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The Australian Research Data Commons Party Infrastructure Project (ARDCPIP) is an Australian National Data Service (ANDS) funded project being carried out by the National Library of Australia (NLA). The project aims to enable the improved discovery of research outputs and data in the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) through persistently identifying Australian researchers and research organisations.

Currently research outputs are held in and across various repositories, data is not well identified and researchers and research organisations publish and create data under a varying forms of name. As a result it is difficult for researchers to discover and access all published data from the same researcher or research organisation; identify and access all of the works by a single author; obtain a profile of a researcher or research organisation or discover all current research outputs and data for a discipline.

To help resolve this problem the Party Infrastructure Project will enable:

  • persistent identification of Australian researchers and research organisations;
  • distributed authority control for names of researchers and research organisations;
  • better management of research outputs and data; and,
  • improved discovery of published research data, outputs and other resources related to researchers and research organisations.

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 objective of the Party Infrastructure project is to:

  • extend the People Australia Data Administration module to enable distributed name authority control by repository and data managers;
  • improve the automatic matching algorithms currently in use;
  • provide access to standards-based interfaces to data about researchers and research organisations;
  • extend current support for standards-based records in the service to cater for the record standards in use in the research sector; and,
  • provide access to persistent identifiers for researchers and research organisations.

The Party Infrastructure Project is expected to run for approximately 18 months beginning January 2010. A Project Reference 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)

  • Community consultation on research sector requirements.
  • Extensions completed to the People Australia machine-to-machine interfaces to enable provision of party data to the ANDS collection registry using the Registry Interchange Format for Collections and Services (RIF-CS) (http://ands.org.au/resource/rif-cs.html)
  • Preliminary bidirectional exchange of collection metadata between NLA services and the ANDS collections registry established
  • Development of matching rules and data administration specifications for Phase 2 of the project
  • End of phase report and options for delivering Phase 2.

Stage 2: Development and Implementation (July 2010 - June 2011)

  • 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.
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