In 2019, armed with two small ARDC innovation grants, Nick Thieberger (PARADISEC) and Peter Sefton (UTS eResearch) came together with their respective teams for a workshop where the Arkisto ideas were developed and started to be tested at scale.

UTS eResearch Team

The UTS eResearch team, comprising Peter Sefton, Mike Lynch and Moises Sacal Bonequi had already been developing RO-Crate tools and testing out ideas on how to model various datasets as RO-Crates. Furthermore, they had started work on using OCFL to create repositories of RO-Crates, creating the first javascript library to manage them.

They were at the forefront of the international RO-Crate community as editors and implementors, testing and refining new developments using real datasets. In addition, Mike Lynch's work on OCFL has seen him become a crucial member of the international OCFL community.


The PARADISEC team, comprising Nick Thieberger and Marco La Rosa, got together with the UTS folks in an intensive 2 day workshop learning about how to model data as RO-Crates and then how to create and work with OCFL based repositories.

This workshop led to the creation of the modern PARADISEC demonstrator that confirmed the ideas and technology are suitable at scale. In fact the demonstrator has led

The development of Arkisto

These initial innovation grants have led directly to the development of Arkisto as a foundational set of principles on how to manage research data.

That first meeting and subsequent efforts by these teams have seen them being recognised internationally as leaders in this space whilst resulting in international collborations with: