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Monica Omodei, Australian National Data Service; Policy-based Data Management; RDAP11 Summit

The 2nd Research Data Access and Preservation (RDAP) Summit
An ASIS&T Summit
March 31-April 1, 2011 Denver, CO
In cooperation with the Coalition for Networked Information



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  • Gumboots for the Data Deluge 12/2/2010
  • Gumboots for the Data Deluge 12/2/2010 07/29/09 Probably at maximum staffing levels now (50) with most staff in Melbourne and Canberra Offices and outreach staff in state capitals Bu the majority of the activity is done by via contracts with many research institutions around the country.
  • August 2009 Introduction to ANDS Services It is not anticipated that many researchers will use these ANDS services directly. These services are aimed at people who we call “ professional intermediaries ” , who will end up being given responsibility for putting research data into the commons: repository managers, subject and data librarians, IT support staff, Archivists, Staff working in research offices or eResearch centres, Support staff for Research Groups, Schools, Faculties, Departments
  • August 2009 Introduction to ANDS Services
  • For the moment DOI and vocabs have no partners (ANDS filling the breach)

Monica Omodei RDAP11 Policy-based Data Management; Monica Omodei RDAP11 Policy-based Data Management; Presentation Transcript

  • Making Connections Research Data Access and Preservation Summit 2011 Monica Omodei Senior Research Analyst [email_address]
  • What is the Australian National Data Service?
    • Mission: ‘ More researchers sharing and re-using data more often ’
    • Term and funding:
      • Initially July 2008 - June 2011 with funding from National Collaborative Research Investment Strategy (NCRIS)
      • Additional funding from the Education Investment Fund (EIF) Super Science Initiative (infrastructure only)
      • Term extended to June 2013
    • A collaboration between Monash University, Australian National University and CSIRO
  • What we are not
    • We are not a data repository/archive (in spite of our name)
    • We do not include publications in our registry (but we do support linking to publications)
    • We do not duplicate the rich services provided by discipline-specific registries
    • An ongoing or legal entity
  • ANDS enables the transformation of:
  • Purpose of ANDS Services
    • To support the Australian Research Data Commons
    • To assist researchers
      • discover and re-use data relevant to their activities
      • make their data available for re-use
    • To assist research institutions and agencies manage and publish their research data
    • To assist government agencies to publish their operational data for use by researchers
    • To assist cultural and memory institutions publish their collections for use by researchers
  • Strategy – Internal Projects
    • Core Infrastructure
      • ANDS Registry
      • Research Data Australia Discovery Service
      • DOI Minting Service
      • Vocabulary Service
    • Policy work
    • Capability building
    • Outreach activities
  • External Projects
    • 120+ projects with 30+ Australian universities – to enhance current systems feed ANDS registry
    • Projects to develop insitutional repository/registry solutions for Research Data
    • Software tools for data integration, synthesis and analysis to demonstrate how different data sets can be combined to enable new research
    • With national agencies to build persistent identification services (name authorities) for researchers, research projects, locations, vocabularies
  • Interoperability Strategy (schema level)
    • Develop information model for an inter-disciplinary registry of data collections (not lossless)
    • Develop and promote the exchange schema to our constituency
    • Develop cross-walks for common schema used for datasets eg ISO19115, DDI
    • Have sandbox for testing and QA of first data feeds
  • Plumbing
    • Information Model - subset of ISO2146-2010 Registry Services for Libraries and Related Organisations
    • Schema Implementation – RIF-CS (Registry Interchange Format – Collections and Services)
    • ANDS Registry – developed in-house
    • Research Data Australia Portal – discovery application currently being redeveloped (solr/lucene)
    • ISO 2146 is:
    • A framework for building registry services
    • A very abstract model
    • An object -oriented, relational model
    • Describes not just collections but also the researchers and research activities that surround and are linked to a research data collection – the ‘mesh’
  • ISO2146
  • Interoperability Strategy (services)
    • Develop harvesting framework which provides data contributors with flexibility and control
    • OAI-PMH preferred but not required
    • Open ANDS registry content using standard harvest, query and syndicate protocols and schema
    • Push our content to Google
  • Interoperability Strategy – Concepts/Entities
    • Data Connections Strategy
    • “ To enable data to be more easily connected with other data and with the broader research enterprise ”
    • Establish a set of infrastructure elements to promote use of shared concepts and entities:
    • Exploit these elements in the national discovery portal to group datasets with common concepts/entities – serendipitous discovery
  • Common concepts and entities
    • Researchers and Research Organisations
    • Research Projects and Programs
    • Spatial Location
    • Research Disciplines
    • Scientific and Scholarly Terminlogy
    • Datasets and scholarly articles
  • Partners for Infrastructure
    • Whenever possible, recurrently funded organisations with mandates to ensure sustainability:
    • Office of Spatial Data Management ( location )
    • Research Funding Bodies ( research activity )
    • National Library of Australia ( people and organisations )
    • Australian Bureau of Statistics ( research fields - ANZSRC )
    • Scholarly Societies ( terminologies )
  • Data Connections Data Connections
  • Researchers and Research Groups
    • Partner is National Library of Australia
    • Already supports a Name Authority service for Australian National Bibliography
    • Public identifier for the researchers public persona – many researchers have NLA identifiers already
    • Already supports an aggregation service for contributors of information about Australian people and organisations
    • Brokerage to other id systems (VIAF,ORCID)
  • What’s hard ?
    • Cleaning data in institutional systems so they use common unique persistent keys for researchers, research groups, research projects
    • Research Management Systems and HR systems are usually proprietary, and without APIs
    • Name authority issue often ignored in IR practice
    • National Name Authority Files have poor coverage of science researchers
    • Library or admin staff resources in Universities will be required for identity matching
  • Research Activity Infrastructure
    • Partners are major funding bodies – Australian Research Council, National Health and Medical Research Council
    • Web service information systems for grants
    • Identifiers, definitive information, Linked Data URIs
    • Status: Concept design phase…(CERIF, VIVO)
    • In principle agreement
  • Location Infrastructure
    • Partner - Office of Spatial Data Management
    • First data set is Gazetteer of Australia 2.0 which is the combined set of place names with centroid point location from all States and Territories
    • Now available freely and without charge
  • Location Infrastructure
    • Coming soon:
    • WFS-G interface to Gazetteer (Open Geospatial Consortium Gazetteer Profile of Web Feature Service - WFS 1.1 protocol and GML 3.1 binding)
    • Best practice web spatial search and browse interface of Gazetteer
    • Stage 2: boundaries, marine, historical, indigenous, crowd sourcing
  • Field of Research Infrastructure
    • Partner - Australian Bureau of Statistics
    • Web service information publication of the official Australia New Zealand Standard Research Classifications
    • Identifiers, definitive information, URIs
    • Potential for other classifiers
    • In principle agreement
  • Terminology/Vocabulary Infrastructure
    • A set of online services to support the creation, management, and publication of human and machine-readable terminologies for use by the Australian research and higher education sector
    • Promotes the use of standardised terminology in data and dataset descriptions to enable data integration within and across disciplines
    • Executive Director: [email_address]
    ANDS is supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy Program and the Education Investment Fund (EIF) Super Science Initiative
  • More Information
    • (About ANDS)
    • (Data Management for Researchers)
    • (Creative Commons and Data)
    • (Research Data Australia)
    • (Content Providers Guide)
    • (Technical Resources)
  • More Information
    • (ANDS guide will be published soon)
    • (ARDC Party Infrastructure Awareness Guide)
    • (ARDC Location Infrastructure)
    • (ARDC Activity Infrastructure Awareness Guide)