Back in November, I mentioned the work that PROV was undertaking on data release. Here is some detail to excite your interest.
The Australian National Data Service (ANDS) Metadata Project will support the discovery, use and reuse of Victoria’s public records by exposing collection metadata on Research Data Australia’s website.
Research Data Australia is an Internet-based discovery service designed to provide connections between data, projects, researchers and institutions, and promote visibility of Australian research data collections in search engines.
PROV is leading this project, and in partnership with State Records NSW will develop and install software tools in both states allowing collection metadata in a standardised format to be regularly harvested by RDA. For archives that install these tools, the increased exposure is expected to allow researchers to mine information about record holdings, as well as identify individual records that may be of interest to them. Only metadata regarding the records will be exposed, access to the records themselves will still require the researcher to use existing avenues.
The software tools and supporting documentation are scheduled for release on project completion in June 2013, and will be made freely available for other jurisdictions to use.
The project team includes Julie McCormack, David Fowler, Kazuki Tada, and Graham McCusker from PROV, Cassandra Findlay, Richard Lehane ,and Wisanu Promthong from SRNSW and Julia Martin and Xiaobin Shen from ANDS.
Any questions can be directed to:
Project manager – Government Archives Metadata Project
T 03 93485615 l F 03 9348 5656