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ReDBox (Research Data Box) helps the research community describe and share information about research data collections. ReDBox has been designed to assist universities in bringing their research metadata under management, meeting the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, and interfacing with Research Data Australia, the national research data discovery system.

ReDBox provides a range of features:

  • Easy-to-use workflow and data entry forms

  • Creation of a variety of metadata formats

  • An OAI-PMH service for feeding collection metadata to various aggregators

  • Integration with systems such as institutional repositories

The associated Mint system provides name authority and vocabulary services to ReDBox (and your other software) as well as:

  • An OAI-PMH service for feeding metadata (such as parties, services and activities) to various aggregators

  • Interaction with the National Library of Australia’s identification service for individuals and groups

Both systems are built on an extensible plug-in model and provide interfaces that help you integrate ReDBox and Mint within your organisational infrastructure.


ReDBox is an open source project with a strong community focus. The following resources provide useful starting points for exploring ReDBox:

QCIF has created a ReDBox image which is available through the Nectar Research Cloud Images & Snapshots catalogue. Universities planning to use ReDBox are able to launch a virtual machine on the ARDC Nectar Research Cloud with the ReDBox software pre-installed.

ReDBox Support

An overview of ReDBox support and how to submit a support request can be found here. Universities with a current Support Agreement with QCIF are able to submit and track support requests through QCIF ReDBox Support.

QCIF provides vendor support for ReDBox on a commercial basis: download ReDBox Support Agreement.

Software history

The ReDBox product was originally an ANDS-funded software development (EIF040 and EIF048), in partnership with the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) and subsequently QCIF and CQUniversity.

The University of Newcastle has been a key member of the ReDBox community since the commencement of the project and has provided feature requirements, site-testing and documentation resources. Flinders University and Swinburne University of Technology have also provided valuable support to the project.

Find a listing of ReDBox users here.


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