conformant and interoperable outputs. A problem with current work methods is that many tools are
relatively new and each has its own characteristics; not all of which constrain the user to provide well-
formed data as an output.
Metadata : Current standards are based on those established by Open Languages Archives Community y
(OLAC), the Broadcast Wave Format (BWF) metadata, and the National Library of Australia (NLA)
metadata set. BEXT is the metadata encapsulated in Broadcast Wave Format (BWF) audio files.
EthnoER is mapping relationships between parts of the data as Dublin Core struggles with this aspect of
data. The project is also looking at RDF metadata schema and Semantic-web technologies to manage
archival objects in multiple parts.
The collection catalogue distinguishes three levels: the collection, item and file. Due to time and funding
limitations PARADISEC records the bare minimum of metadata focusing on: rights and permissions;
technical metadata; administrative/management and researcher annotations. The metadata is managed in
an open source relational database - MySQL/PHP.
There are regular exports of parts of the metadata providing XML encoded data for an OLAC-compliant
static repository, a generic catalogue listing for the APAC data store, and header information that is
encapsulated into the BWF audio files.
Data Access, Authentication, Authorisation and Security: APAC manages the web presentation of the
collection which is where the data access occurs. Anyone with access to a web browser is able to
anonymously conduct a “Quick Catalogue Search” by clicking on this icon on the login page
provides a listing of the entire collection with the following information:
he item’s unique identifier
the item title (variable detail)
the collector’s name
source language (as given)
whether the item is digitized
date when last modified
details of the item (varies across items with most items allowing access to this description)
Researchers/users who wish to access the items apply for access to the collection via an access request
downloaded from the PARADISEC website.
Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey
The focus of this audit was the HILDA Survey, a nation-wide household panel survey that focuses on
issues relating to families, income, employment and well-being. The survey began in 2001 with a large
national probability sample of around 14,000 individuals in almost 8000 Australian households and aims
to provide, on an annual basis, longitudinal panel statistics describing the ways in which people’s lives are
changing in Australia
The Project Director of the HILDA is Professor Mark Wooden. Two members of the project team were
consulted during the audit: Ms. Nicole Watson, HILDA Deputy Director, Survey Management and Mr.
Simon Freidin, HILDA Survey Research Database Manager and Analyst.
Detailed information about project metadata is located at: http://www.paradisec.org.au/PARADISECMetadataset.rtf
More information about the Open Language Archive Community and standards is located at: http://www.language-
PARADISEC login at: http://azoulay.arts.usyd.edu.au/paradisec/login.php
Project website is located at: http://www.melbourneinstitute.com/hilda/
Headey, B., Warren, D., and Harding, G., (2006) Families, Incomes and Jobs: A Statistical Report of the HILDA Survey.
Melbourne: Melbourne University Press. Available at: http://www.melbourneinstitute.com/hilda/statreport/statreport2005.pdf