Supporting Australian research through Trove

In March 2005, the National Library of Australia launched the Australian Research Repositories Online to the World (ARROW) Discovery Service, enabling a single search across the contents of Australian university repositories, including digital theses records, preprints of journal articles, conference papers and book chapters. This was generously facilitated by the ARROW Project. In 2009 the service was rebranded ‘Australian Research Online’ (ARO) and in the last five years it has grown to include content from e-journals; Australian government repositories and more. As of November 2010, ARO provided a single search across research from 35 Higher Education institution repositories, 6 government institutional repositories and 31 other research collections.

Trove was released In November 2009 by the National Library of Australia. Trove provides easy access to over 100 million Australian resources. All the content of ARO has been integrated into Trove. Trove reaches a wide audience, and includes millions of research outputs not present in ARO.

Trove has been enhanced to include core features present in ARO. This process is now complete and the existing ARO service will be turned off in the third week of February. A re-direct will be put into place from the ARO website to the Trove site. Where possible, a re-direct will also be in place from the machine-to-machine interfaces for ARO.

For Australian researchers, Trove provides a way to showcase a wider range of publications. The single search covers print and online theses as well as journal articles and books enabling a comprehensive picture of researchers’ public work. In conjunction with the Australian Research Data Commons Party Infrastructure Project (ARDCPIP) Trove allows an aggregated view of a researcher’s output through the People and organisations zone.

For information seekers, Trove enables access to hard-to-find research from peer-reviewed journal articles and papers to government sponsored working papers Trove also provides access to grey literature not yet indexed by Google or Google scholar and to millions of overseas open access research articles through the collection of OAIster.
Enhancements to Trove include:

  • The current statistics in Trove have been enhanced.
  • The advanced search screen has been enhanced to allow a search across all material provided by a single contributor and to search within that contributor’s records.
  • RSS feeds have been introduced, allowing researchers to be notified whenever new research in their specialisation area is added to Trove.

There are many ways to search and identify research material in Trove – including searching on particular material types (e.g. theses or conference papers); looking at the collections based in specific research institutions; or simply using keywords related to a research area.

Organisations which currently contribute information to Australian Research Online will have a wider range of options for contributing data to Trove. All records currently contributed to ARO will be automatically contributed to Trove using the same mechanisms. However, other options include contributing data in MARC format via Libraries Australia, Harvest Control Lists, and even site map reading if specific requirements are met.

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