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Title: The Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories

The Australian Partnership for Sustainable
Repositories (APSR)
CAUL Meeting 2004/1 University of New South
Wales 1 April 2004
  • Roadmap
  • Partners
  • Extent and Intent
  • Activity and Operational Structures
  • Digital Sustainability Program (NLA)
  • Practices and Testbeds Program (ANU, USyd, UQ)
  • National Services Program
  • International Linkages Program
  • External Involvement

  • Partners
  • The Australian National University (Lead
  • The National Library of Australia
  • The University of Queensland
  • The University of Sydney
  • Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing

  • Extent and Intent
  • In responding to the call to develop national
    research infrastructure through the creation of a
    broad repository-based architecture, the APSR
    proposal had at its core
  • an overall focus on critical issues of access
    continuity to and sustainability of digital
  • a determination to build on a base of
    demonstrators for digital continuity and
    sustainability embedded in developmental
    repository facilities within partner institutions
  • an aspiration to contribute to national strength
    by encouraging development of skills and
    expertise and providing coordination
    throughout the sector via a platform of national
    services and international linkages

  • An open partnership both in its manner of working
    and its ultimate manifestation within a national
  • predicated on a belief that -
  • the higher education sector needs catalysts to
    encourage and enable institutions to take action
    based on best practices that will ensure
    continuity of access to key information resources
    over time

Such resources not simply text-centric in
nature. Real challenge lies in coping with huge
volume of research data and resources in varying
formats and configurations emerging from the
eScience and eHumanities movements cf. Tony Hey
and Anne Trefethen The data deluge an
eScience perspective (2003) Tony Hey Why
engage in e-science? (2004) Within APSR, role of
APAC to carry these eResearch links, beyond their
direct involvement in University of Sydney
testbed project
Activity Structure
Operational Structure
  • Digital Sustainability (Core Program)
  • Led by NLA, program will support and work with
    demonstrator or testbed projects and also
    feed directly into National Services and
    International Linkages programs (notably in its
    links with the recently established Digital
    Curation Centre in Edinburgh)
  • Primary objective to provide mechanisms and
    expertise to ensure digital information
    resources remain
  • available findable
  • usable trustworthy
  • understandable re-usable
  • for as long as they are needed
  • Seeks to develop national centre of excellence,
    providing such services as best practice
    documentation, software frameworks and
    archives, generic tools, format registries,
    planning strategies, and technology watch

  • Practices and Testbeds Program
  • (1)
  • Implementation of Repository Technology in a
    Standards Framework
  • (ANU)
  • Objectives
  • Develop an open source repository
    infrastructure that addresses the needs of
    Australian universities for the management of
    digital assets
  • Develop mechanisms for building effective
    partnerships with academic community for the
    management of their digital assets
  • Participate in federation services with APSR
    partners and other SII projects

  • Key Tasks
  • Develop repository system based on needs analysis
    from a broad set of representative collections
  • Become major contributor to DSpace open source
  • Contribute to international standards and best
    practice for the management of digital
  • Populate ANU repository
  • Develop policy framework for partnerships with
    academic staff
  • Cooperate with other testbed projects to meet the
    objectives of the Digital Sustainability program
  • Evaluate success of software and policy

ANU DSpace now live First
collections images from ArtServe, ANU Archives
and Noel Butlin Archives Centre Collections from
other ANU communities programmed or being
considered for incorporation include
  • ANU EPrints (documents also being contributed to
    Google/DSpace/OCLC scholarly search
  • ANU E Press (to be launched on 18 May)
  • Anthology of Australian Music (audio collection)
  • Various art image databases
  • Coombs photography demonstrator

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  • Practices and Testbeds Program
  • (2)
  • Sustainability and Interoperability in a Complex
    Distributed Environment
  • (University of Sydney)
  • Objectives
  • Develop a sustainable model for large complex
    object repositories within a distributed
    research environment
  • Document a set of supporting protocols and
  • Develop appropriate enabling middleware and

  • Key Tasks
  • Establish a project methodology for the testbed
  • Develop protocols within the common XML
    environment of the testbed facilities
  • Cooperate with other testbed projects and the
    MAMS project to meet the objectives of the
    Digital Sustainability program
  • Scope prototype demonstrator projects (cultural,
    health, historical)
  • Develop and implement appropriate middleware and
    tools to enable demonstrators
  • Develop and implement testing and evaluation
  • Undertake evaluation of protocols within partner
    and other facilities nationally and

complex distributed environment Testbed project
will work with both local and international
partners SETIS (Scholarly Electronic Text and
Image Service) with links to Michigan, Oxford
and Virginia PARADISEC (Pacific and Regional
Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered
Cultures) with links to AILLA (Archive of the
Indigenous Languages of Latin America) and
DELAMAN (Digital Endangered Languages and Musics
Archive Network) ACL (Archaeological Computing
Laboratory)/SSIU (Spatial Science Innovation
Unit)/Time Map collaboration with links to
Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative (UCLA),
Unesco, MacquarieNet
  • Practices and Testbeds Program
  • (3)
  • eScholarship Australia
  • (University of Queensland)
  • Objectives
  • Develop an integrated entry point to a range of
    repositories of research output
  • Encourage better reporting of academic research
  • Facilitate access to information about
    Australian research

  • Key Tasks
  • Identify existing repositories at UQ to be used
    in project
  • Investigate and adopt appropriate standards to
    be used, with emphasis on open standards
  • Test a range of harvesting protocols, including
  • Examine subject mapping techniques to ensure
    metadata conforms to appropriate thesaurus
    descriptors. (Existing institutional subject
    classification schemes will be mapped to the
    Australian Standard Research Classification.
    Where metadata lack appropriate thesaurus
    descriptors, automatic and semi- automatic
    subject mapping techniques will be used.)
  • Investigate and implement mechanisms to
    identify, capture, organise and manage
    non-text, non-OAI compliant resources
  • Cooperate with other testbed projects to meet
    the objectives of the Digital Sustainability
  • Extend demonstrator application to other

  • National Services Program
  • Objective
  • Provide following services to national higher
    education and research sector
  • Technical advisory services
  • Knowledge transfer and educational services
  • Consultation and collaboration services
  • Timeframe
  • 2005-2006

  • International Linkages Program
  • Objectives
  • Participate in and contribute to the development
    of international standards applicable to
    digital access and sustainability
  • Participate in selected international programs
    in the digital access and sustainability area
  • Maintain a technology watching brief across a
    wide range of international programs in the
    digital access and sustainability area
  • Timeframe
  • 2005-2006
  • Some initial steps in 2004 (participation in
    first DSpace User Group meeting, Boston, 10-11
    March, and linkage with JISC/eSCP Digital
    Curation Centre, University of Edinburgh)

  • External Involvement
  • Potential for involvement in APSR by others than
    immediate project partners
  • National Services Program (starting in 2005)
  • Occasional open workshops and forums
  • Thought being given to establishing an inner
    mailing/email list for those who register
    interest in receiving news of APSR progress
    and developments

  • Also potential opportunity for others to
    participate as project partners (specified in
    both original proposal and agreement between ANU
    and existing project partners)
  • Such participation would require
  • Strategic commitment to the development of
    institutional digital repositories
  • Significant implementation program involving
    repository technology and a collection program
    focused on research materials having sector-wide
  • Commitment to sector-wide cooperation in the
    development of institutional repositories
  • Commitment to APSR objectives and willingness to
    contribute to APSR processes
  • Acceptance that partner responsibilities include
    participation in APSR core activities such as
    standards setting, evaluation and adoption,
    expertise network, skills pool, international
    linkages and benchmarking
  • New partners would bring own resources to APSR
  • There would be no access to DEST funding unless
    additional monies were granted

Thank you
Vic Elliott 1 April 2004