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RIF-CS Guide

This short introductory Guide is for those who have need to use RIF-CS (Registry Interchange Format: Collections and Services) to allow information to be automatically harvested into Research Data Australia

It covers

  • What is the structure of RIF-CS?
  • What is the ISO 2146:2010 Registry Services for Libraries and Related Organisations standard and what does it describe?
  • How do I create a RIF-CS document?
  • What happens next?
  • How does RIF-CS evolve?

Key messages:

  • The RIF-CS schema is a data interchange format that supports the electronic exchange of collection and service descriptions.
  • It organises information about collections and services into the format required by the ANDS Collections Registry, so that this information can be harvested automatically.
  • RIF-CS is based on the ISO 2146:2010 Registry Services for Libraries and Related Organisations standard.
  • RIF-CS is an XML schema. XML (eXtensible Markup Language) is a mark up language used to electronically encode and exchange information.
  • RIF-CS is a template, like an online form. The information that you put into the template is metadata about research data.

RIF-CS Guide