Trove’s People and Organisation view allows users to discover biographical and other contextual information about people and organisations as well as related resources by and about them.
The People and Organisation view aims to be as comprehensive as possible across all fields of endeavour and the National Library of Australia, in collaboration with a wide range of contributors, is growing the content available through its People Australia program.
People and Organisation records group the various contributor records for the same person or organisation into an identity record. Identity records provide users with a view of all gathered biographical information, associated persons and organisations, and linked resources in a single place along with links through to the resources created and maintained by our contributors.
The information in the Identity record may cover all aspects of the person’s life or organisation’s history, or it may focus only a particular aspect or area. Drawing all of this information together in a single record allows the user to compare details and expand or limit their area of interest.
Each person or organisation record displays a citable persistent identifier allowing users to refer to that person or organisation in perpetuity, For example, the persistent identifier for the feminist and activist, Maybanke Anderson, is http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-466159 and http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-869246 for ‘Darwin’s bulldog’ Thomas Huxley.
To further enrich Trove, the People Australia program, is collaborating with organisations that have information about Australian people and organisations in specific domains and fields, and is working with them to make this data and links to their sites available to all Australians.
People Australia development and architecture
Information on the People Australia development and architecture is available from the National Library of Australia Wiki for People Australia
The paper People Australia: a Topic-Based Approach to Resource Discovery presented by Basil Dewhurst, VALA2008 is available from the Conference Proceedings at http://www.valaconf.org.au/vala2008/papers2008/116_Dewhurst_Final.pdf
The paper Identifying researchers using People Australia presented by Basil Dewhurst at the Biometrics Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 16-17 April 2009 is available from the National Library of Australia Staff papers, 2009
Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) Party Infrastructure Project
The ARDC Party Infrastructure Project is an Australian National Data Service (ANDS) funded project being carried out by the National Library of Australia (NLA) to develop the infrastructure for making Australian researcher and research organisation records available and assigning persistent identifiers to their public personas.
The project will ensure that current information about Australian research and researchers is more accessible to the public via the Trove People and Organisations view.
To find out more and to access up-to-date news and information about the project visit the ARDC Party Infrastructure Project wiki.