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Fields(e.g. applications for archaeologists or for researchers who collect survey data.)


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Project Members:

Ross Coleman (Data Source Administrator,

Rodney Harrison (Development Manager,

Linda Barwick (Lead Researcher Contact,

ANDS Contact:

Alan Glixman (

Project Status:



University of Sydney

Collaborator(s): PARADISEC, Intersect Australia Ltd (software developers)

Project Description:

The ExSite9 tool has been designed to support the description of highly structured or unstructured (multimedia) data captured out in the field. The tool has been designed to enable researchers from any domain to describe their data at the collection level (in support of stronger high level description for the purposes of discovery and archiving for the purpose of access and reuse). Researchers that collect and load data from still or moving image cameras, sensors, etc in the field can range in domain from: linguistics and anthropology through to geology, botany and archaeology. Their shared and critical need is to collate and curate data on a desktop, apply the appropriate and domain specific metadata (to support their research) and to transfer that to external hard drive or to a data repository in an efficient, standardised and secure manner, for further processing and potentially publishing for citation and reuse.

The project has achieved the creation of a lightweight and self-contained desktop application enabling field-based linguistics and ethno-musicological researchers to:
- organise file-based information from a multitude of sources including digital cameras, video and sound recording equipment, scanned documents, files from transcription and annotation software, spreadsheets and field notes.
- annotate their multimedia files quickly with collection and item level metadata using their own or a common vocabulary and do this on diverse types of computers and operating systems
- easily bundle the metadata into a submission package that can be transferred into a digital metadata repository that will enhance management and discoverability of the data

Data Type:

Non-specific field research focused disciplines - eg. linguistics, botany, archaeology, galleries, libraries, archives, museums, etc