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Project reports

Data Management Model Survey
Format

pdf

Date
December 2008
Author

Edwina Tanner, Andy Myers, Shaun Kim and Mark Richards (University of Sydney)

Project

ORCA


Defining File Format Obsolescence: A Risky Journey
Journal

International Journal of Digital Curation, Vol 3, No 1

Format

pdf

Date
2008
Author

David Pearson and Colin Webb, National Library of Australia

Project

AONS2


Open Archives Initiative Object Reuse and Exchange (OAI-ORE)
Format

.mp4 (26.1MB)

Date
August 2008
Author

Scott Yeadon (APSR), Leo Monus (APSR), and Chris Blackall (APSR)

Report

ORE


Investigating Data Management Practices in Australian Universities
Format

pdf (779KB)

Date
July 2008
Author

Margaret Henty, Belinda Weaver, Stephanie Bradbury and Simon Porter

Related publication

Data Tables from the Data Management Practices Survey by Margaret Henty


Researcher Profiles and Portfolios: Use Cases of the Facebook Service and the University of Queensland Researchers Service
Format

html

Date
July/August 2008
Author

Belinda Weaver

Journal

D-Lib Magazine


Developing the Capability and Skills to Support eResearch
Format

html

Date
April 2008
Author

Margaret Henty

Journal

Ariadne


The Australian METS Profile – A Journey about Metadata
Format

html

Date
March/April 2008
Author

Judith Pearce, David Pearson, Megan Williams (National Library of Australia) and Scott Yeadon (APSR)

Journal

D-Lib Magazine


Field Helper 2007 Report on Activities
Format

pdf (90.7KB)

Date
December 2007
Author

Steven Hayes, University of Sydney

Description

In 2007, the Fieldwork Project has concentrated on consolidating initial concepts into robust application code, with a secondary focus of demonstrating the application to broad range of
potentially interested parties. Field Helper now produces a METS package combined in a zip
archive with all files described in the project.

Project
Fieldwork
Related report
Report of the Fieldwork Data Sustainability Project (FIDAS) May 2007

Fez/Fedora Support for Submission and Dissemination Services as part of the APSR RIFF Framework
Format

pdf (123.3KB)

Date
December 2007
Author

Andrew Bennett, Christiaan Kortekaas, Lachlan Kuhn & Matthew Smith, University of Queensland

Description

This report outlines the way in which Fez+Fedora has been developed to support the APSR RIFF Framework, by providing a standardised approach that any repository using Fez/Fedora may use to provide content stored therein in such a way that the APSR dissemination service can receive it and render it for the user. It does so by taking the objects themselves – the content and associated metadata and presenting them via a standard API (using XML notation) to the service.

Projects
Submission Service and Dissemination Service: UQ Fez + Fedora

The Digital Scholar's Workbench Project: Final Report
Format

pdf (81.4KB)

Date
December 2007
Author

Ian Barnes (Australian National University)

Description

This report outlines the work of phases 2 of the Digital Scholar's Workbench Project covering the development of software for automated conversion of from there into XHTML and PDF (viewing formats). It also includes details of a third phase, to develop the bridge between the Scholar’s Workbench and the APSR RIFF submission service.

Project
The Digital Scholar's Workbench Project
Related reports
Preservation of Word Processing Documents and Preservation of TeX/LaTeX Documents by Ian Barnes, Australian National University. July 2006.

Project Report of the Benchmark Statistics Service (BEST)
Format

pdf (50KB)

Date
December 2007
Author

Laura Vallee, Australia Partnership for Sustainable Repositories

Description

The Benchmark Statistics Service project (BEST) was designed to enhance the type and quality of statistical information about repository holdings and usage. It was recognised that defining universal standards and enforcing compliance were well beyond the scope of a short project. Instead, the BEST project considered existing standards and works in progress, and defined a minimum set of terms and conditions to guide the BEST aggregator service. Related documentation includes:

Project
BEST - Benchmark Statistics Project

ANU DSpace Dissemination Service
Format

pdf (74.8KB)

Date
December 2007
Author

Peter Raftos and Leo Monus (Australian National University)

Description

This report outlines the development of a standardised object or template which any
dissemination mechanism could expect to receive when requesting content from
a repository. The aim here was to develop a cross-platform rendering template for use with any application. For our purposes, the tests were conducted against Fez+Fedora. The template implementation was to be open source, standards compliant (where appropriate) and lightweight.

Project
Dissemination Service: ANU DSpace

RIFF Submission Service
Format

pdf (66KB)

Date
November 2007
Author

Peter Raftos and Scott Yeadon (Australian National University)

Description

The RIFF Submission Service Project was designed to provide a means of exporting a standardised object and metadata package for all submission applications and to ingest it. In practice, this meant developing a service-oriented application providing a framework to support packaging and routing content and metadata from a source application to a target repository.

Project
Submission Service

APSR Image Workflow Final Report
Format

pdf (149.2KB)

Date
December 2007
Author

Tristan Gutsche, University of Sydney.

Description

This report provides details of the workflow required to enable submission, storage and reproduction of image collections within the APSR RIFF environment. This was done to provide the higher education community with greater resources and capabilities for the utilization of digital media.

To demonstrate the presentation of image collections, templates were developed in Manakin by the Australian National University, and the iSpheres repository system at the University of Sydney developed a connector allowing access to Dspace objects and metadata via web services.

Project
Digital Images and Repositories

Project Report W2 Conferences Workflow
Format

pdf (80.6KB)

Date
December 2007
Author

Gary Browne, University of Sydney

Description

This report outlines the development of scholarly communication workflows integrating the OCS (Open Conference System) publication system with open repository platforms to provide archiving, OAIS compliant access, and online (or print hybrid) outputs that have capability of complying with
recognized DEST research publication criteria. This has been implemented using the NLA METS profile and the APSR RIFF environment.

Those involved in the Project included: Scott Yeadon and Leo Monus (Australian National University), Ross Coleman, Joshua Fry and Gary Browne (University of Sydney) and Bronwyn Lee and Megan Williams (National Library of Australia).

Project
Online Conferences and Repositories

Report of the METS Profile Development Project
Format

pdf (1.84KB)

Date
November 2007
Authors

Judith Pearce, David Pearson and Megan Williams (National Library of Australia) and Scott Yeadon (Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories)

Description

This reports on the outcome of the APSR METS Profile Development Project which aimed to develop an open, extensible and standard way of packaging metadata for digital objects which could be relevant to both Australian and broader contexts and a generic, repository independent metadata submission and exchange profile for use among APSR repositories.

The basis for this project was the draft METS exchange profile developed by the National Library of Australia as part of the 2006 APSR-funded PRESTA project. The project undertook to test this profile against actual implementations and then to register it with the Library of Congress.

Project
Australian METS Project

Project Report W1 Journals Workflow
Format

pdf (330KB)

Date
December 2007
Author

Gary Browne, University of Sydney

Description

This report outlines the development of a mechanism for exporting METS packages from Open Journal Systems (OJS) for submission into DSpace as a Submission Information Package (SIP), and subsequent publication of this information using Manakin.

Those involved with the Project were: Scott Yeadon and Leo Monus (Australian National University), Ross Coleman, Joshua Fry and Gary Browne (University of Sydney), Richard Buggy (University of Technology, Sydney), Bronwyn Lee and Megan Williams (National Library of Australia)

Project
Online Journals and Repositories

Report of the Format Notification and Obsolescence Service (AONSII)
Format

pdf (1.03MB)

Date
November 2007
Author

David Pearson and Matthew Walker, National Library of Australia

Description

Part II of the AONS Project was designed to provide an operational service. This report outlines the development of that service and gives details for potential users.

Related documentation
AONS User Guide v.2.0 pdf (170KB)
Install Guide pdf (29KB)
As Built Specification pdf (160KB)
Software
http://sourceforge.net (search for aons)
Project
AONS - Automated Obsolescence Notification System II

COSI-Framework v1.0 Documentation
Format

pdf (913kb)

Date
November 2007
Author

James Blanden, Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories

Description

The COSI-Framework is a PHP/PostgreSQL web application framework which has been designed
and built to provide shared and consistent functionality across the projects of the Australian
Partnership for Sustainable Repositories (APSR) Collection Services and Infrastructures (COSI)
initiatives of 2007.

This document describes the framework only. It does not describe the specifics of software that has
been built to utilise it.

Project
COSI - Collections Services and Infrastructures

ORCA Collections Registry Reports
Format

pdf (see links below)

Date
November 2007
Author

James Blanden, Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories

Description

This is a series of four documents which together describe the technical aspects of the ORCA Collections Registry project. These comprise:

Project
Online Research Collections Australia (ORCA)

Report of the Sustainability Guidelines for Australian Repositories Project (SUGAR)
Format

pdf (272kb)

Date
June 2007
Author

Rowan Browlee and David Berriman

Description

Discussion of digital sustainability mostly occurs within communities either aware of the issues or with access to specialist knowledge . APSR, through consultation with partners at the University of Sydney Library, identified the need for an information service to support people creating digital collections in an academic environment.

The Sustainability Guidelines for Australian Repositories service (SUGAR) was intended to support people working in tertiary education institutions whose activities do not focus on digital preservation.

A key challenge for SUGAR was to provide a suitable level and amount of information to meet the immediate focus of the user and their level of expertise while introducing and encouraging consideration of issues of digital sustainability. SUGAR was also intended to stand alone as an online service unsupported by a helpdesk.

Project
Sustainability Guidelines for Australian Repositories Project (SUGAR)

Towards an Open Source Archival Repository and Preservation System
Format

available from the UNESCO Memory of the World website

Date
June 2007
Author

Kevin Bradley, Junran Lei and Chris Blackall

Description

Recommendations on the Implementation of an Open Source Digital Archival and Preservation System and on Related Software Development
This report was commissioned by UNESCO Memory of the World Programme and prepared with the support of the Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories (APSR).

Kevin Bradley, National Library of Australia, led the project, edited the report and is ultimately responsible for its content. Junran Lei undertook the research and Chris Blackall supported the development of the structure of the document and coordinated APSR’s work.

Project
UNESCO Memory of the World

Ten Major Issues in Providing a Repository Service in Australian Universities
Format

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)

Report of the Fieldwork Data Sustainibility Project (FIDAS)
Format

pdf (151kb)

Date
May 2007
Authors

Linda Barwick, Tom Honeyman and Stephen Hayes, University of Sydney

Description
The FIDAS project was funded by APSR from January to December 2006 to assist field researchers to implement international standards in data creation and description in order to facilitate a sustainable workflow for creating Submission Information Packages under the OAIS model. This was planned through development of a data model for academic field research, a middleware tool "FieldHelper", and dissemination of the project results to the research community through a workshop and guidelines.

The FIDAS team was led by Linda Barwick (PARADISEC, University of Sydney) and Ian Johnson (ACL, University of Sydney) with considerable input from Tom Honeyman (PARADISEC), Steven Hayes (ACL) and Kim Jackson (ACL).

Software
A copy of the FIDAS software can be downloaded from http://acl.arts.usyd.edu.au/FIDAS/.
Project
Fieldwork Data Sustainability Project (FIDAS)

Migrating eprints.org data to a Fez repository
Format

pdf (331kb)

Date
March 2007
Authors

Belinda Weaver, The University of Queensland

Description
This document records the process of migrating eprints.org data to a Fez repository. Fez is a Web-based digital repository and workflow management system based on Fedora (http://www.fedora.info/). At the time of migration, the University of Queensland Library was using EPrints 2.2.1 [pepper] for its ePrintsUQ repository.
Project
FEZ:  Fedora-based Repository Management System

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

Sustainable Paths for Data-Intensive Research Communities at the University of Melbourne: a report for the Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories
Format

pdf (599kb)

Date
August 2006
Authors

Anna Shadbolt, Dirk van der Kniff, Eve Young and Lyle Winton, The University of Melbourne

Description
The report provides the results of the University of Melbourne test-bed project carried out in tandem with the AERES Project by Anna Shadbolt. The project aimed to conduct an audit of ten to twelve data-intensive research communities across a variety of disciplines, documenting the data management issues for each community.
Project
AERES - Australian eResearch Sustainability Survey Project

AONS System Documentation
Format

pdf (1.2mb)

Date
October 2006
Author

Joseph Curtis, The Australian National University

Description
This report provides technical information related to the AONS (Automated Obsolescence Notification System) Project. For the technically minded, a full description is available from APSR.
Project
AONS - Automated Obsolescence Notification System Project

PREMIS Requirement Statement Project Report
Format

pdf (485kb) and html

Date
July 2006
Author

Bronwyn Lee, Gerard Clifton and Somaya Langley, National Library of Australia

Description
This is the report of the PRESTA Project, the objective of which was to develop a requirements specification for preservation metadata based on the PREMIS (PREservation Metadata: Implementation Strategies) final report, the Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata
Project
PRESTA - PREMIS Requirement Statement

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

Preservation of TeX/LaTeX Documents
Format

pdf (172kb)

Date
July 2006
Author

Ian Barnes, The Australian National University

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

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