Data Packaging – Information Standards

Ms Ingrid Mason1, Dr Peter Sefton2

1AARNet, Yarralumla, Canberra, Australia,

2UTS, Sydney, Australia



Research data moves between storage and repository systems, research platforms and tools, and computational services through the research and data curation lifecycles.  As this data moves across these technologies, it may stay in the same hands, or change hands.  Ideally this research data is: Findable, Identifiable, Accessible and Reusable (FAIR) wherever it is, and effectively managed.

The data packaging Birds of a Feather (BoF) is targeted at eResearch professionals, data librarians, archivists and repository managers interested in:

  1. Sharing information about formats and technologies being used, e.g. BagIt [1], Cr8it [2,3], and the Collections plugin on CloudStor [4].
  • Working toward establishing best practices using information standards for data packaging.
  • Sharing use cases where well managed data packaging aids research, research data management, and data publication.
  • Discussing the use of well-defined information standards for discovery and research.

Participants will be conversant with metadata standards e.g. Dublin Core, Darwin Core, RIF-CS, PROV, research data management practices.   The format of the BoF will be a combination of short talks and facilitated Q&A and the session 60 minutes in duration.


  1. Available from:, accessed 15 June 2017
  2. Available from:, accessed 15 June 2017
  3. Pick, Pack, Publish. Available from:, accessed 15 June 2017
  4. Introducing the CloudStor Collections App. Available from:, accessed 15 June 2017



Ingrid Mason, Deployment Strategist with AARNet, provides support for engagement and the uptake of the national research and education network (NREN) and services with AARNet members across the research, cultural and collections sectors. Ingrid has worked on several NCRIS programs: Australian National Data Service, National eResearch Collaborative Tools and Resources, and Research Data Services.

Peter Sefton is the Manager, eResearch Support at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Before that he was in a similar role at the university of Western Sydney (UWS). Previously he ran the Software Research and development Laboratory at the Australian Digital Futures Institute at the University of Southern Queensland. Following a PhD in computational linguistics in the mid-nineties he has gained extensive experience in the higher education sector in leading the development of IT and business systems to support both learning and research.

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