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Software is available at:

http://code.google.com/p/ohrm-additional-functionality

Project Members:

Owen O'Neill (ooneill@unimelb.edu.au)

Ailie Smith (ailie.smith@unimelb.edu.au)

Gavan McCarthy (gavan.mccarthy@unimelb.edu.au)

Richard Rothwell (richard.rothwell@versi.edu.au)

Gavan McCarthy (gavan.mccarthy@unimelb.edu.au)

ANDS Contact:

Richard Ferrers (richard.ferrers@ands.org.au)

Project Status:

Completed

Humanities and Social Science Research Data at the University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne

Project Description

Final: "The University of Melbourne has one of the most rich and diverse humanities and social science (HASS) research communities in Australia and is well ranked internationally. Some HASS researchers at Melbourne generate and hold valuable data sets and associated materials that are currently not easily discoverable, accessible or configured for further research purposes, on the other hand some research projects have already achieved high public discoverability and utility. This diversity and range of capabilities is one of the major challenges facing the sector.

HASS research is conducted in just about all faculties of the University of Melbourne and it is increasingly cross-disciplinary and collaborative. This creates challenges for an institution that is strongly structured for administrative and financial accountability around Faculties. The eScholarship Research Centre (ESRC), which sits administratively with the University of Melbourne Library, was established to facilitate cross-disciplinary and collaborative research projects in the HASS fields. The ESRC:
• collaborates with researchers in the use of digital technologies to extend their research capabilities;
• works with the University of Melbourne and others to enhance their digital archive and knowledge preservation infrastructure; and
• participates with the community in the creation and dissemination of information to address societal needs.

The ESRC and its predecessor organisations have been working with humanities and social science research data and record since 1985 and a primary goal of all their activities has been to document sufficient contextual information to make data and records meaningful. One of the primary eResearch tools developed by the ESRC is the Online Heritage Resource Manager (OHRM) which has been used by a significant number of researchers from a range of disciplines since 2000. The DC3E project focused on two flagship OHRM projects, The Australian Women’s Register, and the Encyclopedia of Australian Science, to model, test, develop and implement a data import and export services that would improve the ingest of data (in CSV form) and the export of RIF-CS metadata about the multiple data collections that are typically held within the OHRM informatic structures. The OHRM is a leading example of a new genre of HASS data assemblage and representation that has only been possible since the web began in 1994. The evolution of the genre, which is structured around network theory rather than narrative theory, has been greatly facilitated by recent advances in web-services digital technologies and increased storage and computing capabilities.

This project successfully demonstrated infrastructure (tools and services) and workflows to disseminate information about HASS research data collections from this diverse community to the UoM Registry (Vitro), which will in turn communicate the relevant metadata to Research Data Australia.

Initial: "The University of Melbourne has one of the most rich and diverse humanities and social science (HASS) research communities in Australia and is well ranked internationally. HASS researchers at Melbourne generate and hold valuable data sets and associated materials that are currently not easily discoverable, accessible or configured for further research purposes. This project will build infrastructure (tools and services) to connect this diverse community with the UoM Registry (Vitro) which will in turn communicate the relevant metadata to the ARDC. The project will:
- Develop and utilize existing (OHRM-based) infrastructure to identify generic workflow tools that will enable rich knowledge of data sets and related materials, access services and parties to the research to be systematically (RIF-CS) captured from the researchers.
- Development of a generic web services-based data capture tool to be used both by researcher staff, data librarians or other staff in the data management fabric. This will be based on the 'pre-register' work done for the Australian Women's Register in 2009
- Develop standards compliant 'access service' descriptions
- Ensure project, data, party and service descriptions concord with Data Documentation Initiative (v2and3) requirements.
- It will inform the development and utilisation of digital and analogue archival preservation, curation and access systems for the University
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ANZSRC-FOR code:

16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY