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The information provided here is aimed at institutions seeking to have records describing their research data outputs published in Research Data Australia. Individual researchers seeking to publish data descriptions in Research Data Australia should liaise with their institutional provider.  Potential contributors should refer to the Research Data Australia collection policies for guidance on acceptable content for Research Data Australia.

For institutions, there are two major steps in the process of providing descriptions of research data collections and associated information:

  1. Creating the records, whether manually, or by processing information from another source.
  2. Transferring the records to the RDA Registry (which are then subsequently displayed in Research Data Australia).

RDA Registry

The RDA Registry registers the description of collections; it does not store the collection itself. You retain control over access to items in the collection. Any special access considerations can be included in your collection description.

A Data Source Account for the RDA Registry allows the management of metadata records, including harvester settings, links within Research Data Australia, and direct import or export of records. This account is managed by a Data Source Administrator. If you need access to the RDA Registry, please refer to Getting an Online Services account for  and How to login to Online Services for more information.

Creating records

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The RDA Registry requires records to be in RIF-CS schema for ingest. Records can be harvested in RIF-CS, or in another metadata schema used by your institutional repository where subsequent conversion to RIF-CS has been configured.  There are a number of metadata crosswalks to RIF-CS available for you to adopt or adapt.

This task of generating a RIF-CS XML document from records in an institutional repository, and validating it against the RIF-CS schema, can be made easier using the ANDS RIF-CS Java API.

To learn more about providing a record to Research Data Australia, and understanding RIF-CS, you can practice in the RDA Demonstration Environment (demo), and talk to your ARDC Outreach Officer.

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