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Australian Trade Union Heritage Gateway

Researchers and Research Groups

  This project was led by Mr Michael Piggott, University Archivist at the University of Melbourne. Other Chief Investigators were Dr Sigrid McCausland, University Archivist at the Australian National University, Michael Organ, University Archivist at the University of Wollongong, Professor Sue McKemmish, Monash University and Gavan McCarthy, Director of the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre. The project manager was Bruce Smith.
Funding

Australian Research Council -Research Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities (RIEF) Grant: $100,000 in 2001

Cash and in kind contributions totalling approx $125,000 from industry partners: University of Melbourne Archives, Australian National University, University of Wollongong, Monash University School of Information Management and Systems and Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre.

Research Aims
The Australian Trade Union Heritage Gateway project aimed to remedy a significant gap in scholarly research infrastructure for unions and industrial relations by developing the first nationally accessible Web gateway to archival resources relating to Australian trade unions. The project also aimed to test emerging Australian and international archival metadata standards for resource discovery and publication on the Web.
Project Overview

Archival records of trade unions in Australia are scattered between a number of university archives, state libraries and state archives. This project arose out of a recognition that there is no central access point to the information about these collections, and that those access points which are available to researchers lack the contextual detail necessary to fully understand the records.

The project therefore sought to develop a database of structured data about Australia's trade unions and their archival records and to establish a web based 'front end' gateway providing online browse and search facilities.

Information about trade unions and their archival records was initially gathered from Parties to the Award: a guide to the pedigrees and archival records of federally registered trade unions, employer associations and their peak councils in Australia, 1904-1994 (published by Noel Butlin Archives Centre, ANU in 1994). Over time, the database will also incorporate information gathered by archivists working with state and regional trades hall councils, industrial registries and other libraries and archives which hold trade union records.

Status 
  This twelve month project was completed in early 2002.
Outcomes and Outputs
To see the results of this project, go to the Australian Trade Union Archives (ATUA) online gateway at: www.atua.org.au
Media release available at: http://www.unimelb.edu.au/ExtRels/Media/02media/02april10.html
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