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Online Research Collections Australia (ORCA) Project

During 2007, the Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories (APSR) is funding partners to

  • develop an online registry of significant Australian research collections
  • create and foster a co-ordinating network to support researchers with the ongoing development of these collections

ORCA's human network aims to create connections and enhance communication between the various stakeholders of online research collections. Identified stakeholders include:

  • Researchers and scholars
  • Research managers
  • Research postgraduate students
  • eResearch technologists
  • Collection managers
  • Repository managers

The University of Queensland Library's involvement in the Project is being co-ordinated by Belinda Weaver, the Manager of UQ eSpace, the University's insitutional digital repository and Andrew Heath. They will be working with the UQ community to identify and undertake activities relating to the APSR ORCA project. Patrick Jewell is assisting the ORCA project with digitisation.

We currently surveying UQ research staff to gather local information on current data management practices. The views of academics, postgraduate students and research support staff are most welcome. You can take the survey online. It is expected that this survey will form the basis for

  • the development of training programs
  • the establishment of local reference groups
  • advice on data management strategies

  Seminars and Training

A program of seminars on data management and eResearch issues will be held during 2007 and early 2008. Seminars planned for UQ include

1. Creating a data management strategy for new research projects
Friday, 12 October, 2007, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Library Conference Room, level 1, Duhig Building (Building 2)

The seminar covered the process of creating a data management plan for research projects. Presentations from the seminar are now available in PDF format (requires Adobe Acrobat).

Mr Keith Webster
University Librarian and Director of Learning Services
Introduction and welcome
Professor Deborah Terry
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Teaching & Learning) / Executive Dean, SBS
Importance of data management
Professor Jonathan Manton
Executive Director, Mathematics, Information and Communication Sciences, ARC
A personal perspective
Ms Belinda Weaver
Manager, UQ eSpace
Creating a project data management plan
Ms Patricia McMillan
Project Manager, Middleware Action Plan and Strategy (MAPS), ITS
eResearch and the Australian Access Federation
Ms Elizabeth Coulter
Associate Director, Strategy & Policy, ITS
Research data services provided by ITS
Australian Access Federation animation Windows Media

2. Digitisation tools and services for academics
Friday, 16 November, 2007, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm (includes morning tea and lunch)
Library Conference Room, level 1, Duhig Building (Building 2)

The seminar will be presented by Andrew Long, Manager, Preservation Standards, National Library of Australia. It will cover types of material, e.g. audio, video, images, print, metadata and standards, preservation and sustainability, tools, services and software available, copyright and licensing issues, housing and access, sources of advice and expertise, outsourcing and commercial options and case studies.

RSVP - Bookings are essential as places are limited. Please email your details to or phone 3365 8281.

Download the seminar flyer (requires Adobe Acrobat)

3. Creating a data 'exit' plan for retiring academics or departing postgraduates (2008)
Details to be announced.
For more information on training activities within the ORCA partners, please visit the APSR website

  Communications forums

The ORCA Support Network will establish, foster, and maintain communications forums to increase the connectedness of the stakeholder groups. These include a wiki, mailing lists, and RSS feeds. One example is the IR Net mailing list for Institutional Repository Managers. Other possible groups that may benefit from such forums include e-research technologists (such as visualisation experts), data-centre managers, discipline-based research teams, library collection managers, and eResearch support staff.


The ORCA Collections Registry is an APSR project which is tightly coupled with the ORCA support network. Each network partner will work with local and regional collection managers to register research collections. For more information on the Collections Registry, please visit the APSR website.

The ORCA project register will include partner projects and expertise. It will not be exhaustive and will be based on existing or planned registers at partner sites. ORCA will investigate ways of aggregating these registers.

  Consultancies and Advice

As part of the project, the UQ Library will be providing a limited consultancy service. This service has to date provided a range of assistance and advice on data management and access to UQ groups including:

  • School of Medicine
  • Fryer Library
  • UQ Teaching and Learning Unit

For further information, contact: Belinda Weaver or Andrew Heath. Phone +617 336 58281.

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