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Data collections can be seen on:!/q=The Australian National University

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Software categories:

Observational Instruments (e.g. from telescope



Project Members:

Doug Moncur (Data Source Administrator,

Rahul Khanna (Developer,

Genevieve Turner (Developer,

ANDS Contact:

Andrew Williams (

Project Status:


ANU-ANDS Data Capture Project - Optical Astronomy

Australian National University

Project Description:

The ANU’s Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) operates a number facilities including Siding Spring Observatory. The RSAA has successfully installed a new instrument at Siding Spring Observatory, the wide field survey telescope (SkyMapper). To facilitate publication of SkyMapper data, appropriate sustainable infrastructure was required. Automated data publication workflows were also required to ensure the successful generation and publication of collection level metadata.

This infrastructure will ensure easier access to and greater use and reuse of internationally important astronomy data sets.

This project will also serve as the basis for the data publication component of a number of other internationally significant optical astronomy projects.

Meteorological data from observations at Siding Springs will also be published.

Data Type:

"WiFes: a large number of simultaneous spectra, with full sky coverage over the field of view SkyMapper: digital survey of the Southern Sky that will produce a data storage archive comprising 470TB of CCD images and large catalogues with billions of stars and galaxies. WiggleZ: spectroscopic survey of 400,000 star-forming galaxies GAMA: ground-based wide-field survey"

High Level Software Functionality:

A working feed of records describing Collections and associated Activities, Parties and Service to Research Data Australia

Alignment of Party records University HR, with new researcher descriptions added to the metadata through regular updates from the name authority

Alignment of Party records with the ARDC Party Infrastructure Project, with researcher descriptions contributed to the NLA and with People Australia identifiers recorded against researchers

Alignment of Activity records with University and external sources of truth (Research Office, ARC and NHMRC grant registries), with new research projects added to the metadata through regular updates from the sources of truth

Workflow for registering new Collections in the University

Strategic reporting on contents and coverage of metadata store for internal use

Storage and exposure for discovery of object level metadata, and alignment of object level metadata with collection metadata

Storage and management of technical metadata for object and collection reuse, including software and equipment descriptions, methodology, and data interpretation