5 Nov 2018

“Data craft” is the term Acker coins for all those “practices that create, rely on, or even play with the proliferation of data on social media by engaging with new computational and algorithmic mechanisms of organization and classification.” This report elucidates what metadata is, how...

Journal article

13 Jul 2018

This article reflects the discussion of metadata challenges faced by the scholarly communications community at this year’s NASIG conference.

Literature review

7 Feb 2018

Archiving of the web is gradually increasing, and the number of both end users and knowledgeable practitioners are growing in concert. Communities of practice are coming into existence, and the rich literature described in this report is a testament to the vitality of this new...


7 Feb 2018

The preservation challenges are daunting, as are those relating to descriptive metadata to render a web resource discoverable. Descriptive Metadata for Web Archiving was prepared in response to this need.


7 Feb 2018

Can web harvesting tools automatically generate descriptive metadata that supports the discoverability of archived web resources? This report seeks to outline some of the answers.

Journal article

1 Feb 2018

Although librarians initially hoped institutional repositories (IRs) would grow through researcher self-archiving, practice shows that growth is much more likely through library-directed deposit. Libraries must then find efficient ways to ingest material into their IR to ensure growth and relevance.


6 Sep 2017

A group of people from all over the world have joined forces to form Metadata 2020, with the goal of rallying and supporting the community around the critical issue of sharing richer metadata for research communications.

Journal article

6 Apr 2017

As members of the ‘fourth estate’, journalists have enjoyed certain limited protections for themselves and their sources under the laws of various countries. These protections are now uniquely challenged in the context of metadata retention and enhanced surveillance and national security protections. This article examines...

Journal article

11 Nov 2015

The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is a type of meta-data found in many Electronic Patient Records. Research to explore the utility of these codes in medical Information Retrieval (IR) applications is new, and many areas of investigation remain, including the question of how reliable...


6 Oct 2015

The Citizens, Not Suspects campaign aims to fight the proposals of mandatory data retention legislation in Australia.

On 13th October 2015, the mandatory data retention legislation comes into force in Australia, but the implementation process is in disarray. As the next election approaches we...


14 May 2015

The Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014 was tabled in the Australian Parliament on 30 October 2014. The Bill immediately engendered criticism and controversy that continued through its passage through Parliamentary Committees and debates. Notwithstanding those criticisms and a number of critical...


26 Mar 2015


Implements recommendations of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security’s (PJCIS) Report of the Inquiry into Potential Reforms of Australia’s National Security Legislation by amending the: Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 to: require telecommunications service providers to retain and to...


24 Mar 2015

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull joins RN Breakfast to discuss the Government's controversial metadata laws and putting media reform back on the political agenda.


Malcolm Turnbull, Communications Minister


Producer: Alison Carabine


14 Nov 2014

Executive summary

This report provides the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights' view on the compatibility with human rights as defined in the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011

of bills introduced into the Parliament during the period 20 to 30 September...

Journal article

13 Sep 2013


The growth in the capacity of the research community to collect and distribute data presents huge opportunities. It is already transforming old methods of scientific research and permitting the creation of new ones. However, the exploitation of these opportunities depends upon more...


3 May 2012

Metadata helps users locate resources that meet their specific needs. But metadata also helps us both to understand the data we find and to evaluate what we should spend our time on.

Traditionally, staff at libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs) create metadata for the...


30 Mar 2012

The cultural heritage organizations in the RLG Partnership were eager to take advantage of user contributions to enrich the descriptive metadata created by libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs). In our first report, Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives, and Museums: Part 1: Site Reviews (Smith-Yoshimura...


27 Jul 2011

The AGLS Victoria: Metadata Implementation Manual provides online content and web staff with guidance on how to ensure compliance with AS5044-2010, the Victorian Government Discoverability Standard and the requirements of the Victorian Information Management Framework (IMF).

The manual focuses on practical metadata implementation advice...


8 May 2008

What began in 1998 as the Colorado Digitization Project is now known as the Collaborative Digitization Program (CDP). The CDP's Heritage West database represents not only the primary product of the organization, but also one of the oldest continuously operating collaborative repositories of cultural heritage...

Journal article

22 Apr 2008

In any journey, there's a destination but half the 'fun' is getting there. This article chronicles our journey towards a common way of packaging and exchanging digital content in a future Australian data commons - a national corpus of research resources that can be shared...



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