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The Australian National Data Service (ANDS) funded Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) Party Infrastructure Project is now complete and this blog post aims to brief you about the progress that the project has been able to make in it's second stage. Over the past year and in this second stage, we have focused our efforts on delivering the infrastructure proposed in the ARDC Party Infrastructure Description document (http://bit.ly/n3WQgl), which your valuable input helped us create, and supports the scenarios contained there-in.

In summary, we have delivered the following benefits:

  • The NLA Party Infrastructure has been built to enable the contribution of records from the research sector either via Research Data Australia or directly. In addition, support for the ingest of party records in RIF-CS 1.2 has been provided in the NLA Harvester. This transformation has been based on the recommendations in the ANDS Contributors Guide and it has been designed to be easy to manage.
  • Support for the provision of party records in RIF-CS 1.2 has been provided via the SRU and OAI interfaces and the bi-directional interchange of records with ANDS using OAI and SRU has been established.
  • Nine early implementers have been harvested into our production environment and one into test.
  • A greatly improved interface to the Trove Identities Manager (TIM) (formerly named the 'Party Administration Tool') has been implemented along with reporting features.
  • Rules for the auto-creation of records have been implemented along with refinements to the matching rules for people records. This will reduce the number of records needed to be matched by hand in the Trove Identities Manager.
  • Documentation for contributors has been created and published on the ARDCPIP wiki. Internal documentation has been created to assist with operation of the Infrastructure.
  • Three rounds of training have been provided to ANDS Liaison staff using the agreed train-the-trainer model.
  • The project team have provided recommendations for the improvements of RIF-CS which have been tabled with the RIF-CS Advisory Group.
  • The upgrade to the EAC-CPF standard was achieved along with the migration of all Party Infrastructure records to this format. The key benefit there is that the EAC-CPF standard provides for a better mapping from RIF-CS than its predecessor, EAC2004.

I'm happy to say that the project has met its deliverables and that the National Library will maintain the infrastructure into the future. Any improvements and/or upgrades will be managed using the Library's internal change management processes. In terms of arrangements for the operation of the Party Infrastructure, the service will be operated by the Trove business area located in the Library's Resource Sharing and Innovation Division.  Operational arrangements here are being finalised between the National Library of Australia and ANDS and so in the interim, if there are any queries, please make contact using the Trove enquiries form (http://bit.ly/p0clAp).

Projects do not happen in isolation, as a result there are a number of people to thank for the contributing to the success of the ARDC Party Infrastructure Project:

  • Project team members Natasha Simons, Business Analyst, and Paul Shields, Developer. The project could not have been delivered without their hard work, commitment and enthusiasm;
  • Our ANDS Liaison officer Monica Omodei, Senior Research Analyst whose feedback and sound advice over the course of the project was most valuable;
  • Kaye McIntyre, Trove Support Leader, for her expert advice and for picking up the reigns in the final weeks of the project to ensure that final works were completed and a good handover to the Trove business area was achieved;
  • Sue Collier (Director, Collection Access, National Library of Australia), Simon Jacob and Terence Ingram (Senior Developers, National Library of Australia) for their invaluable advice and timely assistance;
  • Alexi Paschalidis of Oxide Interactive who professionally delivered a well designed and greatly improved interface to the Trove Identities Manager;
  • Early implementers who assisted the project by contributing records;
  • Advisory Group members and Names Roundtable attendees who helped frame a solution that would work for the NLA, ANDS and the research sector with their detailed input; and, last but not least;
  • The Project Board, Warwick Cathro (Assistant Director-General, Resource Sharing and Innovation, National Library of Australia), Adrian Burton (Director, Services, Australian National Data Service), Mark Corbould (Assistant Director-General, Information Technology, National Library of Australia) and Debbie Campbell (Acting Assistant Director-General, Resource Sharing and Innovation, National Library of Australia) for their support and oversight of the project.

It's been a pleasure working with so many in the Australian research sector to create a service that will be of real value to the sector in future !

Basil Dewhurst
Project Manager
ARDC Party Infrastructure Project
National Library of Australia

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