The new Australian National Data Service (ANDS) holds a number of workshops to promote the use of their numerous services. Members of VeRSI attended a workshop titled ‘Gumboots for the Data Deluge: defining and describing collections for the Australian Research Data Commons‘ on Friday.
The overarching aim of the workshop was to introduce those involved in data management, such as librarians, to the ‘Seeding the Commons‘ project. Through this ambitious national project, the ANDS plans to make all the research data produced by Australian researchers locatable and available for other researchers to use and cite. The ANDS works closely with various institutions around the country to harvest MetaData from their institutional repositories.
During the workshop we were given an overview of ANDS and its ambitions and also hands-on experience of entering a project into the Research Data Australia registry (or Metadata repository as ANDS doesn’t collect Data it collects Metadata!). The workshop covered the XML schema used to describe resources the RIF-CS which is based on an international draft standard, the ISO 2146 (Registry Services for Librarians and Related Organisations). See: http://globalregistries.org/rifcs.html The Research Data Australia collections registry supports a number of dynamic exchange and harvesting protocols so that researches in any part of the world can find data, compare and combine it, and perhaps even re-use it in their own work.
You can register your own data with the ANDS through their Register My Data service.