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The Australian Research Data Commons Party Infrastructure Project (ARDCPIP) was successfully completed in July 2011. This wiki and the documents it provides remain available for reference purposes but users are advised that is is no longer actively maintained.

Current documentation relating to the Trove People Zone is available in Trove Help. Contributors are advised to review this documentation and contact the Trove Support Team with any queries.

Additionally the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) makes available ARDC Party Infrastructure documentation specifically tailored for the research sector at: http://ands.org.au/guides/ardc-party-infrastructure-awareness.html

About the survey

The Australian Research Data Commons Party Infrastructure Project team designed and conducted an online survey to gather information about party data from managers of this data in the Australian research sector. The survey was conducted over the internet, contained 14 questions and was open from Wednesday May 19 to Friday June 11, 2010. Emails inviting people to participate were sent to the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) and Institutional Repository (IR) communities. There were 43 responses. 24 completed the survey. Some of the questions were quite complex and respondents were asked to answer to the best of their knowledge. Responses to the survey will be used to better inform the project team about the current state of party data in the research sector and to identify potential contributor sources.

Brief summary of main conclusions

  1. Party data to build comprehensive profiles of researchers does not exist in one single source. Aspects of party data are spread across systems.
  2. The aspects of party data that is stored vary widely between systems and between institutions.
  3. There is minimal, if any, authority control for party records outside of library databases though survey participants recognised the need for it.
  4. On the whole, party data identifiers take the form of a name or an email address over a URL or URI.
  5. Research Office party data tends to be private.
  6. Party data exists in varying formats. Most survey participants were unsure or did not know in what format their party records could be provided to the NLA.
  7. The majority of survey participants could provide party records via OAI.
  8. Institutional privacy policies and/or requirements for individual researcher approval may restrict contribution of party records to the NLA.
  9. There is a general willingness to share party data that is tempered by institutional requirements and approval.

Full summary and survey questions are available below:

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PDF File PartyDataSurveyQuestions.pdf Party Data Survey Questions Jul 21, 2010 by nsimons
Microsoft Word 97 Document PartyDataSurveySummary.doc Party Data Survey Summary Jul 21, 2010 by nsimons
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