The purpose of the CAUL project is to review the current state of the Australian institutional research repository infrastructure. The objectives were to make observations and recommendations on possible ways forward for the Australian repository infrastructure and management.
CAUL executives approved a Project Initiation Document (PID) for CAUL Review of Australian Repository Infrastructure Project in late 2017 and called for EOIs to lead the project. Martin Borchert, University Librarian at UNSW Sydney, was appointed to lead the project.
An EOI was sent out for community members to join the project. A Project Steering Committee was established in early 2018 and a Project Plan was developed which set out 7 work packages to be completed to achieve the project goals. A work schedule was established which ensured work packages would be carried in parallel and making reference to each in turn, in order to achieve producing outputs in time for the CAUL 2018 / 2 meeting in September.
Information was gained through discussions amongst project team members, consultation with stakeholders via an online survey and semi-structured interviews, and by assessing repository infrastructure, processes and policies against the FAIR principles – Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable.