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Data collections can be seen on:

http://services.ands.org.au/home/orca/rda/search#!/q=*%3A*/p=1/tab=collection/group=James%20Cook%20University

Software categories:

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:

Professor Ian Atkinson (Project Manager, ian.atkinson@jcu.edu.au)

Dr Trina Myers (Project Manager, trina.myers@jcu.edu.au)

Marianne Brown (Lead Developer, marianne.brown@jcu.edu.au)

Haidi Beard (Data Librarian, haidi.beard@jcu.edu.au)

ANDS Contact:

Andrew White (Andrew.White@ands.org.au)

Project Status:

Completed

Tropical Data Hub Collection Discovery and Description

James Cook University

Project Description:

The Tropical Data Hub Collection Discovery and Description project was an 8 month project to identify tropical research datasets within James Cook University. Its aim was to have 40 metadata records and associated research data available for sharing at the end of the project. Much to the delight of the project team, researchers at JCU were eager to participate and as a result we now have 68 collection records publicly available in the Tropical Data Hub and deposited in the Australian Research Data Commons, Research Data Australia.

As a by-product of the project, the Tropical Data Hub research data repository (developed in an early ANDS/QCIF funded project, EIF046) has been tested as a self-deposition web-based system. The process we are trying to establish at JCU is one where by researchers can self publish their data and metadata, with the metadata experts reviewing and refining the metadata at a curation stage prior to final publishing.

Many sections with in the university assisted with this project. The following centres contributed research data:
- Centre for Tropical Biodiversity and Climate Change;
- Reef and Rainforest Research Centre; and
- Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research.

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the School for Public Health and Tropical Medicine also provided research datasets and contributed feedback on the user interface. Research Services provided access to grants information for the creation of Activity Records. ITR assisted in providing access to Human Resources information for the creation of Party Records. The Graduate Research School provided support in setting up workshops with early career researchers and Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students and also included new criteria relating to research data management into the annual reporting requirements for HDR students. The Library provided support reviewing keyword selections and providing advice to the project team relating to referencing, citations and copyright information.

The Seeding the Commons project has enabled us to promote open data and research data management. On a practical level, it has enabled us to fully test our working prototype system and identify areas that researchers find confusing or difficult. This information will prove invaluable as we more forward on the next phase, establishing a production ready Metadata Store system.

Project Outcomes

The main project outcomes were:
• Significant number of collection records publicly available via the TDH;
• Culture change and increased awareness of open data and the need for data management.

Our project was made easier by the fact that the research centres (RRRC, ACTFR and CTBCC) were involved with the project from its inception. All three centres have a lot of research data that, in the most part, they are happy to share. Making contact with individual researchers was a little harder. Initially, we spoke with the Research Services unit and they assisted us with identifying researchers with strong research track records. In following up on these leads, we found that email contact was in most case not successful and that better results were obtained by face-to-face contact. In the end, we have 68 collections publicly available via the TDH repository, the majority of which have the data freely available under a CC-BY licence. The metadata repository can be found at http://www.jcu.edu.au/tdh/data.

ANZSRC-FOR code:

9605 ECOSYSTEM ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT
9608 FLORA
FAUNA AND BIODIVERSITY
9609 LAND AND WATER MANAGEMENT
9611 PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL CONDITIONS OF WATER
9612 REHABILITATION OF DEGRADED ENVIRONMENTS
9613 REMNANT VEGETATION AND PROTECTED CONSERVATION AREAS