Project Homepage:

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

Software is available at:

Software categories:

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


Project Members:

Doug Moncur (Data Source Administrator,

Rahul Khanna (Developer,

Genevieve Turner (Developer,

ANDS Contact:

Andrew Williams (

Project Status:


ANU-ANDS Data Capture Project - Humanities and allied disciplines

Australian National University

Project Description:

The goal of the Project was to facilitate the publication of existing data, metadata and contextual information from research work discovered during the Seeding the Commons project (SC06) and other data audits.

By identifying and assisting in the publication of these datasets the Division of Information hopes to encourage the development of a culture of dataset publication.

The complexities of the generation of structured datasets encoded with standard metadata may be a block to the publication of datasets within the traditionally less numerate disciplines. The Division of Information seeks therefore to build on the work of ANU Seeding the Commons project by modifying the data capture workflows to ensure the production of good quality metadata encoded according to standard schemata as an aid to data interchange and reuse.

This work was also allied to the ANU’s involvement in the workspace and collections interoperability strands of Project Bamboo (

Data Type:

Digital material from humanities and social science researchers

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