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The ARROW project objectives are to:

  • identify and test software to support best-practice institutional digital repositories at the ARROW Consortium member sites to manage e-prints, digital theses and electronic publishing.
  • develop and test a national resource discovery service using metadata harvested from the institutional repositories by the National Library of Australia

ARROW Stage-2

The following is from the Minister Julie Bishop's media release: Research capability to be boosted by improved collaboration, 31 July 2006

"The Australian Research Repositories Online to the World (ARROW) project has been very successful in providing tools to enable accessibility and discoverability of research from institutional repositories. ARROW Stage-2 will build upon this success to support the building of institutional repositories for project partners and advise new members on how to proceed and what to expect. An important aspect of the ARROW Stage 2 project will be the establishment of sustainable pathways for institutional repositories beyond the term of the project.

The experiences of current trials in using repositories for the RQF will inform institutions on how they can prepare for RQF-repository integration. The project will develop software to support a more comprehensive set of digital objects and hence enable more creative uses of repositories and more flexible ways in which repositories integrate with other knowledge management tools. The project will also address the pressing need for a universally usable architecture and solution to the issue of persistent identifiers for digital objects and will implement a sustainable shared identifier infrastructure based on the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI) Handle System." This work will be done by the PILIN Project. (The PILIN project has been successfully completed (December 2007) and the final report can be found at

Monash University media release: Research on target as Monash loads its e-research quiver, 31 July 2006

Project decriptions and key documents appear on the project documents page.