Director and Chief Architect
ARCHER Project Monash
Executive Director, Information Technology Services
Monash University is the largest university in Australia (over 55,000 students and 10,000 staff) while also being international (campuses in three different countries) and research intensive. This briefing will examine a range of issues relating to data management and institutional repositories through the lens of a particular interaction between a group of data-intensive researchers and three related national projects that Monash is leading.
DART was established to develop solutions for many of the challenges inherent in a complete lifecycle approach to e-research. ARCHER is an extension of DART, taking concepts from DART and developing them as production services within the Australian national e-research environment. ARROW is building solutions for the management of institutional research outputs, as well as supporting communities of institutional repository practice.
The briefing will outline the institutional context and the background of the three projects, particularly the whole-of-institution, centralized approach that has been adopted. It will then cover the various stages in the engagement with the researchers, using this as a structure to discuss researcher information management, institutional data management planning, sustainable provision of storage for large data volumes, the data curation continuum, and the use of a publication repository to support research datasets. The briefing will conclude by discussing some of the latest significant Australian national developments in data management.