This page is a self-paced introduction to RIF-CS for beginners.
Each section has a brief explanation of the topic, with optional links to more information.
RIF-CS is a template, like an online form. The information that you put into the template is metadata about research data.
RIF-CS is a template in the form of an XML schema that sets out the structure of the information and what can be included.
The RIF-CS template lets you describe four different kinds of things (or classes) in separate records. It also has some administrative information to support record harvesting and management.
The RIF-CS classes used by ANDS are:
For each of these kinds of entities or objects, the ANDS Collections Registry stores descriptive information supplied by institutional repositories.
The information is used:
To provide a clear picture of the research domain, we also need to relate collections, parties, activities and services to each other. The diagram below shows the relations between the classes that are used in the ANDS implementation of ISO 2146. See Related Object for more information.
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Its all about links and relationships. RIF-CS lets you describe important things in the research environment (datasets, research collections, researchers, research organisations, projects, services) and link them together.
RIF-CS is based on the international standard ISO 2146:2010 Information and documentation –Registry services for libraries and related organisations - a generic information standard not tied to any specific research domain. This standard was carefully chosen in preference to other models such as Dublin Core Collection Description Application Profile (DC CDAP), the JISC Information Environment Service Registry (IESR), or the many models in use in scientific disciplines.
The advantage of the ISO 2146 information model is its strong support for a federated registry service that contains descriptive and administrative metadata for collections and related services, parties and activities, and also supports the expression of relationships between those entities.
ANDS wants to make information about collections, services, parties and activities available to support discovery, determination of value, access and re-use. ANDS has adapted the ISO 2146 model to support this aim.
There are many high quality records in Research Data Australia. This is one example.
A "good" record is one that supports researchers in finding research data, deciding if the data is useful, accessing the data, and finally re-using or re-purposing the data in further research.
For a start, a good record has plenty of relevant information, is linked to other records and to external information, is not full of unexplained specialist jargon, and is accurate (check your spelling!).
ANDS prefers to harvest RIF-CS metadata from your metadata store using the OAI-PMH protocol.
The process looks like this:
How do I turn my metadata into RIF-CS? Find out about mapping and crosswalks.
It is also possible to manually create records directly into the ANDS Collections Registry. More.
ANDS publishes your information into Research Data Australia.
ANDS also makes your records available for harvesting by others, such as the National Library of Australia's Trove discovery service.
The schema is changed after consultation with the RIF-CS Advisory Board.
Change proposals can be seen on the RIF-CS Schema Changes Discussion forum in the ANDS Community Bulletin Board (registration required to post to this forum).
For information about changes see RIF-CS Schema Change News.
A selection of helpful resources about RIF-CS, DOIs, and ANDS Online Services is at Guides, Training, Support
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