research,
  • There are about  200 collection records and 8 party records that have been published via Research Data Australia (RDA). This will enhance the visibility of screen media data collections to the broader research community, and offer an exciting avenue for media researchers to move beyond the traditional practice of ‘lone operators’.
  • The data management principles and practices established through MaVReC have been indispensible for the AFI (Australian Film Institution) Research Collection. With further development based on the work to date, AFIRC will be able to offer internal and external researchers a seamless information retrieval experience that has not previously been available within the sector. The reporting of research (in the form of Virtual Collections) into RDA as an automated feature of MaVReC ensures the exposure of screen media and more broadly humanities research on a national basis.
  • Two abstract and displayed posters about the project were presented in a recently concluded eResearch Australasia conference 2011, in which the project team received lot of appreciation for their ideas and their development approach.

A description of the Cinema Studies data collection can be seen on Research Data Australia
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website
The Media and Virtual Record Collections (MaVReC) application is available from Google Code: http://mavrec.googlecode.com

This project was jointly led by Prof. Deb Verhoeven (School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University) and Prof. Heinz Schmidt (RMIT eResearch Centre), with the contribution from the project team including: Ravi Sreenivasamurthy, Venki Balasubramanian, Ian Edward Thomas, Nicholas May, Alexander Gionfriddo and Rachel Wilson.


RMIT University: Online Decision Support Toolkit for Climate Resilient Seaports

posted 9 September 2013

The Climate Change Adaptation Program (CCAP) and the eResearch Office at RMIT University have successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: Online Decision Support Toolkit for Climate Resilient Seaports.

This project set out to develop a decision support toolkit that assists robust climate change adaption planning for the Australian seaports sector.

The project team worked closely with representatives from Australian seaports to develop the web-based interactive toolkit Climate Smart Seaports (CSS).

The CSS toolkit:

  • brings together a range of different climate and non-climate data from different data providers in a one-stop-shop
  • structures this complex information in formats that align closely with general risk management processes
  • publishes risk assessment reports to the CSS portal to promote peer-to-peer learning and the spread of knowledge
  • and exposes risk assessment reports through Research Data Australia.

The project has enhanced the collaboration between RMIT research teams and the Australian ports industry. Some ports, such as Sydney Ports Corporation and Gippsland Ports, have contributed directly to the development of the CSS toolkit.  This close collaboration lays the foundation for further development of the CSS toolkit, and ensures the toolkit has direct value to both stakeholders and research communities.

Researchers and partners can access this portal online at http://seaports.eres.rmit.edu.au:8080/.

The software developed can be found at: https://code.google.com/p/climate-smart-seaports/.

A description of the resulting CSS service can be seen in Research Data Australia.

A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

Professor Darryn McEvoy, Dr Jane Mullett, Alexei Trundle and Sophie Millin from CCAP, and Professor Heinz Schmidt, Dr Venki Balasubramanian, Guillaume Prevost, Ian Thomas and Ravi Sreenivasamurthy from eResearch at RMIT, have worked on this project of national significance. Stakeholders include the CSIRO, BoM, the National Transport Commission, and Engineers Australia as well as support from individual seaports across Australia.


RMIT University: Research Data Storage and Curation at RMIT

posted 6 December 2013

RMIT has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: 'Research Data Storage and Curation at RMIT.'

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • demonstrated a workflow for registering new data collection descriptions
  • implemented ReDBox Metadata Store
  • aligned the Metadata Store with institutional and external sources of truth for researchers, projects and enabled citation tracking.

A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

This project was jointly led by Mr Alan Lo. The software development was carried out in conjunction with the ReDBox Research Data community.


Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne University of Technology: Watering the garden for the seeds to grow: building Swinburne research data management capability

Swinburne University of Technology: Swinburne Metadata Stores Project


Swinburne University of Technology: Watering the garden for the seeds to grow: building Swinburne research data management capability

posted 4 January 2012

Swinburne University of Technology has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: "Watering the garden for the seeds to grow: building Swinburne research data management capability".

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • A local guide for research data description, covering appropriate metadata schema and ontologies. More information and documents are available here.
  • Completed framework and materials for a data audit of all active Category 1 research income grants.
  • Swinburne extensively tested the ReDBox software and analysed its suitability for the institution’s needs: <http://code.google.com/p/redbox-mint/>
  • Created a research data management toolkit and training materials for Library staff
  • A selection of datasets described and contributed to Research Data Australia

There is a link to Swinburne’s research data website.
Swinburne’s current data collection can be seen on Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found here on the ANDS website.

This project was completed by Rebecca Parker and Terrence Bennett and was led by Teula Morgan at Swinburne University of Technology Library


Swinburne University of Technology: Swinburne Metadata Stores Project

posted 2 October 2013

Swinburne University of Technology has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: 'Swinburne Metadata Stores Project'.

The Swinburne Metadata Stores Project was funded in 2012 by ANDS to implement a metadata store at Swinburne. Having a metadata store will help to meet the following objectives:

  • Enable improved compliance with funding body requirements for research data management;
  • Increase visibility around research activities within Swinburne to enable strategic planning;
  • Enable the discovery and reuse of quality Swinburne datasets, contributing to the research community as a whole; and
  • Enable high quality metadata to facilitate discovery and ongoing management.

By helping to build relationships between enterprise systems and external services, academics are now able to create rich research data descriptions for Research Data Australia.

Prior to the initiation of this project there was no system at Swinburne capable of handling the management of data collection descriptions. Through the implementation of the Swinburne Metadata Store, backed by the ReDBox and Mint systems, Swinburne now has the capacity to maintain a curated collection of these records which can be more fully utilised by the institution. Detailed descriptions of research and data collections can be submitted directly to Research Data Australia, or via ReDBox, depending on the record type and complexity.

Setting up appropriate data management capacity has, in recent years, become an important issue for many researchers at Swinburne. Whether the data collected is sensitive in nature (such as images captured from brain scanning equipment); is measured in petabytes like astronomy data; or is specific to setting up sample measurements and instruments in the case of microscopy data, the desire to have a system to facilitate analysis, storage and retrieval of data is universally important.

By implementing a system that provides a comprehensive picture of research activity at Swinburne, information can be fed into the institution's strategic planning activities, that can in turn guide institutional change through both policy and infrastructure spending.

In addition, Swinburne benefits from improved public awareness of its valuable research data, thus increasing the potential for more citations, and generating new opportunities for research collaborations. Advanced data sharing, reuse and analysis projects such as the Swinburne Pulsar Portal, further promote the quality outputs Swinburne contributes to the wider research community.

The Swinburne Metadata Stores Project involved researchers from:

  • Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre (BPsyC) (MEG and MRI imaging);
  • Centre for Atom Optics and Ultrafast Spectroscopy (CAOUS) (microscopy); and
  • Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing (CAS).

A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website and on the project website.

The software developed to expand ReDBox is available.

The project team members were:

Swinburne Research Information Services - Arna Karick, Samara Neilson, Scott Saunders, Ryan Wendt, Neale Yates, Chris Flynn and Andrew Jameson.

Swinburne Information Technology Services - Adnan Moyeed, Gin Tan and Con Tassios.

VeRSI - Steve Bennett, Cyrus Keong and Jared Winton.


University of Adelaide

University of Adelaide: Showcasing Research Data

University of Adelaide: Genomics Data Capture

University of Adelaide: Research Metadata Store Project

Atlas of Living Australia (CSIRO) & TERN (University of Adelaide): Soils to Satellites


University of Adelaide: Showcasing Research Data

posted 23 April 2012

The University of Adelaide has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: “Showcasing Research Data.”

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • Research data interviews with 100 University of Adelaide researchers
  • Information and guidelines on research data management http://libguides.adelaide.edu.au/researchdata
  • The internal report, "Responses to interviews: University of Adelaide research data repository and metadata store", which will inform the University’s approach to managing research data.

University of Adelaide data collections can be seen on Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

Cathy Miller and Vanessa Barrett from the University of Adelaide Library completed this project.


University of Adelaide: Genomics Data Capture

posted 10 January 2013

The University of Adelaide has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: Genomics Data Capture.

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • an automated system to manage data and metadata flowing from South Australia Cancer Genomics Facility gene sequencers
  • records describing sequence data in Research Data Australia
  • gene sequences recorded at European Bioinformatics Institute.

The records generated can be seen seen on Research Data Australia
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website
The software developed can be found at: http://code.google.com/p/gdacap/

This project was led by Professor Dave Adelson, and managed by Dr Jianfeng Li at the School of Molecular and Biomedical Science.


University of Adelaide: Research Metadata Store Project

posted 13 May 2013

The University of Adelaide has successfully completed the ANDS-funded Research Metadata Store Project.

The key achievements this project produced are an operational ReDBox research data metadata store linked into the university’s human resources and research branch systems. The University of Adelaide is  making an ongoing effort to populate the metadata store following completion of the project phase, which will create records that will populate Research Data Australia.

The completed metadata store has business-as-usual systems around it, including ongoing governance from ITS, the university library and research branch. The business owner is the research branch, but the University of Adelaide has also funded an ongoing research data officer to sit within the library and ensure the metadata store’s continued success following the project phase.

ANDS specifically acknowledges the efforts of Cathy Miller, who worked closely with the subcontracted project team from Innodev. Professor Richard Russell AM chaired the project steering group which brought together stakeholders from the library, ITS and research branch, and also included several researchers. This high-level commitment to steering the project was a significant part of the project’s success.

We anticipate ongoing success in data management, publication and reuse at the University of Adelaide.

A description of the related data collections can be seen on Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.
The software developed can be found at: https://github.com/innodev-au/


University of Ballarat: Seeding the Commons

posted 11 June 2013

The Centre for eCommerce & Communications at University of Ballarat has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: “Seeding the Commons”

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • 15 research data collections into the national data commons
  • a draft research data management policy, submitted to the University Committee
  • a training plan package made available to the University Community, and website supporting material  (see http://libguides.ballarat.edu.au/Research_Data_Management)
  • a data management plan template developed and published on library website

A description of the University of Ballarat data collections can be seen on Research Data Australia
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website 

This project was led by Dr. Helen Thompson, CECC with invaluable assistance from Dr. Janette Corcoran, Research Fellow and Ms Carolyn Bray, Data Librarian.


University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne: Seeding the Commons

University of Melbourne: Capturing multi-modal data to support research in cardiovascular and neurological medicine

University of Melbourne: Youth Research Centres Life Patterns Project: Longitudinal qualitative and quantitative survey data capture and re-use

University of Melbourne: Federated Neuroimaging collections in the national data commons

University of Melbourne: Founders and Survivors Project

University of Melbourne: Optimising metadata capture, data sharing procedures and long-term re-use of video data in Social Sciences

University of Melbourne: Humanities and Social Science Data at the University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne: Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre Bioinformatics Development Project

University of Melbourne: Turnkey Research Data Registry

University of Melbourne: Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration (CSDILA): North West Metropolitan Region of Melbourne Data Access, Integration and Interrogation and Demonstrator Projects


University of Melbourne: Seeding the Commons

posted 24 January 2012

The University of Melbourne has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: “Seeding the Commons”.

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • Identified and documented over 500 existing research datasets, using manual and automated workflows into the University Metadata Store and Research Data Australia. Excluding specific research institutes, this is by far the greatest number of records submitted to Research Data Australia by an institution, and exposes datasets including Archaeology (8), Australian Government (41), Biochemistry (seven), Zoology (11), Psychology (14), Plant Biology (32), Neuroscience (17) research areas, among many.
  • Developed a university wide research data and records management policy and tools for supporting the implementation of this policy (see http://www.imas.unimelb.edu.au/research_data_management) .
  • Established an integrated research data management helpdesk, supported by an integrated website that aims to connect researchers and research administrators with policy information, tools, services and training. A new website will launch in early 2012.
  • Developed and delivered a variety of information, outreach and training materials for internal stakeholders, has been made on the ANDS Community Noticeboard.

The project has provided tangible outputs, which illustrates what can be achieved with the provision of targeted resources. The University of Melbourne will fund key personnel in this project for a further 12 months and hope to grow the service further in 2013. Ongoing promotion of Research Data Australia will form part of outreach and information sessions across the University’s integrated research data management service.

A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

This project was led by Anna Shadbolt on behalf of Philip Kent, University Librarian.


University of Melbourne: Capturing multi-modal data to support research in cardiovascular and neurological medicine

Posted 14 June 2012

Biogrid Australia in conjunction with eScholarship Research Centre (eSRC) at University of Melbourne has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: “Capturing multi-modal data to support research in cardiovascular and neurological medicine”. Biogrid Australia Limited provides a secure research platform and infrastructure that enables access to real-time clinical, imaging and biospecimen data across jurisdictions, institutions and diseases. Biogrid Australia provides researchers authorised access to data in many disease types and data from disparate existing databases at many institutions. A significant challenge to Biogrid is to consistently and accurately represent the data it manages to research public.

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • to increase and standardise the information presented on the web in the internal web tool, Business Glossary, and publically in Research Data Australia.
  • to publish information about the data in 20 Biogrid databases to Research Data Australia.
  • to enhance information in other Biogrid databases to ANDS standards so that publication will be simple when and if the data custodian chooses to publish.
  • to export metadata directly to Research Data Australia.
  • to increase the likelihood of researchers with similar interests finding out about Biogrid datasets and thereby to increase collaboration.

A description of the Biogrid data collections can be seen on Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website

This project was jointly led by Mr Owen O’Neill, University of Melbourne and Ms Naomi Rafael, Biogrid Australia.

The software development was carried out by VeRSI (Victorian eResearch Strategic Initiative).


University of Melbourne: Youth Research Centres Life Patterns Project: Longitudinal qualitative and quantitative survey data capture and re-use.

Posted 14 June 2012

The Australian Youth Research Centre (YRC) in conjunction with University of Melbournes eScholarship Research Centre (eSRC) has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: Youth Research Centres Life Patterns Project: Longitudinal qualitative and quantitative survey data capture and re-use.

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • Implement and populate the Online Heritage Resource Manager (OHRM) software to support local research data management. The OHRM content will be released as a public access website to inform and encourage collaboration with local researchers.
  • Export from the YRC OHRM to the University of Melbournes Research Data Registry, and then harvest to Research Data Australia
  • Secure ongoing ARC funding, based directly on the success of the ANDS Data Capture project, to build over three years a national database of young Australians at risk of school non-completion.

A description of the YRC data collections can be seen online at Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.
Software is available here.

This project was jointly led by Mr Owen O'Neill, University of Melbourne Data Capture Program Manager and Professor Johanna Wyn, and Mr. Hernan Cuervo, Youth Resource Centre. The software development was carried out by VeRSI (Victorian eResearch Strategic Initiative).


University of Melbourne: Federated Neuroimaging collections in the national data commons

Posted 14 June 2012

The University of Melbournes eScholarship Research Centre (eSRC),  and Neuroimaging and Neuro-Informatics Group has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: Federated Neuroimaging collections in the national data commons.

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • Exporting metadata from local Mediaflux-based system (called DaRIS) to Research Data Australia through local Research Data Registry
  • Mapping local DaRIS metadata schema to ANDS RIF-CS metadata schema
  • Improvements to local metadata structure and quality implemented

A description of the Neuroimaging data collections can be seen online at Research Data Australia
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.
Software is available here

This project was jointly led by Mr Owen O'Neill, University of Melbourne Data Capture Program Manager and Dr Neil Killeen, Neuroimaging Informatics and Computational Facility. The technical  development was carried out by VeRSI (Victorian eResearch Strategic Initiative).


University of Melbourne: Founders and Survivors Project

Posted 14 June 2012

The University of Melbournes eScholarship Research Centre (eSRC), and the Founders and Survivors Project, a five year ARC funded project (http://www.foundersandsurvivors.org/), has successfully completed an ANDS-funded data capture activity in the Founders and Survivors Project. The Founders and Survivors Project brings together records relating to 73,000 convicts transported to Tasmania in the 19th century and their descendants. The resulting population database is of national and international significance for historical, demographic and population health researchers. The key achievements this data capture project produced are:

  • To integrate ANDS RIF-CS descriptive metadata within the Founders and Survivors database repository development, improving intra-project communications
  • To describe over 300 collections within the project for export to University of Melbourne Research Data Registry and Research Data Australia
  • To provide a comprehensive set of convict ship index collections, including convict names and basic identity data
  • Development of an XML workflow toolkit to ingest data into the population database, and describe derived datasets for export out to Research Data Australia

A description of the Founders and Survivors data collections can be seen online at Research Data Australia.
A description of the project, including source code and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.
Software is available here

This project was jointly led by Mr Owen O'Neill, University of Melbourne Data Capture Program Manager and Dr Rebecca Kippen, Founders and Survivors. The technical development was carried out by VeRSI (Victorian eResearch Strategic Initiative).


University of Melbourne: Optimising metadata capture, data sharing procedures and long-term re-use of video data in Social Sciences

Posted 14 June 2012

The University of Melbournes eScholarship Research Centre and International Centre for Classroom Research has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: Optimising metadata capture, data sharing procedures and long-term re-use of video data in Social Sciences. The ICCR houses one of the largest collections of classroom data ever accumulated, including video data of mathematics and science classrooms, early childhood and primary schools, and clinical teaching in hospitals. The ICCR offers researchers a state-of-the-art data storage, and analysis facility.

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • Successfully exported metadata from their local system (based on NetXposure) and published it to Research Data Australia, through the local University of Melbourne Research Data Registry
  • Explored metadata issues associated with large-scale audio-visual repositories
  • Established workflows to enable efficient generation of metadata
  • Provided a solid base for other University of Melbourne video based research projects, including metadata tags and descriptions.

A description of the Classroom data collections can be seen online at Research Data Australia
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.
Software is available here.

This project was jointly led by Mr Owen O'Neill, University of Melbourne Data Capture Program Manager and Mr Cameron Mitchell, International Centre for Classroom Research. The software development was carried out by VeRSI (Victorian eResearch Strategic Initiative).


University of Melbourne: Humanities and Social Science Data at the University of Melbourne

Posted 14 June 2012

The University of Melbournes eScholarship Research Centre (eSRC), has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: Humanities and Social Science Data at the University of Melbourne. The key achievement this project produced are:

  • Successful demonstration of tools, services and workflows to disseminate information about Humanities and Social Science research data collections to University of Melbournes Research Data Registry and Research Data Australia
  • Refactoring the eSRC Online Heritage Resource Manager (OHRM) data management tool
  • Developing tools to ingest data into the OHRM software, and export metadata about multiple data collections held within the OHRM
  • Testing the tools developed on two flagship OHRM projects; The Australian Womens Register, and the Encyclopaedia of Australian Science.

A description of the eSRC data collections can be seen online at Research Data Australia: 

A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.
Software is available here.

This project was jointly led by Mr Owen O'Neill, University of Melbourne Data Capture Program Manager and Mr Gavan McCarthy, eScholarship Research Centre. The technical development was carried out by VeRSI (Victorian eResearch Strategic Initiative).


University of Melbourne: Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre Bioinformatics Development Project

posted 29 June 2012

The Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre (MNC) in conjunction with University of Melbourne’s eScholarship Research Centre (eSRC) has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: “Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre Bioinformatics Development Project”. The key achievements this project produced are:

  • the implementation of a new DaRIS repository (extending Mediaflux) for managing research data and the customisation and reuse of functionality developed through other University of Melbourne ANDS Data Capture projects.
  • the implementation of more efficient and effective data management workflows and practices at the Centre. The MNC previously recorded information about research data sets using MS Excel. This project led to the development and implementation of functionality for harvesting metadata records describing research data stored in the newly implemented MNC repository into the Australian Research Data Commons via the University’s metadata registry.
  • description and publication of metadata about a number of MNC datasets, with an expected small number registered each year in the future.

A description of the MNC data collections can be seen online at Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.
The software produced is available here.

This project was jointly led by Mr Owen ONeill, University of Melbourne Data Capture Program Manager and Dr Sarah Whittle, Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre. The technical development was carried out by VeRSI (Victorian eResearch Strategic Initiative).


University of Melbourne: Turnkey Research Data Registry

posted 9 July 2013

The University of Melbourne has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: a Turnkey Research Data Registry.

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • processes for capturing data and related metadata
  • an operational automated research data description feed to Research Data Australia
  • demonstrated redeployment of VIVO software in other institutions; Griffith, QUT, University of Western Australia
  • a document establishing a policy framework to enable systematic harvest to the Australian National Data Commons
  • a stable research data registry ontology
  • a standard integration template and associated business process description.

A description of the University of Melbourne’s data collections can be seen on Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.
The software developed can be found at: http://code.google.com/p/ands-vitro-code/

This project was jointly led by Mr Simon Porter, Research Knowledge Systems Advisor, Melbourne Research, with assistance from Mr Cyrus Keong, Versi. The software development was carried out by Versi.


University of Melbourne: Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration (CSDILA): North West Metropolitan Region of Melbourne Data Access, Integration and Interrogation and Demonstrator Projects

posted 20 January 2014

The Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration (CSDILA) at the University of Melbourne has successfully completed the AURIN & ANDS co-funded project: North West Metropolitan Region of Melbourne Data Access, Integration and Interrogation and Demonstrator Projects.

This project aimed to demonstrate the benefit of providing open access of government datasets to researchers, planners and policymakers in dealing with problems of space, place, and liveability.

The project team has achieved their goal by delivering a data hub and four demonstrators:

  • The Data Hub harvests data from the Department of Environment and Primary industries, contributes data to an AURIN data portal to allow for data availability, and creates and makes metadata available to Research Data Australia for data discovery.
  • The Walkability Demonstrator is an interactive online tool for researchers and planners to investigate how neighbourhood walkability is related to amenity access and to test different planning scenarios prior to developing new areas and retro-fitting older ones.
  • The Employment Demonstrator provides an analytical process by which researchers can identify spatial clusters of industry in Melbourne Metropolitan Regions. In turn, these clusters can then be used to address issues of concern to urban policymaking in the region.
  • The Housing Demonstrator is a data platform and analysis tool that provides residential development potential index, development assessment analysis and demand assessment analysis for affordability to provide better insights into the understanding of variables important for the assessment of housing supply.
  • The Health Demonstrator links health and social infrastructure data for equitable health planning in Type 2 Diabetes.    

The above demonstrators provide the evidence of a new paradigm of data management with a focus on spatially enabled infrastructure, which integrates urban data from distributed resources.

The journey towards this successful outcome can be followed on the project blog.

The project has produced a manuscript that is available online.

The software developed can be found on GitHub.

A description of the resulting demonstrators (services) can be seen in Research Data Australia at: health demonstrator, housing demonstrator, walkability demonstrator and employment demonstrator.

A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

ANDS would like to congratulate the project team, including Professor Abbas Rajabifard , Dr Serryn Eagleson, Dr Mohsen Kalantari, Dr Hannah Badland, Dr Marcus White, Dr John Furler, Dr Jennifer Day, Dr Sophie Sturup and Dr Piyush Tiwari, for delivering this successful project.


University of New England

University of New England: N.C.W. Beadle Database


University of New England: N.C.W. Beadle Database

posted 6 November 2013

The University of New England has successfully completed the ANDS-funded Seeding the Commons project: 'N.C.W. Beadle Database at The University of New England'.

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • The development of a new web-based software tool for the N.C.W. Beadle Herbarium to create and manage specimen, species, determination, confirmation, and person information.  The software provides an advanced search facility enabling complex searches across the database and a second instance of the system is used in undergraduate teaching units.  There are currently 114 active users in both systems consisting of Herbarium staff, researchers from several institutions, curators from other herbaria, consultants, NSW DPI users and students.
  • In collaboration with the University of Wollongong and Southern Cross University more than 82,000 specimen data records were exported from the new Herbarium system to the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) and to the Australia’s Virtual Herbarium (AVH) making the N.C.W. Beadle the first independent university herbarium to deliver records to ALA and AVH. 
  • The creation of a ‘Management and Storage of Research Data and Materials Policy’ for UNE.  This policy makes provision for the development and implementation of an institutional storage facility for research data and a metadata store to host descriptions of research data.
  • The registering in Research Data Australia of 50 collections from the N.C.W. Beadle Collection and also 6 collections from the UNE Heritage Centre, Stage On Screen and UNE Archives.

A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

The software developed can be found at: https://github.com/IntersectAustralia/nedb

The team members were Prof Jeremy Bruhl, Ian Telford and Jon Burne of the Herbarium and Johan Boshoff and the engineering team of Intersect.


University of New South Wales

The Centre for Health Informatics at UNSW: An International Antibiotic-Resistance Gene Cassette Database

University of New South Wales: Data Capture and Integration Across Multiple Platforms for Science Research Instrumentation

University of New South Wales: Climate Model Downscaling Data for Impacts Research (CliMDDIR)

University of New South Wales: UNSW Metadata Stores

University of New South Wales: Proteomic-Genomic Nexus

University of New South Wales: Australia and New Zealand Neonatal Network ― Data Capture Project


 The Centre for Health Informatics at UNSW: An International Antibiotic-Resistance Gene Cassette Database

posted 25 September 2011

The Centre for Health Informatics at UNSW has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: “An International Antibiotic-Resistance Gene Cassette Database”

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • Published a free on-line repository of the hundreds of known antibiotic resistance gene cassettes.
  • Established a web service through which microbiologists can submit cassette array sequences and receive an accurate cassette names based on predictions made by our (existing) computational system and knowledge base.
  • Allow people to submit new cassettes to be reviewed by staff at the Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology and for inclusion in the knowledge base.
  • Created tools to keep track of submission status, update submission, and publish them.
  • Users in 6 countries in less than 6 months since launch.

This is a link to the Repository of Antibiotic resistance Cassettes database online: http://www2.chi.unsw.edu.au:8080/rac/
A description of the MPPDA data collection can be seen on Research Data Australia
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

This project was jointly led by Dr. Guy Tsafnat and Dr. Sally Partridge at the Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at Westmead Hospital.
The software development was carried out by Intersect Australia Limited.

Project summary handout (PDF 720KB)


University of New South Wales: Data Capture and Integration Across Multiple Platforms for Science Research Instrumentation

posted 6 March 2013

A collaboration between the Mark Wainright Analytical Centre, the Schools of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Medical Science and the UNSW Library has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: “Data Capture and Integration Across Multiple Platforms for Science Research Instrumentation”.

Through the development of this project, spectroscopy instruments have been the primary focus for integration, such as the NMR, FTIR, UV-Visible and Raman Spectroscopy instruments. However, to demonstrate the applicability of the tool across a range of datatypes, further instruments such as the Capillary Porometer, Potentiostat and Microscope Slide Scanners have also been included. For all of the designated instruments, file types for the extraction of metadata and a visualisation have been defined.

The key achievements of this project are:

  • A system for  managing  data that is sufficiently flexible to be applicable across a range of disciplines.
  • A web interface for researchers to access and manage research data collected from instruments.
  • Where applicable provide a visualisation of the uploaded data to assist users with its identification.
  • The ability to download the data or to share it with other repository systems such as The Membrane Research Environment (MemRE), the Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) and Research Data Australia (RDA).
  • Provide administrators the ability to add additional instruments without the need for further software development
  • At the conclusion of the project ACData has 27 registered users, who have uploaded 17GB of data as part of 66 projects and 2698 datasets.

This is a link to the project website: https://www.researchdata.unsw.edu.au/
A description of the data collection can be seen on Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.
The software developed is available here.

The team members at UNSW were: Shane Cox, Danmar Gloria, Greg Leslie, Grainne Moran, Brynn Hibbert and staff from the Library

The software development was carried out by Intersect Australia Limited.


ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science (CoESCC): Climate Model Downscaling Data for Impacts Research (CliMDDIR)

posted 17 September 2013

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science (CoECSS) has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: Climate Model Downscaling Data for Impacts Research (CliMDDIR).

This project set out to help bridge the gap between climate modellers, who develop and run computer simulations of the Earth's climate system, and researchers seeking to assess the potential impacts of climate change on human and natural systems.

The project team has worked closely with four groups of climate change impacts researchers working in the fields of agriculture, hydrology, health and ecology to develop the CliMDDIR web portal. The portal allows impacts researchers to access output from a high resolution Regional Climate Model (RCM) simulation of the recent and future climate of south-east Australia. In particular, the portal enables impacts researchers to:

  • extract RCM data for the locations or regions, time periods and climate variables that are of interest to them;
  • re-project/interpolate data on an irregular RCM grid to point locations or a regular latitude-longitude grid;
  • convert RCM data from the binary format in which it is stored into ASCII formats that be handled using common software tools; and
  • expose their data collections through the Research Data Australia website.

The CliMDDIR project has laid the foundation for further development of software tools that will facilitate access to the high resolution climate projections for south-east Australia that are currently being produced by the NSW and ACT Regional Climate Modelling (NARCliM) project. In addition, the project has served as a vehicle by which impacts researchers have been introduced to RCM data in advance of the release of the RCM-based NARCliM projections.

A description of the CliMDDIR service can be found on the Research Data Australia website.

For more information about the project and the CliMDDIR service, please visit the project website.

Software developed by the CliMDDIR project is open source and available at a Bitbucket repository.

A description of the CliMDDIR project and contact information can be found on the ANDS project registry website.

The project was led by Prof Andy Pitman at CoECSS, with the team comprising of Ian Macadam (Project Manager), David Fuchs (Lead Developer), Adam Hotz, Patrice Constanza and Carlo Piva (developers).


University of New South Wales: UNSW Metadata Stores

posted 17 October 2013

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: 'UNSW Metadata Stores'.

The Metadata Stores project has developed the ResData service that provides a set of standardised, user-friendly web forms for describing, managing and publishing UNSW research data.  

The service is designed to minimise duplication of effort for researchers in terms of research metadata capture and management by enabling reuse of party/people and activity/project-related information from UNSW Source of Truth systems.

ResData provides a set of standardised, user-friendly web forms for describing, managing and publishing UNSW research data.

The development of ResData combines Fedora Commons repository software with an open source name authority and vocabulary system, Mint, which is used to integrate data from UNSW enterprise systems for people and research grants. The ResData framework and application were developed in-house by the UNSW Library Repository Services.

At present, the ResData service is being integrated with UNSW’s research data storage infrastructure to provide a more efficient research data management and planning service for the University’s researchers. This service will support UNSW in meeting its responsibilities relating to the curation of research data and will encourage researchers to adopt robust and effective research data management practices.

This project involved researchers from:

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Medicine

A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

ResData software components are available.

This project was a collaborative effort between the UNSW Library and UNSW IT. The project team members were: Maude Frances, Stefania Riccardi, Marijka Azzopardi, Liz Stokes, Dr Arif Shaon, Harry Sidhunata, Dave Jarvis, Max Sheng and Michael Isidro.

The primary contact is Maude Frances: m.frances@unsw.edu.au


University of New South Wales: Proteomic-Genomic Nexus

posted 3 December 2013

The Systems Biology Initiative at the University of New South Wales has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: Proteomic-Genomic Nexus.  

The project set out to address the challenge of integrating genomic and transcriptomic data generated from next-generation sequencing with proteomic data generated from protein mass spectrometry.

The project has developed a set of tools which allow researchers to:

  • Co-visualise genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic data using the Integrated Genomics Viewer (IGV)
  • Analyse mass spectrometry results using customisable filters, which can be used to validate alternatively spliced isoforms of proteins
  • Analyse transcriptomics data from bacterial, archaeal, and viral genomes by the generation of novel open reading frames for predicted genes from glimmer or from simple overlapping intervals in the latter case, those simple intervals can be re-arranged to enable the prediction of novel transcript sites
  • Publish analysis results to Research Data Australia so that the data can be findable by and shared with other researchers.

As a result, the tools will allow researchers to transform data in a reliable and powerful way, and facilitate researchers to uncover new genes based on proteomic data.  

The journey towards this successful outcome can be followed at the project blog.
The software developed can be found at: https://github.com/IntersectAustralia/ap11_samifier and https://github.com/IntersectAustralia/ap11_webapp.
A description of the Proteomic-Genomic Nexus service can be found on Research Data Australia.  
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

The project was carried out through successful collaboration between a domain expert team including Prof Marc Wilkins, Dr  Ignatius Pang and  Mr  Aidan Tay from UNSW System Biology Initiative; and a software development team at Intersect including Georgina Edwards, Carlos Aya and Schemek Pochopien.


University of New South Wales: Australia and New Zealand Neonatal Network ― Data Capture Project

posted 20 February 2014

The University of New South Wales’ National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit (NPESU) has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: 'Australia and New Zealand Neonatal Network (ANZNN) ― Data Capture Project'.

This project has delivered:

  • A web-based data capture system (ANZNN DCS) to streamline and simplify the data process flow and to standardise data collection from 36 out of 56 data contributing hospital units. The provision of an online feedback report to data contributors helps reduce the time needed for iterations of checking and validating the data. The system development has resulted in a transfer of the responsibility for processing the data to the data contributors in contrast to before where it was with the ANZNN data manager.
  • The ANZNN DCS can run simultaneously several versions of datasets. The system’s framework is an innovative design aimed at meeting the demands and requirements for a dynamic data collection, data quality improvement and a reduction in processing time. It can adapt to changing data system requirements without major changes in system programming and structure.
  • ANZNN DCS can run on most currently available web browsers. Therefore it can run from all hospital computers that clinicians use for their hospital data entry. As it is available at all times with online access, data contributors can manage their time for entering or uploading data to the ANZNN for validation process.

A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.
The software developed is available: https://github.com/IntersectAustralia/dc21/zipball/master
Research collections have been published in Research Data Australia.

The project team members were: Jishan Dean, Sharon Chow and Vicki Gallimore. The collaborators were members of ANZNN and members of the ANZNN Advisory Council. The software development team members were: Georgina Edwards, Ryan Braganza and Alex Bradner of Intersect Australia Limited.


University of Newcastle

University of Newcastle: Newcastle Research Online

University of Newcastle: Newcastle Research Data Online: Stage 2

University of Newcastle: Data Capture Project


University of Newcastle: Newcastle Research Online

posted 7 June 2012

The University Library at University of Newcastle has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: Newcastle Research Online.

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • A toolkit of resources for data management and new processes and procedures to support sharing and reuse of research data.
  • The contribution of 25 records into Research Data Australia describing University of Newcastle research data collections.
  • A Metadata Store to support metadata capture of research data collections, including information about the location, availability and access to the data.

This is a link to the Data Management toolkit developed.
This is a link to the ReDBox documentation developed.
The University of Newcastle research collections can be seen on Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the University of Newcastle website.

This project was led by: Vicki Picasso, a Senior Librarian, in the University Library at University of Newcastle.  The Metadata Store software implemented was developed in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology and the ReDBox team based at University of Southern Queensland and Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF).


University of Newcastle: Newcastle Research Data Online: Stage 2

posted 2 August 2013

The University of Newcastle has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: “Metadata Stores”, known within the University as “Newcastle Research Data Online: Stage 2”.

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • Systemic, automated and sustainable processes to feed and update required information from institutional systems (‘sources of truth’) to the UoN ReDBox/Mint Metadata Store.  This minimises manual processes and the resourcing previously required for publishing data collection records.
  • Software, systems and workflows which strategically align the metadata store internally with research data storage and researcher workflows as well as externally with national initiatives to identify both data and researchers.
  • The development of a new ReDBox Reporting Module and also the implementation of incoming alerts relating to new and completing research activity.  Together these provide additional mechanisms to promote data management services in context to the researcher’s workflow.

ANDS would particularly like to thank the University of Newcastle team for their sharing and collaboration with other institutions during the project.

A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.
The code and user documentation developed as part of this project is available at: https://github.com/redbox-mint/redbox

The team members from the University of Newcastle were Vicki Picasso, Kai Chen, Dave Huthnance, Liam Lowe, Regev Bar, Richard Mar and Ruth Talbot-Stokes and also Mairead Stephens of Intersect.  The software development was carried out by QCIF.


University of Newcastle: Data Capture Project

posted 30 September 2013


The University of Newcastle has successfully completed its ANDS-funded 'Data Capture Project'.

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • Development of the web-based 'QUON' system which enables researchers to define and conduct surveys.  The system supports a range of survey question types, and supports definition of complex branching conditions so that participants’ navigation of the survey can be made dependent on previous responses. There is also support for portable hand-held devices as well as more traditional laptop and desktop computers.
  • Integration of the QUON system with the University of Newcastle ReDBox/Mint Metadata Store to enable the researcher to easily publish the existence of the survey dataset in Research Data Australia (RDA).
  • Registration of the Victoria Cancer Council Colorectal Cancer Survey research data collection in Research Data Australia.

A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

The software developed can be found at: http://code.google.com/p/quon/.

The project was led by Assistant Professor Frans Henskens.  Other team members from the university who worked on the project were Mr Mark Wallis, Dr David Paul, Dr Kim Nolan, Dr Monjurul Alom and Dr Claudia Koller


University of Queensland

University of Queensland: The Aquatic Species Tracking project (OZTrack)

The Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland: Linking the EMBL Australia Mirror with the Australian Research Data Commons

University of Queensland: Spatially Integrated Social Science

University of Queensland: Cancer Genomics Linkage Application

University of Queensland: Microscopy Image Repository (Mirage)

University of Queensland: Diffraction Image Experiment Repository (DIMER)

University of Queensland: 3D Anthropological and Archaeological Collection Repository

University of Queensland: UQ Data Collections Registry (UQ-DCR)

University of Queensland: Seeding the Commons

University of Queensland: Brain Mapping National Resource – TissueStack


University of Queensland: The Aquatic Species Tracking project (OZTrack)

posted 24 April 2012

The University of Queensland’s EcoLab has successfully completed the ANDS-funded data capture project: The Aquatic Species Tracking project (OZTrack).

This project is important to the conservation and management of native and feral species because it has delivered a platform that increases the understanding of animal behaviour. More specifically, the project has delivered:

  • A platform for capturing and managing acoustic array and satellite data which includes: animal location data (lat, long, depth) as well as biological data (body temp) and environmental data (water temperatures, river heights/tidal flows and salinities);
  • Open source software to enable the capture of animal movement data from multiple receiver arrays and its search, browse, retrieval and correlation with environmental, hydrological and oceanographic data;
  • The development of the ECO‐Lab’s data repository where metadata support fine‐grained, spatio‐temporal (GIS/timeline) discovery, decision‐support and reuse, as well as the ability to filter, compress and control the quality of data sets that are highly heterogeneous and often comprise millions of data points;
  • Collection descriptions as well as associated party and activity descriptions harvested via an OAI‐PMH interface and made visible through the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC).

Here is a link to the University of Queensland’s EcoLab: http://www.uq.edu.au/eco-lab/
Access to the data collections being generated by OZTrack is available through Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website

This project was jointly led by Professor Jane Hunter eResearch Lab School of ITEE and Professor Craig Franklin at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland. ANDS specifically acknowledges the efforts of Dr Hamish Campbell, Project Manager, Nigel Ward and software developer, Peggy Newman. This project has resulted in improved data management for your institution and for the Australian research community.


The Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland: Linking the EMBL Australia Mirror with the Australian Research Data Commons

posted 28 August 2012

The Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland (IMB) has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: “Linking the EMBL Australia Mirror with the Australian Research Data Commons”.

The key achievements of this project produced are:

  • identified DNA and protein datasets found in the global EMBL/EBI DNA and protein database that are from 13,000 Australian dwelling animals and plants (both native and introduced), and approximately 100 Australian research organisations
  • developed a tool to allow users of the YABI/Bioflow scientific workflow generator to publish descriptions of the re-usable workflows they have generated for use in high performance computing environments, in Research Data Australia
  • developed a tool to allow Bioplatforms Australia to publish and advertise descriptions of their framework genomic, proteomic and metabolomics datasets (that are of national importance in the fields of medicine, agriculture and the environment), to Research Data Australia

Links to the related data objects can be seen on Research Data Australia:

A description of the three sub-projects can be found on the ANDS website:

The software can be found at:

The project was led by Prof Mark Ragan at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland and managed by Dr Dominique Gorse at the Queensland Facility for Advanced Bioinformatics (QFAB).
The software development was carried out by QFAB.


University of Queensland: Spatially Integrated Social Science

Posted 10 January 2013

The Queensland Centre for Population Research and University of Queensland eResearch Lab has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project, “Spatially Integrated Social Science”.

Much of the data analysed by social scientists has an associated geographic location.  But integrating geographic information can involve complex and time-consuming processing.

This project reduces the burden of these tasks by developing online tools that allow researchers to quickly access rich Australian socio-spatial datasets related to voting outcomes and census data, conduct statistical modelling, and visualize spatial relationships in the data. 

The project has provided:

  • mediated access to the underlying data (researchers are encourages to contact the project team to discuss access);
  • open access to analysis tools through the Web portals;
  • publicity for the data by syndicating data descriptions to the UQ Data Collections Registry and ANDS Research Data Australia (RDA)
  • exposure to a variety of datasets in the social sciences, census and geographic domains.

There is a link to the project website at: http://itee.uq.edu.au/~eresearch/projects/ands/siss/
A description of the Variables derived from 2006 Census of Population & Housing and voting results at polling booth catchment level for 2007 Australian Federal Election can be seen in Research Data Australia
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website
The software developed can be found at: http://sourceforge.net/projects/andsdc4bproject/

This project was jointly led by Prof Jane Hunter, Project lead, UQ eResearch Group, Prof Bob Stimson, Project advisor, UQ School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, Prof Martin Bell, Project advisor, Queensland Centre for Population Research, Dr Tung-Kai (Paul) Shyy, Data analyst, Irfan Azeezullah, Software developer, Friska Pambudi, Software developer, Dr Nigel Ward, Project Manager.


University of Queensland: Cancer Genomics Linkage Application

Posted 4 July 2013

QFAB Bioinformatics at the University of Queensland has successfully completed the ANDS-funded Applications project: Cancer Genomics Linkage Application. 

This project set out to provide the ability for biologists and clinicians to easily integrate their own research data with datasets from multiple data sources.

The development of best practice workflows to integrate international datasets and to combine state-of-the-art analysis tools will enable Australian cancer researchers to accelerate their discovery processes and to be internationally competitive.

As a result of this project, the Cancer Genomics Linkage Application enables the in-depth interrogation of cancer genomic datasets and allows the comparison to other genomic datasets by providing research biologists and clinicians with direct access to them through the NeCTAR’s Genomics Virtual Lab (GVL). The key benefits to the Australian genomics community gained from this project are:

  • Integration of analysis tools, public and private datasets, and visualisation platforms: streamlining research and reducing time from experiment to publication
  • Enhanced collaboration between researchers and across the community through shared datasets, workflows and customised toolsets
  • Reproducibility and research provenance: workflow engines record all aspects of an experiment allowing for confidence in repeatability and for the publication of workflows along with the resulting data.
  • The application enables researchers to mint their workflows and datasets using Digital Object Identifier (DOI).

The journey towards this successful outcome can be followed at the project blog.

The software developed can be found at: http://code.google.com/p/ap27-cancer-genomics-linkage-app/
A description of the Genomics Virtual Laboratory service can be found on Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

The application was carried out by the QFAB team in close collaboration with Prof Andrew Biankin’s team at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and Prof Sean Grimmond’s group at the Queensland Centre for Medical Genomics.  

The project was led at QFAB by Dr Dominique Gorse, with the development team comprising of Dr Xin-Yi Chua as Development lead, Pierre-Alain Chaumeil and Anne Kunert as software developers.


University of Queensland: Microscopy Image Repository (Mirage)

Posted 9 July 2013

The eResearch Group at the University of Queensland has successfully completed its ANDS-funded project: Microscopy Image Repository (Mirage).

The Mirage system is now in production supporting 5 (out of 15) of CMM's major instruments, with plans to add most of the remaining instruments in 2013.  To date the system has ingested data produced by more than 100 different researchers, amounting to 30,000 datasets and 50GB of storage.

As a result of this project researchers using CMM facilities are now able to:

  • capture instrument metadata, and any available administrative metadata
  • transfer data from instruments into the Mirage repository
  • browse and reorganize their datasets in the repository
  • vew images or upload the files and process them
  • upload files produced by the analysis of their raw data.

There are currently four public/published ‘collections’ in the Mirage system syndicated to Research Data Australia.  Three of these datasets relate to materials used in fuel cells, and the fourth consists of unpublished images from the Winton-Belmot Meteorite. The data files for all collections are available under a CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 license.

This is a link to the Mirage Project website: http://www.itee.uq.edu.au/eresearch/projects/mirage
Mirage data collection on ANDS Research Data Australia from Dr Stephen Crawley’s page.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.
The Mirage project software is hosted on Github.com in the ‘UQ-CMM-Mirage’ project: https://github.com/UQ-CMM-Mirage.

ANDS specifically acknowledges the efforts of Prof Jane Hunter, Project Director, UQ eResearch Group, Prof John Drennan, Project Advisor, Centre for Microscopy & Microanalysis, Dr Stephen Crawley, eResearch Specialist, Centre for Microscopy & Microanalysis, Tim Dettrick, Software Developer, UQ eResearch Group, Dr Nigel Ward, Project Manager, UQ eResearch Group, as well as the support of Ron Rasch, Senior Scientific Officer, CMM, and Andrew Stark, Technical Officer, CMM.

The project has resulted in improved data management at UQ and for the Australian research community.


University of Queensland: Diffraction Image Experiment Repository (DIMER)

Posted 10 July 2013

The eResearch Group and the Structural Genomics Group at the University of Queensland have successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: 'DIMER - Diffraction Image Experiment Repository'.

DIMER fills the gap in publishing the outputs of X-ray crystallography studies alongside journal articles captured by PubMed and protein structures captured by the Protein Data Bank. Syndication of metadata from DIMER via ANDS Research Data Australia (RDA) makes these datasets accessible and discoverable online.

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • improved management of data at the institutional level, ensuring datasets are securely stored and backed-up
  • consistent storage of datasets in DIMER provides a better record of diffractometer usage than the previous system of users completing paper checklists
  • greater transparency by enabling publication of the raw data alongside the scientific experiments
  • publication of data collections in UQ DataSpace and ANDS RDA boosts the academic profile of researchers, making datasets discoverable
  • use of Creative Commons Attribution licensing means that datasets are available for use by the widest possible audience
  • automatic data capture provided by the DIMER File Monitor component means that users simply need to click a link in an email, rather than spending around 20 minutes to upload a dataset.

This is a link to the ANDS Diffraction Image Experiment Repository (DIMER) project online: http://www.itee.uq.edu.au/eresearch/projects/ands/dimer
The software developed can be found at: http://sourceforge.net/projects/dimer/
A description of the DIMER project and links to its data collections can be seen on Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

The project team included Prof Jane Hunter, Project Director, UQ eResearch Group; Prof Jenny Martin, Project Advisor, Institute for Molecular Bioscience; Prof Bostjan Kobe, Project Advisor, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences; Karl Byriel, Project Advisor, Institute for Molecular Bioscience; Simon McNaughton, Software Developer, UQ eResearch Group; Jonathan Ellis, Bioinformatician, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences; Charles Brooking, Project Manager, UQ eResearch Group; and Dr Nigel Ward, Project Manager, UQ eResearch Group.


University of Queensland: 3D Anthropological and Archaeological Collection Repository

Posted 10 July 2013

UQ eResearch Group and the Anthropology Museum at the University of Queensland have successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: '3D Anthropological and Archaeological Collection Repository'.

The key achievements this project produced are:


1.     The conversion of the UQ Anthropology Museum’s existing offline catalogue into an online catalogue containing around 30,000 web-accessible items - where there
are now:

    •    Metadata descriptions of (most) items in the museum’s collection
    •    Digital photographs of selected items (currently 1693 items)
    •    High-resolution 3D scans of selected items (currently 13 objects)
    •    Digital representations of documents associated with the collection

2.     Successful rationalisation of category and geographic classification schemes.
3.     A catalogue management interface to support the operations of the museum.
4.     Sub-collection descriptions syndicated to Research Data Australia.
 
This is a link to the Repository UQ Anthropology Museum’s online catalogue containing around 30,000 items: http://catalogue.anthropologymuseum.uq.edu.au
The source code for the software is available under a BSD license in the UQ eResearch Group GitHub repository: https://github.com/uq-eresearch/uqam
A description of the 3D scans can be seen in Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

This project was led by Prof Jane Hunter, Project Director, UQ eResearch Group. Team members included Dr Diana Young, Project Advisor, UQ Anthropology Museum; Camella Hardjo, Museum Registrar, UQ Anthropology Museum; Damien Ayers, Software Developer, UQ eResearch Group; and Dr Nigel Ward, Project Manager, UQ eResearch Group.


University of Queensland: UQ Data Collections Registry (UQ-DCR)

Posted 10 July 2013

The eResearch Lab, School of ITEE, at The University of Queensland has successfully completed the ANDS-funded institutional metadata store: 'UQ Data Collections Registry (UQ-DCR)'.

The UQ Data Collections Registry is an important part of the research infrastructure at The University of Queensland, because it helps support:

    •    Funding requirements for data publication as required by research funding bodies
    •    Reporting on research data activity at the university
    •    Implementing data management policies and best practice guidelines as recommended by the university
    •    Promoting the research profile of the university and its researchers, enabling citation of research data and collaboration between researchers.

This is a link to the UQ Data Collections Registry website: http://www.itee.uq.edu.au/eresearch/projects/ands/uq-dcr
A description of the project with contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

The project source codes and documentation are available on GitHub as 4 source code projects:

    •    Miletus – harvests and publishes metadata records https://github.com/uq-eresearch/miletus
    •    Thales –  is an editor for manually created metadata records https://github.com/uq-eresearch/thales
    •    ODS-SRU interface for Miletus to query https://github.com/uq-eresearch/ods-sru-interface
    •    Party tester for testing the behavior of the NLA Trove harvester https://github.com/uq-eresearch/miletus-partyTester

This project was led by Prof Jane Hunter, Project Managed by Dr Hoylen Sue, with software developed by Tim Dettrick.


University of Queensland: Seeding the Commons

Posted 17 July 2013

The eResearch Group at the University of Queensland has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: “Seeding the Commons.”

The key achievements this project produced are:

    1.    Research Data Management infrastructure at UQ with draft Data Management Policy;
    2.    Research data descriptions contributed to Research Data Australia and other discovery systems;
    3.    Significant contribution to the national discussion on research data management policy, practice and infrastructure.

This is a link to the Project website: http://www.itee.uq.edu.au/eresearch/projects/ands/stc/

The catalogue of the University of Queensland's research data assets produced by this project (formerly Dataspace) has now been migrated to The UQ Data Collections Registry: http://www.itee.uq.edu.au/eresearch/projects/ands/uq-dcr

A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

The source code for the software is available in the UQ eResearch Group GitHub repository: https://github.com/uq-eresearch/dataspace

ANDS specifically acknowledges the efforts of the eResearch Group at UQ led by Prof Jane Hunter with project management by Dr Nigel Ward, and software engineering by Abdul Alabri and Tim Dettrick. Significant contributors include Belinda Weaver and Heather Todd (UQ Library), Prof Alan Lawson, Dr Suzanne Morris (Office of DVC-Research), Vern Bawden (IT Services) as well as members of the Data Management Policy Reference Group.


University of Queensland: Brain mapping national resource – TissueStack

Posted 17 October 2013

The Centre for Advanced Imaging at The University of Queensland has successfully completed ANDS-funded project: Brain Mapping National Resource.

The project has developed a web-based 3D viewing system called 'TissueStack' for large imaging datasets with the traditional three perpendicular views of a single 3D object. 

The novelty of TissueStack lies in the ability to link to specific parts of the data, rapidly view and collaboratively annotate on very large 3D datasets via a web browser.  

As a result, the project has filled the current data sharing gap in research between those in imaging centres and laboratories who acquire high resolution data and those who use this data in their own research.  Research collaboration has been greatly enhanced through TissueStack by enabling  researchers around the world access and to annotate the same dataset from a cloud and from a convenient device – be it desktop, tablet or mobile phone.

TissueStack was originally designed for use in the 3D medical and scientific imaging field for data from 3D micro-CT, MRI and restacked histology data. The viewer has since been used for multiple datasets including museum samples, coal mining samples and electron microscopy data.

Researchers and partners can access TissueStack, which sits on QCIF Qcloud/RDSI storage.

TissueStack is open source software, its source code is available on GitHub. Please visit the project’s blog site for detailed system features and development log.

A description of TissueStack can be seen on Research Data Australia.

A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

The project was led by Dr Andrew Janke, lead developer Harald Waxenegger;  and team members Dr Meng-Kuan Lin, Oliver Nicolini, Dr Jeremy Ullmann, and Prof Graham Galloway.


University of South Australia

University of South Australia: Taking Australian Architectural and Built Environment Records into the Commons

University of South Australia: Development and testing of a data capture tool for instruments at the IWRI

University of South Australia: UniSA Research Metadata Store


University of South Australia: Taking Australian Architectural and Built Environment Records into the Commons

posted 24 August 2011

The University of South Australia has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: Taking Australian Architectural and Built Environment Records into the Commons.

The project was based at the Architecture Museum at the University of South Australia: http://www.unisa.edu.au/artarchitecturedesign/architecturemuseum/default.asp

It made metadata about the Architecture Museum's collections widely available online: http://www.metatecture.unisa.edu.au/public/

The Architecture Museum collections can also be seen on Research Data Australia.

The University of South Australia developed a system they called 'Metatecture' to facilitate the creation and publication of metadata. This software is available for download at the Sourceforge project site: http://sourceforge.net/projects/metatecture/

There is a description of the project, including contact details for the project team here.


University of South Australia: Development and testing of a data capture tool for instruments at the IWRI

posted 6 November 2013

The University of South Australia and the Ian Wark Research Institute (IWRI) have successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: 'Development and testing of a data capture tool for instruments at the IWRI'.

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • a new system to support the capture, search, and reporting of instrument experiment metadata for four of the IWRI instruments (NanoTOF, MasterSizer, QemScan and XPS)
  • the capacity for IWRI to track and charge accurately for instrument time, due to integration of the new system with the UniSA finance system
  • publication of records in the fields of nanotechnology, materials engineering, chemical sciences and physical chemistry in Research Data Australia.

A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

Some of the code developed during the project can be found at: http://code.google.com/p/mytardis/

Technical development work on the project was led by Angelica Healey from University of South Australia Information Strategy and Technology Services, with input from Steven Manuel and Zakir Hossain. Efforts around metadata were led by Glynn Stringer from Research and Innovation Services, with support from Melanie Batingal. Work within the IWRI was undertaken by Philip Moore, Andrew C Robinson, and John Denman.


University of South Australia: UniSA Research Metadata Store

posted 19 November 2013


The University of South Australia has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: 'UniSA Research Metadata Store.'

The project was directed by UniSA's central IT unit in close collaboration with the Library and Research units. The resulting system enables creation of complete, high quality, compliant and accessible metadata to describe UniSA's research data and activities. The system facilitates ongoing contributions to Research Data Australia, allowing discovery, reporting and reuse of UniSA's research data.

UniSA has contributed a number of features to ReDBox and Mint in open source.

  • Custom fields:
    • abbreviated title
    • alternative title
    • electronic address
    • physical address
  • Provision to add multiple instances of the following elements:
    • description
    • electronic location
    • physical location
    • date coverage
    • time period
    • access rights / licensing.
  • Provision to add external collaborators (e.g. from other universities) and their associated NLA identifiers.
  • Provision to add related activities to a collection using the existing lookup functionality.
  • Provision to enter:
    • full citation
    • citation metadata
  • Addition of a confirmation message when deleting a record.
  • Help text added and displayed for each tab.
  • Additional security added for all party records (private v public), which restricts the appearance of the record in the OAI-PMH feed.
  • Display of the researcher's full name (concatenated first and last names) in activity records (when the research already has a party record).

The relevant software can be found at:

UniSA data collections can be seen in Research Data Australia.

A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

This project was led by Tony Dalwood and Angelica Healey, with key development work from Zakir Hossein and James Moyon.


University of Southern Queensland

University of Southern Queensland: 'Creation of a Research Data Management Framework'


University of Southern Queensland: 'Creation of a Research Data Management Framework'

posted 4 December 2013

The University of Southern Queensland has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: “Creation of a Research Data Management Framework”.

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • Draft Data Management policy
  • Trials of policy with three research groups
  • Data Management Plan template for Researchers
  • Interviews with Researchers about attitudes to data management
  • Recommendation of a Metadata management system to Steering Committee
  • Automated system to feed data descriptions to the national data discovery service, Research Data Australia
  • At least 16 descriptions of research data collections sent to Research Data Australia.

A description of the USQ data collections can be seen on Research Data Australia. 

A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

The project was led by Ms Jacqueline Blake. 


University of Sydney

University of Sydney: ExSite9:  Field Research Data Capture System

University of Sydney: Seeding the Commons


University of Sydney: ExSite9 - Field Research Data Capture System

posted 12 April 2013

The University of Sydney has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: “ExSite9:  Field Research Data Capture System”.

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • The creation of a lightweight and self-contained desktop application enabling field-based linguistics and ethno-musicological researchers to:
    • organise file-based information from a multitude of sources including digital cameras, video and sound recording equipment, scanned documents, files from transcription and annotation software, spreadsheets and field notes.
    • annotate their multimedia files quickly with collection and item level metadata using their own or a common vocabulary and do this on diverse types of computers and operating systems
    • easily bundle the metadata into a submission package that can be transferred into a digital metadata repository that will enhance management and discoverability of the data
  • The registering in Research Data Australia of 177 collections from the Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures – PARADISEC (which is supported by the University of Sydney).

A description of each the collections by this project can be seen at Research Data Australia 
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website
The software developed can be found at: https://github.com/IntersectAustralia/exsite9.

The team members from the University of Sydney were Associate Professor Linda Barwick and Amanda Harris.  The team members from the University of Melbourne were Dr Nick Theiberger and Aidan Wilson.  The software development was carried out by Intersect Australia Limited.


University of Sydney: Seeding the Commons

posted 26 July 2013

The University of Sydney has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: “Seeding the Commons".

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • The project created plain language, authoritative, information and training material about research data management for researchers and research support staff.  This included a Data Management Planning Checklist (pdf, 755kb) and extensive web-based material.
  • Standards and tools were developed to assist researchers to describe and publicise their research collections.
  • A strong collaborative partnership was established between the Research Portfolio, Library and ICT enabling a unified approach to the delivery of research data support services to researchers across the institution. 
  • 35 Faculty Liaison Librarians were trained in research data management, significantly improving the capability of the Library to support researchers’ data management needs across all faculties.
  • The development of robust partnerships across institutional units to support and promote research data management and the establishment of ongoing forums for continued communication and collaboration across the institution.
  • The registering in Research Data Australia of 65 collections.  The collections cover a wide range of disciplines and areas including Chemical Sciences, Earth Sciences, Biological Sciences, Technology, Medical and Health Sciences, Built Environment and Design, Education, Studies in Human Society, Law and Legal Studies, Studies in Creative Arts and Writing, Language, Communication and Culture, History and Archaeology, Philosophy and Religious Studies.

A description of each of the collections can be viewed in Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

The Seeding the Commons project team members at The University of Sydney were Belinda Norman (Project Manager and Research Data Management Coordinator), Kate Stanton (Research Data Management Coordinator) and Rowan Brownlee (Digital Project Analyst and project oversight).


University of Tasmania

University of Tasmania: Publication of Collections into RDA by TPAC and IMAS of UTAS

University of Tasmania: Data Capture of Statewide Hydrological Datasets

University of Tasmania: Research Data Discovery Service

University of Tasmania: Marine Virtual Laboratory Information System (MARVLIS)


University of Tasmania: Publication of Collections into RDA by TPAC and IMAS of UTAS

posted 23 April 2012

The Tasmanian Partnership for Advanced Computing (TPAC) and Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) at University of Tasmania have successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: Publication of Collections into RDA by TPAC and IMAS of UTAS.

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • Described the entire set of marine research data within the TPAC digital library using RIF-CS. The RIF-CS records are stored on TPAC site in a metadata store; an OAI-PHM harvesting has been set up to feed the RIF-CS records into ARDC from the TPAC meta-data store.
  • Discovered and described IMAS/TAFI (Tasmania Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute) marine research community data using RIF-CS. The descriptions were stored in the IMOS Geo-Network MEST, and harvested published to RDA (Research Data Australia).
  • Created Web software tool(s) and services to allow users to create, store and manage research data collections along with their metadata descriptions, persistent identifiers and digital object identifiers.
  • Developed and delivered internal training programs and resources for research data management for both TPAC and IMAS/TAFI data collections, and set up long term policies for research data management.  This results in improved support for researchers and research students regarding management of research data.

This is a link to the IMAS marine data sets online. Descriptions of the IMAS data collections can be seen on Research Data Australia
This is a link to the TPAC Oceans and Climate Digital Library Portal. Descriptions of the TPAC data collections can be seen on Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website
The IMAS/TPAC data management policy is available here

This project was jointly led by Dr. Peter Blain (TPAC) and Mr. Peter Walsh (IMAS), with excellent contributions from Dr. Natalia Atkins and Dr. Paola Petrelli on describing data collections in RIF-CS, and Ming Fu and Matthew Armsby on software development.


University of Tasmania: Data Capture of Statewide Hydrological Datasets

posted 18 September 2012

The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: “Data Capture of Statewide Hydrological Datasets.”

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • Made data from the CSIRO and Forestry Tasmania sensor webs, with particular emphasis on the South Esk region, is now exposed by two sensor observation services (SOS) serving twenty five sensors, a THREDDS server and providing forecast data.
  • Developed a sensor observation service (SOS) client that consumes metadata provided by the South Esk Sensor Webs.
  • Developed an application solution which enables automated daily publication of GeoNetwork's SOS metadata in RIF-CS format in Research Data Australia

This is a link to the software developed, which is available online here.
A description of the data collections can be seen on Research Data Australia
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website

This project was led by Prof. Mike Coffin at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania, and was managed by Brendan Davey & Peter Blain.


University of Tasmania: Research Data Discovery Service

posted 24 July 2013

The University of Tasmania has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: “Research Data Discovery Service”.

The project has delivered a single focal point for all University of Tasmania’s research outputs within the University’s existing Library Information Resources.

The ANDS Metadata Stores project has expanded the capability of the Library to manage a whole range of researchers’ needs at the University. It has filled the gap in providing a mechanism for all researchers (working on small to large projects within any discipline) to be able to store, manage and disseminate their research collections and data to a wider audience.

A description of the University of Tasmania’s data collections can be seen on Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.
The software developed can be found at: https://github.com/UTAS-Library/Research-Data-Discovery-Service.

This project was led by Mr Jon Hurn, IT Project Manager. The software development was carried out in conjunction with the ReDBox Research Data community.


University of Tasmania: Marine Virtual Laboratory Information System (MARVLIS)

posted 11 December 2013

The University of Tasmania has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: 'Marine Virtual Laboratory Information System (MARVLIS)'.

This project set out to demonstrate the value of data combination and reuse in the marine and climate sciences.

MARVLIS contains a suite of tools creating value-added products from model and observational data which can be either used by themselves, or used as a ‘plug-in’ library to the NeCTAR-funded Marine Virtual Laboratory (MARVL), thereby giving MARVL a ready-made library of software tools which can easily be integrated into the framework. This means MARVL can now offer new features unplanned in the original project.

As a result of this project, the researchers at IMOS, and other users, are now able to:

  • access local data, both visually and digitally. For example, the community now has the opportunity to compare their local beach/bay with its neighbours and to understand the long term state and impact of rainfall.
  • conduct online experiments regarding water mass movement in the estuary and the impact these movements may have on the water properties at any specific site – a feature of great interest to the aquaculture industries and the environment agency monitoring their activities.

The journey towards this successful outcome can be followed at http://marvlis.blogspot.com.au/.
The production software can be accessed and used at http://marvlis.aodn.org.au/marvlis/.
The software developed (software development was carried out by IMOS) can be found at https://code.google.com/p/marine-virtual-laboratory-information-system/.
A description of the resulting service can be seen in Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

This project was led by Mr Brendan Davey, University of Tasmania.


University of Technology Sydney

University of Technology Sydney: SC17 Community tools and processes for effective data management planning

University of Technology Sydney: UTS Metadata Stores


University of Technology Sydney: SC17 Community tools and processes for effective data management planning

posted 23 August 2012

University of Technology Sydney Library has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: “SC17 Community tools and processes for effective data management planning”

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • Seeding the Commons pilot project report
  • ‘Supporting eResearch at UTS’ document
  • VC’s Directive on Research Data Management (currently going through consultation process)
  • protocols for Data Reuse (ATSIDA protocols)
  • report on the review of discipline data archives, which resulted in an online directory of data archives being made available on the UTS Library website
  • guide to Social Sciences Archives
  • an online data management planning checklist and related links/online help
  • data management planning guidelines
  • strategy for the retrospective ingestion of records into RDA
  • a communication strategy

A description of the MPPDA data collection can be seen on Research Data Australia 
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website

Gabrielle Gardiner and Elizabeth Litting at the University of Technology Sydney, University Library, jointly led this project.


University of Technology Sydney: UTS Metadata Stores

posted 21 March 2014


The University of Technology, Sydney has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: UTS Metadata Stores.

The key achievements of this project are:

  • raising the profile of research data management and initiating change towards an Open Research Data culture; providing an impetus for data quality improvement and inaugurating a period of more efficient research by managing research data as an asset
  • facilitating research data governance by maintaining an accessible catalogue of research data that supports confidentiality and privacy requirements, enabling researchers and UTS to locate and manage research data during and after project life cycles
  • enabling researchers to share their data for reuse by other researchers via Research Data Australia, encouraging new forms of research collaboration.

A description of the UTS data collections can be seen on Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website and research data repository.
The software overview can be found at:

This project was led by Mr Michael Lynch and Ms Sharyn Wise, eResearch Support Group, Information Technology Group, in collaboration with an eResearch Steering Committee, UTS Library, researchers and Research Office and Intersect representatives. The software development was carried out in conjunction with Intersect, in cooperation with the ReDBox Research Data community, particularly QCIF.


University of Western Australia

University of Western Australia: Deployment and configuration of an institutional metadata repository; Archaeology rock art data capture; Marine ecology video capture and storage; Integrated data capture for characterisation and analysis

University of Western Australia: Research data registry

University of Western Australia: UWA Metadata Stores Project

University of Western Australia: Positive Places – Spatial Analysis of Public Open Space

University of Western Australia: Deployment and configuration of an institutional metadata repository; Archaeology rock art data capture; Marine ecology video capture and storage; Integrated data capture for characterisation and analysis

posted 29 July 2013

The University of Western Australia has successfully completed the following ANDS-funded projects:

  • Deployment and configuration of an institutional metadata repository
  • Archaeology rock art data capture
  • Marine ecology video capture and storage
  • Integrated data capture for characterisation and analysis.

The key achievements these projects produced are:

  • A suite of applications that allow researchers to capture metadata about their research data and publish it to an institutional metadata store and Research Data Australia. The applications allow the publishing of research data for the fields of archaeology, marine ecology and microscopy and characterisation, while also linking contextual information about research grants, and the associated researchers.  
  • Descriptions of high profile University of Western Australia datasets published to Research Data Australia.

You can see collections from UWA at the following location on Research Data Australia.

The software developed can be found at: http://sourceforge.net/projects/uwaandsvivoproj/

More information about the projects can be found here:

ANDS specifically acknowledges the efforts of Rebecca Ostergaard, Gavin Gonsal, Katina Toufexis, Mary White and Toby Burrows. All who have dedicated a significant amount of work to the projects, as well as championing research data management within the University of Western Australia.  

We anticipate ongoing success in data management, publication and reuse at the University.


University of Western Australia: Research data registry

posted 10 September 2013

The University of Western Australia has successfully completed ANDS-funded project: 'Building a research data registry for the University of Western Australia'.

The key achievements this project produced were:

  • 50 descriptions of high profile University of Western Australia datasets published to Research Data Australia, in the areas of archaeology, marine ecology and microscopy and characterisation.
  • Guidelines and training materials for research data management at the University of Western Australia.
  • An active outreach and liaison program for research data management.  

Outputs from the project can be found in Research Data Australia in two locations:

More information about the project can be found on the ANDS website.

ANDS specifically acknowledges the efforts of Katina Toufexis, Toby Burrows and Mary Davies who all championed research data management within the University of Western Australia.
 
We anticipate ongoing success in data management, publication and reuse at the university.


University of Western Australia: UWA Metadata Stores Project

posted 4 December 2013

The University of Western Australia has successfully completed its ANDS-funded project: 'UWA Metadata Stores Project'.

The key achievements this project produced are:

  • An organisation-wide metadata store based on VIVO that integrates information about research datasets, researchers and research grants.
  • Integration of the metadata store with the National Library of Australia party service.
  • The ability to expose metadata in linked data formats.
  • Integration with the ANDS Digital Object Identifier service, which allows DOIs to be minted and cited for research datasets at UWA.
  • The ability to manage the research data lifecycle through upload, embargo, publishing and licensing of research data.

The UWA metadata store can be located at: https://researchhub.research.uwa.edu.au/vivo/
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.
A description of the related data collections can be seen on Research Data Australia at http://researchdata.ands.org.au/search#!/group=The%20University%20of%20Western%20Australia and
http://researchdata.ands.org.au/search#!/group=University%20of%20Western%20Australia

ANDS specifically acknowledges the efforts of Rebecca Ostergaard, Gavin Gonsal, Katina Toufexis, Mary White and Toby Burrows.


University of Western Australia: Positive Places – Spatial Analysis of Public Open Space

posted 31 January 2014

The Centre for the Built Environment and Health based at the University of Western Australia's School of Population Health has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: 'Positive Places: Spatial Analysis of Public Open Space'.  

The project set out to provide a web-based data integration and exploration tool to provide information on the provision and location of public open space (POS) and the facilities and amenities provided within parks across Perth and Peel.

The project has successfully launched a web-based portal, the POS tool.  In November 2013, the tool won the 'Best Planning Ideas – Large Project Award' at the 2013 Planning Institute of Australia's Western Australian Awards for Planning Excellence.

The POS Tool enables users to visualise, interrogate and analyse the distribution of parks across Perth and the Peel region. A range of communities will benefit from the POS Tool, in particular:

  • Researchers: For the first time, the POS Tool provides researchers the opportunity to access, assess and export up-to-date POS related data for use in research analysis. Output from the POS Tool can be combined with other datasets (such as census, health outcomes, housing, employment and other economic data) to support new opportunities in research.
  • Government agencies, urban planners, land developers and property industries: The POS Tool enables better planning of land allocation and site location of POS as well as the allocation of POS amenities relative to existing local services. Furthermore, the POS Tool provides planners the opportunity to model future POS needs according to forecast and hypothetical demographic and population changes.
  • Community: The POS Tool offers a simple approach to finding consistent, up-to-date park information across the Perth metropolitan region.

The journey towards this successful outcome can be followed on the project blog.
The software developed can be found at: http://code.google.com/p/positive-places/
Descriptions of a suite of the POS services can be found in Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

ANDS would like to congratulate each project team member, including: Prof Fiona Bull,  A/Prof Bryan Boruff , Mrs Bridget Beesley and Dr Paula Hopper. ANDS also congratulates GAIA Resources, who undertook the software development.


University of Western Sydney

University of Western Sydney: Seeding the Commons

University of Western Sydney: Metadata Stores

University of Western Sydney: Climate Change and Energy Research Facilities


University of Western Sydney: UWS Seeding the Commons Project

posted 06 March 2013

The University of Western Sydney Library has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: “UWS Seeding the Commons Project”. The key achievements of this project are:

  • Establishment of project related teams and collaboration with key units
  • Engagement with all UWS stakeholders to create feeling of project ownership to ensure greater participation as the project moves to business as usual in 2013
  • The Research Data Catalogue which is a new offering from the Library and enables archiving and reuse of research data
  • Communication to  researchers  about data management via the Office of Research Services and eResearch websites,  regarding the Research Data Catalogue and the broader strategy for the university.
  • 21 records have been created for the project.
  • The collections cover a wide range of disciplines and areas including education, cultural studies, political science, historical studies, museum studies, music, psychology, medicine, clinical sciences, environmental chemistry, social and cultural geography, race and ethnic relations, urban and regional planning, urban policy, natural resource management, studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander society, film, television and digital media, etc.
  • The collections represent a wide range of  research output and each has made a contribution of new knowledge or understanding to their respective fields. Sharing the collections on Research Data Australia is not only an excellent showcase of the University’s research achievement; it also provides significant collaboration opportunities for researchers both nationally and internationally.
  • Of the 18 collections, 3 provide open access under Creative Commons licence, 5 provide open access without specific licences, and the others offer mediated or restricted access.
  • eResearch blog: On completion of this project we will post a summary, and explain how the metadata stores project and Research Data Repository projects will build on this

A strategy that came out of this project and was of interest to others was http://metadata-stores.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/researcher-participation-clever.html

The UWS data collection can be seen on Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website

The Seeding the Commons project team at UWS was Robyn Benjamin, Interim University Librarian.  Euwe Ermita, Project Manager and Library Systems Manager.  Susan Robbins, Research Services Coordinator.  Ping Li, Metadata Librarian.  Di Dougall, Manager, Information Resources.  Amar Rangasamy, Library Systems Officer.  Amir Rezghian, Online Services Coordinator.


University of Western Sydney: Metadata Stores

posted 22 July 2013

University of Western Sydney has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: “UWS Metadata Stores”.

Through the successful implementation of ReDBox UWS now has the ability to:
•    manage descriptions of data collections held at the institution
•    enable discovery and reuse of data collections held at the institution
•    support strategic planning for research in the institution
•    ensure high quality of metadata.

The project has allowed UWS to improve management, security, availability, visibility and reuse of UWS research data by:
•    selecting researchers and facilitating the inclusion of their data and metadata into the metadata store (building on the SC20 process)
•    Further developed ReDBox with additional features and documentation
•    setting forth guidelines and checklists which will facilitate responsible data planning to include its availability for reuse.

The project involved researchers from:
•    Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment
•    Marcs Institute – researching brain, behaviour, and computation
•    Institute for Infrastructure Engineering
•    School of Computing, Engineering, and Mathematics.

A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

The software developed to expand ReDBox is available:
Fascinator related changes - https://github.com/uws-eresearch/the-fascinator/tree/mint
CSV harvester changes - https://github.com/uws-eresearch/plugin-harvester-csv

The project team members were: Toby O’Hara, Euwe Ermita, Susan Robbins, Ping Li, Di Dougall, Amar Rangasamy, Amir Rezghian, and Lloyd Harischandra.


University of Western Sydney: Climate Change and Energy Research Facilities

posted 30 September 2013


The University of Western Sydney has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: 'Climate Change and Energy Research Facilities'.

The project has delivered “the HIEv” application to HIE (Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment) users. The HIEv went live in January 2013.

The primary data challenge faced by the Hawkesbury Institute  for the Environment was one of data security, with a very real risk of data loss which would not be discovered until the data was to be used, possibly months after it was mislaid. The secondary problem was how to organise data so that it could be added to UWS’ Research Data Repository and subsequently shared.

Here is some information about the application:

  • The application currently has 1,100 files captured and 16GB of data.
  • There are six facilities, expanding from the initial three, and 29 experiments that are producing data.
  • There are currently five field PCs deployed which have been configured to capture the sensor data.
  • 120 files are automatically uploaded nightly and the database is growing by about 1GB per week.
  • There are 25 users of the system, many of these being researchers who are self-servicing to obtain the research data they need, and this is growing by about one user per week.
  • 30 data collections have been published to Research Data Australia. The data is currently available by mediated access, but this is likely to become open access over time.
  • The HIEv has been adopted as HIE’s primary research data capture application.
  • Has developed the data architecture and associated software systems to automatically capture data and metadata from HIE facilities and instruments into a centralized hub, called the HIEv.

A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

The software developed is available.

Collection records published by this project are available on Research Data Australia.

The project team members were: Peter Sefton, Peter Bugeia (Intersect Australia Ltd), Euwe Ermita (UWS Library) and staff of the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment.


University of Wollongong

University of Wollongong: Identifying and locating UOW data sets

posted 25 September 2011

The University of Wollongong has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: "Identifying and locating UOW data sets to seed the Australian Research Data Commons and the development of a supporting research data management policy"

This project formed an important component of the "DataWise" strategic project. The key achievements and outcomes this Seeding the Commons project produced are:

  • 35 collections loaded to RDA from UOW. These were identified from Australian Competitive Grants from 2005-2010. There are 404 successful ACGs which contained potential data collections.
  • Temporary infrastructure of project registration, metadata collection and data storage have been established.
  • To ensure the continuation of the benefits from the ANDS Seeding the Commons Project, a Data Management framework has been developed at UOW.
  • Draft Data Management Guidelines have been prepared.
  • Policy document written: "Persistent Identifiers for UOW objects used to populate Research Data Australia". This covers keys and object IDs.

This is a link to the project page at University of Wollongong eResearch website.
The data collections can be seen on Research Data Australia.

This project was managed by Matthew Perry and the project work was carried out by Carolyn Norris and Elaine Gully. Their contact details are here


Victoria University

Victoria University: Research Data Framework

posted 26 July 2013

The Office for Research at Victoria University has successfully completed the ANDS-funded project: “Research Data Framework”.

The key achievements this project produced are:

    •    an Institutional Research Data Management Policy and Implementation Plan
    •    an education program for research active staff and students, including online videos
    •    an Institutional Metadata Repository tool to upload dataset metadata to Research Data Australia
    •    40 datasets descriptions (RIF-CS) to Research Data Australia.

This is a link to the open source Repository tool online: https://github.com/lylewinton/VUANDS100
Video resources can be found here: http://vimeo.com/user11019900
A description of the Victoria University data collections can be seen on Research Data Australia.
A description of the project and contact information can be found on the ANDS website.

This project was led by Dr Lyle Winton and Ms Terry Dentry at the Office for Research at Victoria University. The software development was carried with assistance from Mr Cyrus Keong, Versi.