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There is widespread and growing use of structured metadata by web search engines, such as Google Dataset Search. To help the discoverability of metadata harvested into Research Data Australia, metadata has been added to all Collection and Service records. Once indexed by Google, a search in Google Dataset Search will retrieve a record which points back to the Collection or Service record view page in Research Data Australia. The advantage of this approach is, that as a national data catalogue, the syndication of content to a web data search tool does not require individual effort from each Contributor to receive the same coverage. For more information on the RIF-CS to metadata transform, see RIF-CS to crosswalk.

However, if Research Data Australia Contributors would like their datasets to also show up in Google Dataset Search with a direct link to their own repository as the source, then it is necessary to implement markup on each dataset landing page in the repository. See Add metadata to your repository, for information on how to do this.

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