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28 February 2019


Release  31  of ARDC Online Services is scheduled for implementation on Tuesday,  2 April 2019 , between 8am and 12pm AEDT. This release implements a number of enhancements and bug fixes to the Research Data Australia Registry and Research Vocabularies Australia. Below is the list of all the changes planned for this release.

Research Data Australia

  • Remove Google share functionality 

Research Data Australia Registry

  • Allow users to auto populate the add registry object form by providing an OGC service URL 
  • Enable the registry to store and expose via OAI-PMH, multiple metadata formats for records 

Research Vocabularies Australia

  • Implement portal logging and indexing 
  • Remove Google share functionality

DOI Service

  • Migrate test accounts to the DOI Fabrica Test system 

The impact and requirements will be sent out prior to the release

soft release on Demo is happening on 1 April 2019. The following services will be intermittently unavailable during the soft release:

  • Research Data Australia
  • Research Data Australia Registry
  • DOI Service
  • Handle Service
  • Research Vocabularies Australia

Please schedule your activities accordingly. Feedback or comments should be sent to Thank you for your support.

28 February 2019

Dear DOI Users,

We are writing to inform you that DataCite have recently revised the way testing is carried out through their service. All testing activity is being transitioned from DataCite’s Production environment to their Test environment. As part of this change DataCite will also be phasing out the test prefix 10.5072.

The ARDC is planning to align it’s DOI service with these changes in Release 31, which is planned for early April 2019. The planned changes will only affect clients using the test prefix 10.5072 through their ARDC DOI Testing account. There are no impacts on ARDC DOI Production accounts and minting.

What the changes in Release 31 mean for you

  • As part of the release you will receive your own individual test prefix which will be mapped to your existing Test App Id.

  • Your new test prefix will be used when minting test DOIs via either the API or manual entry form. These DOIs will be accessible through the My DOIs page in the same way as the 10.5072 DOIs.

  • You will lose access to all DOIs minted with the test prefix 10.5072. These DOIs will eventually be deleted from both DataCite and ARDC systems.

Action required

For most clients the migration to the new testing arrangements will be automatic and no action will be required. If you fall under either of the two scenarios below, please get in contact with ARDC as the switch to your new test prefix should be coordinated to minimise the impact on your test systems.

  • If you have code (e.g. automated tests) that specifically uses the 10.5072 prefix, it will need to be updated to use your new test prefix.

  • If you have a software application containing built-in support for DataCite DOI minting services (e.g. Dataverse), that is configured to use the test prefix 10.5072, it will need to be updated to use your new test prefix.

Further information will be provided as part of Release 31 communications. In the meantime if you have any concerns or would like further information please contact




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