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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 This wiki and the documents it provides remain available for reference purposes but users are advised that is is no longer actively maintained.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:

The Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) Party Infrastructure Project is an Australian National Data Service (ANDS) funded project being carried out by the National Library of Australia (NLA). The project will persistently identify Australian researchers and organisations. This will enable a more coherent view of research data collections in the ARDC and their relationships with people and organisations in the innovation system.


  • persistent identification of Australian researchers and research organisations;
  • distributed authority control for the names of researchers and research organisations;
  • improved discovery of research data, and other research outputs related to researchers and research organisations;
  • improvements to the Australian innovation system as a whole by supporting improved reporting of research activity;
  • aggregation of multiple sources of information about a party.

Project objective

The overall approach of the project is to extend the NLA's People Australia infrastructure to deliver a sustainable architecture that can be used to identify researchers and research organisations well into the future.


The Party Infrastructure Project is expected to run for approximately 18 months beginning January 2010. A Project Advisory Group will formally involve key stakeholders from the research sector and provide input into and review all project materials. An Implementers Group will also be established.

Project stages

Stage 1: Consultation/specification (January 2010 - June 2010)


  • Build Party identifier infrastructure (as defined in and agreed at the conclusion of Stage 1)
  • Data Administration module delivered as well as identity matching service that enables repository and data managers to manage the party data they contribute and to obtain assigned identifiers
  • Technical documentation and administrator's guide created
  • End project report

ARDC Party Infrastructure Description




Version 1.0 (Final)

27 August 2010

Microsoft Word / PDF

Version 0.3 (Current)

29 July 2010

Microsoft Word / PDF

Version 0.2

21 July 2010

Microsoft Word / PDF

Version 0.1

16 June 2010

Microsoft Word / PDF

ANDS Bootcamp Presentation