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Dreaming of Data: The Library's Role in Supporting eResearch and Data Management
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Paper presented at Dreaming 08, the Biennial Conference of the Austrlian
Library and Information, Alice Springs, 2-5 September 2008.

Date
September 2008
Author

Margaret Henty


Fading away: The problem of digital sustainability
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ANU Reporter

Date
Winter 2007
Authors

Danny Kingsley

Description
The challenges of keeping our memories alive in a digital age.

Sustaining Sustainability - The Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories Project
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Online Currents (available via subscription only)

Date
Volume 21, 2007, pp359-366.
Author

Belinda Weaver


Ten Major Issues in Providing a Repository Service in Australian Universities
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D-Lib Magazine, Volume 13 Number 5/6

Date
May/June 2007
Author

Margaret Henty

Description

This article presents an overview of the major issues identified by senior academic administrators and repository managers during interviews held in mid-2006 as part of the AIRS Project. It also looks at the history of repository development in Australian universities and the need for these to be seen as part of the overall university data management strategy at a time when the nature of research is changing in that it increasingly involves the use, generation, manipulation, sharing and analysis of digital resources. Issues identified included responsibility, funding, providing an appropriate policy framework at both national and local levels, community engagement, staff, technology and the regulatory environment.

The aims of the AIRS Project were to increase APSR's understanding of the requirements of institutional repositories, to assess their collective aspirations and to define the place of institutional repositories in the research information infrastructure.

Supplementary information More comments from those interviewed can be found in Ten Major Issues in Providing a Repository Service in Australian Universities: extended interview comments by Margaret Henty, May 2007. Available in pdf (85.34kb).
Project
Australian Institutional Repositories Survey (AIRS)

Avoiding a digital Dark Age
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R&D Review April 2007. Available online from ScienceAlert Australia and New Zealand

Date
April 2007
Authors

Adrian Burton

Description
An opinion piece by Adrian Burton which argues that we need to take ownership of the digital future so we don’t fall back into a digital dark age

Sustainability Issues for Australian Research Data: The report of the Australian eResearch Sustainability Survey Project
Format

pdf (396kb)

Date
October 2006
Authors

Markus Buchhorn and Paul McNamara, The Australian National University

Description
This report provides the results of a survey of sustainability issues for data-intensive research projects, including the capabilities and demands of research groups and institutions for the storage, access and long-term management of research data.
Project
AERES - Australian eResearch Sustainability Survey Project

Preservation of Word-Processing Documents
Format

pdf (142kb) and in htm

Date
July 2006
Author

Ian Barnes, The Australian National University

Description
This report oulines issues associated with the preservation of word processing documents and suggests ways in which they can be sustained.
Project

Survey of Data Collections: a research project undertaken for the Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories
Format

pdf (451KB) or html

Date
December 2005
Author

Kevin Bradley, National Library of Australia, and Margaret Henty, The Australian National University

Description
This survey was undertaken in mid-2005 and looks at the requirements for managing data sets held at the Australian National University, the University of Sydney and the University of Queensland and the risks associated with them.
Project
Preservation Metadata and Testbed Risk Analysis Survey

APSR Sustainability Issues Discussion Paper
Format

pdf (517kb)

Date
June 2005
Authors

Kevin Bradley, National Library of Australia

Description
This paper was originally intended as a basis of discussion for APSR planning. It was structured around a range of identified issues and includes a summary of the topic and reference to key resources, and has become a valued summary of issues and proposed solutions.