La Trobe University's Metadata Store - Interviews - 18th April 2013

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La Trobe's Metadata Stores project is described by Digital Infrastructure Manager, Simon Huggard and Research Data Co-ordinator, Charlie Ambrose and Institutional Repository Team Leader, Roderick Sadler. They explain how La Trobe is future-proofing the architecture of its Metadata Store by using unique and durable identifiers as well as how they are using ReDBox to massage and then push data to their Vital Repository. During the development of this project cultural change has emerged as a larger challenge than expected. Roderick has some profound insights into the impact of the university's Metadata Stores Project and the cultural changes unleashed as the University Library becomes a publisher for the first time. He discusses how La Trobe is helping researchers think about their data as something that can be published and how exposing research data is part of claiming the territory and gaining advantage for researchers as well as for the University.
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the metadata store has given us a way of
exposing our research data and collections I guess previously they've they've been hidden they haven't been that well exposed to the wider world we have internal systems which describe the grants and projects that people are working on but but their internal and they haven't been exposed to you know outside of getting that message out there and getting collections that's the hard part we chose the redbox meant
software because it gives us workflows that we don't have didn't have previously so it gives us workflows up
for dealing with data coming in from the official data sources at latrobe and externally and then massaging that data and putting into the right format having a workflow to deal with the different stages of curation of that information and then pushing it through to our own infrastructure and it's it's well designed to integrate with our current vital fedora research online repository at the beginning we really relied quite
heavily on what University of Newcastle has done and in particular their configuration files their project object module file and associated files that they've got in the git repositories we've based our builds upon that configuration Duncan and Greg both the
technical competency but also really good communication skills so Greg pendlebury did fantastic documentation for redbox when we were looking at the
redbox mentor system specifically the mint system it had a particular way of handling the creation of an identifier for a researcher that identifier was specific to that software system affect specific to that implementation of it took the identifier that have been created in the research master system which is our research management system at will tribe and in order to make them hopefully unique in the world we used our ISIL code so our thinking is that with this with the structure of the identifiers that we've got even if the redbox mean system were to be superseded by some other system if our records were to to be migrated into a completely different platform we still have identifies that will make sense there's been a lot of
talk about metadata stores projects being more about cultural change than a bit about being software development and I think that has been more true than we could ever have imagined it's cultural change for people in a library who have to think about being the originator zuv material the first people to essentially publish a data collection rather than dealing this material where publishers have already handled this material we've made lots of decisions about how and will be described we are making a lot of those decisions for the very first time so we are working with researchers who now have to think about their research data as something that can be published as something that other people will actually be looking at which is something that many of them have never considered before talk to people that
research data and the default thinking is yes we can put in your system but of course it won't be publicly available will it and we've asked the question why not what's what is the issue with making this material publicly available it makes sense to us at this point that that putting your work out there is a way of claiming in a way of asserting the work you've done whereas a lot of the default thinking we're coming across assumes that it's the opposite that that exposing your material makes you vulnerable as we see it as actually claiming the territory claiming the work you've done and actually is having great potential advantages so the metadata
stores program gave us some momentum because it brought attention to the project so the funding getting the steering committee together getting attention from the university was made a lot easier just by having this as a project at latrobe and it has really exposed a whole lot of work that we need to do and you know given us a momentum for that actual process of engaging with researchers and getting collections and exposing research at latrobe