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Instruments where data are captured/transferred from:

NanoTOF, MasterSizer, QemScan and XPS

Software is available at:



Manual Entry Forms (usually web-based metadata entry interfaces)

Integration metadata from various systems which are internal to an institution

Integration collection records, party records and activity records which may be external to an institution

Project Members:

Angelica Healey (

ANDS Contact:

Andrew Williams (

Project Status:


Development and testing of a data capture tool for instruments at the Ian Wark Research Institute

University of South Australia

Collaborator(s): Ian Wark Research Institute

Project Description

In late June 2013, the Wark Experiment Metadata Capture System was created to allow for the entry, search and reporting of metadata for instrument experiments at the Ian Wark Research Institute at the University of South Australia. The system supports the capture of experiments from four instruments: NanoToF, Mastersizer, QEMScan and XPS.

The Experiment Metadata Capture System supports the Ian Wark Research Institute to capture and store data and metadata about the experiments performed at the institute. This is achieved through instrument operators providing information on their experiments prior to operating the instrument. To minimise the administrative overheads, only critical information, which is not held in other systems, is required to be entered. For example the cost centre code for the research project is entered and this information is used to obtain metadata on the project. This information can then be used for the following purposes:
1. Internal review of instruments usage
2. Finance chargeback audit
3. Submission of research metadata to RDA as part of the Research Metadata System

Interface to the Research Metadata Store
The experiment metadata records from the Wark Experiment Metadata Capture System are extracted on a weekly basis for inclusion in the university-wide Research Metadata System (Mint portion) as research activities.

Within the Research Metadata System, the records are manually enriched with further details related to the experiment and the project as a whole, and then linked to the relevant collections, parties, services, and other activities.

The records are then collected / harvested by Research Data Australia together with the associated collections, parties, services, etc. once they are made available by the UniSA Research office.

Data Type:

Particle and material characterisation

High Level Software Functionality:

Data description, storage and access

Integration with the university metadata store (ReDBox)

Integration with university finance information, allowing accurate charge back on instrument use