Some of the metadata that you capture about your vocabulary in PoolParty can be pulled from PoolParty into the Research Vocabularies Australia portal . Here we provide guidance for capturing rich descriptions of your vocabulary for use in the RVA portal.
The PoolParty tool allows for the creation of multiple vocabulary ‘projects’ to be created. When ARDC creates your vocabulary management space in PoolParty, we will set up a project workspace in which you may create or manage your vocabulary as a ‘concept scheme.’
A title is a human-readable identifying label for a vocabulary. Titles are displayed in RVA and are searchable. A length limit of 80 characters (including spaces) is recommended for compatibility with discovery services, which will often truncate names or collection titles longer than this.
If you are creating a vocabulary via PoolParty Integration, the PoolParty concept scheme title will be pre-populated as the title of your vocabulary in RVA, but you may edit the title at any time.
An acronym is an abbreviation formed from the initial components in the title of the vocabulary.
Good quality vocabulary descriptions will increase the chances of a vocabulary being discoverable through RVA and other search engines, as well as helping researchers decide if the vocabulary is likely to be useful for them. The following principles are recommended:
- Write the description for a reader who has general familiarity with a research area but is not a specialist—this will make vocabulary more accessible for cross-disciplinary use.
- Don't use specialist acronyms or obscure jargon.
- Don't assume a reader has specialist knowledge.
- Include important keywords within the text—this makes them accessible for search engines. Inclusion of a paragraph beginning with Keywords: and followed by a list of keywords is acceptable. However, best practice would be to include the keywords as subjects.
If you are creating a vocabulary via PoolParty Integration, the PoolParty concept scheme description will be pre-populated as the description of your vocabulary in RVA, but you may edit the title at any time.
The Licence field allows for capture of information about the text of a legal document giving official permission to do something with a vocabulary. The types of licences are sourced from the licence types used in Research Data Australia. More information about licences in RDA is available here. Research Vocabularies Australia will use Licence information to provide a faceted search option based on licences.
Vocabulary Creation Date
The date of creation of the original version of the vocabulary. Please provide the Creation Date in one of the following formats:
YYYY-MM-DD, YYYY-MM, YYYY
Revision Cycle refers to information about a regular revision cycle under which the vocabulary develops. This may be provided in definite frequency (i.e. Biannually, Yearly, Monthly, etc.).
Notes provide additional information about the vocabulary being described.
Owner refers to the individual or organisation that owns the particular record in the RVA portal. Note: Once set, the owner field is read-only and cannot be changed via the interface.
You may provide top concepts that appear in the vocabulary. You may provide more than one top concept for your vocabulary.
If you provide a machine actionable file (which will be browsable in RVA) with your vocabulary, manually added top concepts will not be visible in the RVA.
A natural language in which the vocabulary is available. You may provide more than one language for your vocabulary.
A subject is a term, keyword, classification code or phrase representing the primary topic or topics covered by a vocabulary. You may provide natural language keywords by selecting a Subject Source of "local", Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification Field of Research (ANZSRC-FOR) subjects by selecting a Subject Source of "ANZSRC-FOR" or subjects from a vocabulary of your choice by providing the name of the vocabulary in the "Subject Source" field.
ARDC requires the application of at least one ANZSRC-FOR code to each vocabulary published via Research Vocabularies Australia. The ANZSRC-FOR codes can be found here .
Information about the publication status of the vocabulary version. Choose one of the following options:
- Current: This is the current version.
- Superseded: This version has been replaced or supplanted by an updated version.
A title is a human-readable identifying label for a vocabulary. A length limit of 80 characters (including spaces) is recommended for compatibility with discovery services, which will often truncate titles longer than this.
The date of release of the version of the vocabulary. Please provide the Release Date in the following format:
Information about changes made from the previous version of the vocabulary.
A digital access point for human or machine consumers of a vocabulary version.
Access Point Type: t he type of access point.
Information about the SKOS notation values for concepts in the vocabulary data.
First, indicate if the vocabulary data contains SKOS notation values, and, if so, what their format is. Choose from one of these formats:
- Numeric, multi-level hierarchical values, e.g.,
2.20. When sorting by notation, each component of the value is treated as an integer value. So, for example,
- Numeric, either integer or floating-point numbers, e.g.,
2.4. When sorting by notation, each value is treated as a real number. So, for example,
- Alphanumeric, e.g.,
fish. When sorting by notation, the values are sorted "lexicographically" as Unicode strings. For example,
A0932, which comes before
Then, use the dropdown to indicate whether or not the browse visualisation on the vocabulary's view page should default to showing the vocabulary data sorted by notation values. (The vocabulary's view page will offer a dropdown to switch between sorting by preferred label and notation.)
- Party: An individual or organisation related to the vocabulary. Note: At least one party of type "Publisher" is required.
- Service: A database or collection of resources which may use or reference the vocabulary.
- Internal Vocabulary: A vocabulary which is published within RVA that is related to the vocabulary. Note: You will only be able to describe the relationships to an internal vocabulary. You will not be able to edit the metadata as this is taken directly from the internal vocabulary's metadata record.
- External Vocabulary: A vocabulary not published within RVA that is related to the vocabulary.
Each related entity is "owned" by a particular owner. You may only alter related entities that you own. However, you may copy an existing related entity owned by a different owner, in which case, you then own the copy, and you can make changes.
Related entities are first class objects and may be shared across multiple vocabularies; changing the details of a related entity within one vocabulary affects the view page of all vocabularies that are related to it.
Once you have chosen a related entity type, RVA will allow you to search/browse for and select any entity that has previously been published in RVA:
If you do not own the selected related entity you will be presented with a locked related entity metadata form. You are still able to define the relationships to the entity but you will not be able to edit the entity's metadata. If you would like to change the metadata you can choose to make a copy of the entity's record by clicking the padlock icon.
If your related entity has not previously been captured in RVA, you may add the relevant metadata at this time.
If you are creating a vocabulary via PoolParty Integration, any PoolParty concept scheme authors, publishers, or contributors will be pre-populated as parties related to your vocabulary in RVA. You may edit these at any time.
A title is a human-readable identifying label for a related party, service or vocabulary.
In the case of a related party, please provide a given name and a family name and relevant titles or suffixes:
...or provide an official organisational title:
In the case of a related service, please provide an official name:
In the case of a related vocabulary, please provide an official title:
The email address of the related party, service or vocabulary. For example:
The phone number of the related party, service or vocabulary.
No format is specified. Vocabulary providers may follow AS 4590:2006 Interchange of client information or use custom formats for telephone numbers. Spaces, hyphens, parentheses or the form +61 for Australian country code are permitted.
The ARDC Research Vocabularies Australia portal is available worldwide. Accordingly, inclusion of the international dialling code (61) with all telephone and fax numbers is recommended to support international collaboration.
Formatting examples (not a complete list of possibilities):
Telephone or fax number with country code
+61 4 5327 6731
Telephone or fax number with area code
(04) 5327 6731
04 5327 6731
Mobile telephone number
0416 345 678
Related type of "Party"
An individual or organisation responsible for making the vocabulary available.
An individual or organisation responsible for developing the vocabulary.
An individual or organisation responsible for making contributions to the vocabulary.
Point of contact
An individual or organisation responsible for coordinating communication concerning the vocabulary.
An individual or organisation that has made use of the vocabulary.
An individual or organisation for whom the vocabulary is intended or is useful.
Related type of "Service"
The vocabulary has an unspecified relationship with the related service.
The metadata about and/or content of the vocabulary is presented by the related service. Note: a service which serves as the publisher's source of the vocab would be indicated as an access point rather than as a related service in RVA.
Related type of "Vocabulary"
The vocabulary has an unspecified relationship with the related vocabulary.
The vocabulary is derived from the related vocabulary.
Example: In 2008, the Research Fields, Courses and Disciplines (RFCD) classification was updated by the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification Fields of Research (ANZSRC-FOR) .
The vocabulary provides additional value to or refines the related vocabulary.
Example: The Library of Congress Children’s Subject Headings is designed to complement the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and provide tailored access to children and young adults when LCSH does not provide suitable terminology, form, or scope for children.
The vocabulary is made up of part of the related vocabulary.
Example: The core terms in the Library of Congress Medium of Performance Thesaurus for Music are based chiefly on existing Library of Congress Subject Heading s, but some additional terms that do not already appear in LCSH have also been included.
STRONGLY RECOMMENDED FIELD
A unique ID for the related party, service or vocabulary. An identifier is a sequence of characters or words that uniquely identify an object within a particular context or the domain of a specified authority. It may be globally unique if the specified authority has a global domain. Identifiers that are useful for discovery, linking of metadata records, reuse, or to support the functions of the metadata provider, can be recorded, even if they are not unique or persistent.
If there is a public identifier for an entity, ARDC strongly recommends providing that identifier as a party identifier. This may be a local username or staff ID, ORCID, NLA Party Identifier (Persistent identifier), Scopus Author Identifier, or ThomsonReuters ResearcherID. Please include all relevant identifiers, as this helps in the disambiguation of entities with similar names.
When entering identifiers, you must specify the type of the identifier by making a selection from a dropdown. The value field gives advice about the expected format for the selected type, and any value entered is validated accordingly.
How do I find identifiers?
- NLA Party Identifiers: http://trove.nla.gov.au/people?q&adv=y
- ORCID: http://orcid.org/
- Scopus Author ID: http://www.scopus.com/search/form.url?zone=TopNavBar&origin=searchauthorlookup
- ThomsonReuters ResearcherID: http://www.researcherid.com/
- Virtual International Authority File: https://viaf.org/
- Research Organization Registry Identifier: https://ror.org/
The URL of the entity's web page. For example: