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1.  Background

CSIRO is committed to providing reliable, long-term access to managed data resources to its designated community, now and in the future.

To support and inform our research the CSIRO Data Access Portal (DAP) provides access to one of the largest and most comprehensive science and technology information data collections in Australia, and the world.  The collection includes nationally significant resources, acquired since the formation of CSIRO.  

2.  Purpose

The objective of the CSIRO Research Data Service is to ensure that the organisation captures and manages the right data to support collaboration and scientific integrity.  The service is a collaboration between Information Management & Technology teams and research partners to deliver a holistic solution for the management of research data in CSIRO.  The Data Access Portal (DAP) is the point of capture, and discovery portal, for CSIRO’s research data assets.

The DAP also provides a discovery portal for these data assets. In addition, data descriptions are discoverable through Research Data Australia.

These principles define the scope, nature and source of collections and collection descriptions published to the CSIRO Data Access Portal. It defines appropriate access and licensing for those collections.

CSIRO’s Collection Development Principles provides guidance in two key areas.

Collections that the Data Access Portal will accept are from:

  • CSIRO staff.
  • External individuals/organisations who collaborate with CSIRO staff.
  • External individuals/organisations aligned with CSIROs mandate. 

3. Internal Data Collections

The DAP can include collections originating from all research conducted at CSIRO, regardless of funding source. Collections can be data, software or web services. Data collections include, but are not limited to:

  • experimental or laboratory data (not including working data)
  • simulations generated from test models 
  • derivations or compilations e.g. text and data mining, databases, 3D models
  • photographs and image collections
  • audio materials
  • videos
  • published research results including tables underpinning the published work.

Where possible the metadata and data should be made openly available.

Some data may be subject to legal, commercial or ethical restrictions and may not be able to be made openly accessible.

The DAP includes a flexible permissions framework, supporting a number of access restrictions, for example, open metadata/restricted data, restricted metadata/restricted data. 

4. External Data Collections for inclusion in the collection

Data must use the Creative Commons framework with a default of CC-BY. 

5. Definitions

Collection: an aggregation of physical and/or digital resources which has meaning in a research context. This includes the research process itself and any resources which support that process. It is linked to the research communications cycle with its associated research outputs of publications.Collections can include data or software.

External data: hosting publicly accessible data

Hosted data: data produced by an external organisation that is not already curated.

Published - data with a persistent identifier

6. Exceptions

Hosting Limited Access Data: The DAP generally does not accept data requiring limitations on use, or where access would be governed by an outside organisation.

CSIRO does not accept data where there is an existing DOI. 

Licensing: CSIRO only accepts data when the data contributor grants CSIRO rights to curate, disseminate and preserve or withdraw/delete a copy of the data. (Has completed the CSIRO Data Deposit Conditions form)

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