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Project Members:

Amanda Lawrence (Project Director,

Camilo Jorquera (Technical Lead,

John Butera (Metadata Analyst)

Jaye Weatherburn (Data/Information Manager,

Penelope Aitken (Stakeholder Engagement And Communications,

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Richard Ferrers (

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Policy Online Research Data Citation Project

Swinburne University of Technology

Collaborator(s): Australian Policy Online

Project Description

This project would see the implementation of Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to the Policy Online data set in order to make valuable scholarly material more discoverable, citable, and usable.

Currently policy research data is particularly vulnerable as it is produced by a wide range of organisations across government, university research centres, NGOs, practitioner groups, think tanks, consultants and businesses. The value of this research data is often not recognised as it does not come through traditional research sources and is not associated with formal publications. It is therefore often known as ‘grey data’. Working with the Swinburne library, APO will be able to become a convenient producer of DOIs for policy research data for these groups. This project is also an excellent extension of the Linked data Policy Hub project currently underway supported by an Australian Research Council Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Fund (LIEF) grant, Swinburne University and other partners. ANDS funding will be utilised to undertake the task of connecting data sets via DOI’s, which will help further strengthen Swinburne’s capabilities, relationship with its partners, and establish Policy Online in a way that is more richly connected.

The project scope is to implement Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to the research data collection stored on Policy Online in order to improve access and reuse. This will involve:

* Developing business rules and procedures for identifying research data and metadata records within the collection suitable for DOI

* Liaison with data providers and producers to confirm permission to mint DOIs

* Implementing the ANDS Cite My Data service and the Datacite metadata schema

* Modification of existing metadata as required to complete the project and comply with best

* Encouraging the use of the minted DOIs in citations of Policy Online data

* Supporting ways of tracking and monitoring citations of Policy Online research data

Who is APO working with to mint DOIs?

Liaison with outside organisations and partners has produced a rich DOI collection for Australian Policy Online. Various procedures and policies have been established to ensure that influential and high-impact policy resources are made discoverable and citable, in order to ensure that research can be effectively re-used and attributed.

List of organisations:

  1. Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)

  2. Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE)

  3. Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY)

  4. Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS), La Trobe University

  5. Australian Workplace Innovation and Social Research Centre (WISeR), University of Adelaide

  6. Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH), Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne

  7. ClimateWorks Australia

  8. Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA)

  9. Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research, Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA)

  10. Inside Story, Swinburne University of Technology

  11. News and Media Research Centre, University of Canberra

  12. Policy Online, Swinburne Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology

  13. Regional Development Australia

  14. Swinburne Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology

Sample of DOIs minted: (15 of over 276 DOIs minted)

Growth 60: Australia's broadband
future: four doors to greater competition

Australia's nuclear options: CEDA policy perspective

A greater Australia: population, policies and governance

Australia’s energy options: renewables and efficiency

Australia 2022

Australia's unconventional energy options

Australia's energy options: policy choice not economic inevitability

Taxation and social security system reform

Australian tax reform: post-Henry

Healthcare: reform or ration

Reinventing the regions: Victoria’s changing regional economies

Women in leadership: understanding the gender gap

Setting public policy

Australia adjusting: optimising national prosperity