- "Acquiring data from instruments
- Storing and managing large quantities of data
- Processing large quantities of data
- Sharing research resources and work spaces between institutions
- Publishing large datasets and related research artifacts
- Searching and discovering"
- "ARCHER Research Repository - for storing large datasets, based on SRB
- Distributed Integrated Multi-Sensor & Instrument Middleware – concurrent data capture and analysis
- Scientific Dataset Manager (Web) - for managing datasets
- Metadata Editing Tool
- Scientific Dataset Manager (Desktop) – for managing datasets
- Analysis Workflow Automation Tool - streamlining analysis
- Collaborative Workspace Development Tool - bringing researchers together"
This does look to me like the metadata for a Current Research Information System (CRIS); I've spoken of these before. Maybe the CERIF metadata might do a similar job? Later we heard that the ANDS programme was to use yet another metadata set or standard (ISO2146); OK guys, I got a bit confused at this point!
Clearly this is a generic system; they also have some customisations coming for crystallographers, including the wonderfully-named TARDIS (The Australian Repositories for Diffraction Images). It's not yet clear to me how domain science curation and domain-specific metadat fit into this model, but I hope to find out more next month.
So where next for ARCHER? David wrote:
- "Currently testing the tools for release by late September
- Some tools already out in the wild and in use
- Expecting that the partners will continue to develop the tools they created
- New enhanced versions already being worked on
- Looking at how these tools might be used within ANDS (Australian National Data Service) & ARCS (Australian Research Collaborative Service) and beyond!"
(I think ARCHER is a collaboration of ANU, James Cook, Monash and Queensland Universities.)