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  • August 2009 Introduction to ANDS Services Introduce self If appropriate tell people where toilets are, afternoon tea etc. Before the presentation starts, open browser and open tabs for: The ANDS Collections Registry: The demo version of the Services site: The global handle resolver:


  • 1. The ANDS “Identify My Data” service and related issues Andrew Treloar, ANDS JISC Research Identifier Workshop 3 Feb 2010, London
  • 2. Australian National Data Service (ANDS)
    • An initiative of the Australian Government being conducted as part of the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy ($A24M) and the Super Science Initiative ($A48M)
    • A collaboration between Monash University, the Australian National University and CSIRO
    • Operations nodes in Melbourne, Canberra, and elsewhere
    • About 40 staff, and growing
  • 3. What does ANDS do?
    • Establish the Australian Research Data Commons
      • A shared data space
      • Collaborative research
      • Distributed model
      • Data stewardship
      • Interoperability and access
    • Vision: ‘More researchers re-using more data more often’
  • 4. Australian Research Data Commons
  • 5. Why make data public?
    • Funding guidelines
      • publicly funded research
      • avoid duplication
      • encourage re-use
    • Open research
      • verification of claims
      • available for re-analysis
    • Longitudinal studies
    • Collaboration, mash-ups, linking data…
  • 6. Publishing Data Benefits
    • Acknowledgement for the creator/ publisher
    • Stable part of scholarly communication
  • 7. Publishing and Scholarly Comm’n
    • Registration (to resolve questions of precedence)
    • Certification (of the validity of a scholarly claim)
    • Awareness (to ensure that scholars are kept aware of new work)
    • Archiving (to preserve the scholarly record over time)
    • Rewarding (for measured performance according to discipline or system-specific metrics)
    • Roosendaal, H., and Geurts, P. 1997, ‘Forces and functions in scientific communication: an analysis of their interplay’, Cooperative Research Information Systems in Physics , August 31—September 4, Oldenburg, Germany.
  • 8. Data and Publications
    • Traditionally data has been a means to generate a publication (or part of it)
    • ANDS wants to see data as a first class object, with equal (but different) status
  • 9. ANDS Data Sharing Verbs
    • Create
    • Store
    • Describe
    • Register
    • Identify
    • Discover
    • Access
    • Exploit
    research group data facility group consumer group
  • 10. Create Store Describe Register Identify Discover Access Exploit Monolithic eResearch or Repository Application
  • 11.
    • Identify My Data – allocate a persistent identifier
    • Register My Data – register a public collection description with contextual information
    • Research Data Australia – discover browse, explore a mesh of data collections and the people, research organisations, and services
    • Publish My Data – the lot!
    Describe Register Identify Discover
  • 12. ANDS Services
    • Online
      • Available to users on the Web
    • Web services
      • Designed for machine-to-machine transactions
  • 13. ANDS Identify my Data
    • Allows researchers or their organisations to allocate persistent identifiers to datasets.
    • Why?
      • What happens to the published references to your datasets when your Department changes name?
      • Or your data store software completely changes platforms?
      • Or your webserver re-arranges its directory hierarchy?
  • 14. What is a persistent identifier?
    • A URL says where something is
    • Problem if the thing is moved: need to tell everyone
    • A PID says where to look for where the location of the thing is written
    • ANDS provides a place to write that location
    • Now if the thing moves, the PID stays the same, and the location only has to be updated in one place
  • 15. Four kinds of persistence
    • identifier
      • text string – won’t expire
    • resolution
      • ability to get from identifier to object
    • binding/mapping
      • relationship between identifier and object
    • object
      • in its storage system
  • 16. Managing persistent identifiers
    • If one has a PID, someone has to manage it.
    • ANDS provides the infrastructure to enable machines/people to update the location information when data is moved
    • NOTE: Software is not a solution to the human problem, or the need for ongoing responsibility for PIDS
  • 17.
  • 18. Nuts and Bolts
    • Identifier = 102.100.100/243
    • ANDS is part of the global Handle infrastructure to resolve persistent identifiers
      • 102.100.100/ 243
    • ANDS has just joined DataCite, and will this year start offering DOIs for published, citable data
    • In effect, this is a Basic+Premium service offering
  • 19. ANDS - Login
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  • 23. Links
    • ANDS Services documentation:
    • ANDS Services site:
    • ANDS Web Services docs for PIDs:
    • [email_address]