Trove Researcher Platform for Advanced Research

Accelerating the impact of Australia's HASS and Indigenous research.
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Trove Researcher Platform for Advanced Research
Project lead
National Library of Australia
Who will benefit
HASS researchers


Current Phase

In progress

ARDC Co-investment

The Challenge

Trove is the online platform owned and run by the National Library of Australia. It’s used by more than 30,000 people every day, including members of the HASS community, to access, create and analyse Australia’s cultural data.

Trove is an aggregation and shared repository of cultural collections from more than 900 gallery, library, archive and museum (GLAM) partners, including 41,000,000 pages of digitised collection material. Its content is fully searchable, opening new research questions for Australian humanities, arts and social science researchers to explore.

The Response

Our project, Trove researcher platform for advanced research, will add functionality to allow all researchers to engage with Trove’s collections in new ways.

Who Will Benefit

Improved access to Trove’s data collections will give HASS researchers in Australia a competitive advantage through data.

The Partners

The ARDC is continuing to collaborate with the National Library of Australia and the Australian National University to ensure thorough consultation and the development of a robust product.

A Research Panel was appointed in May 2022. The Research Panel is providing independent advice to the HASS RDC Program Manager and the independent advisor relating to the delivery and efficacy of the Trove Researcher Platform. The Panel provides domain knowledge, independent critical thinking and analysis for suggested project activities.

Consultation for this project will continue in 2022.

Past consultation includes:

  • May 2022 – Roundtables to inform the project plan
  • 5 November 2021 – Revised project plan and video published for consultation.
  • 10 November 2021 – Roundtable to seek further feedback on the Trove project plan, look at whether researcher needs are being met by the plans, and identify any capability gaps and note them to inform any future investment. The Advisory Panel was in attendance. 
  • 17 November 2021 – Submissions closed for feedback on the Trove project plan.

Target Outcomes

This project will produce a robust platform that provides researcher portals into Trove as well as tools for visualisation, entity recognition, transcription and geocoding across Trove content and other corpora.

Key Resources

Read the decision making framework for co-investment in the HASS Research Data Commons program

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