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The Australian Research Data Commons - Transformation, Innovation, Acceleration and Sustainability Of The Australian EResearch System

Mr Ian Duncan

Australian Research Data Commons

Since 2004, the Australian Government has invested nearly $3.3 billion through the NCRIS program to deliver world-class research infrastructure. This has attracted more than $1 billion in co-investment from state and territory governments, universities, research facilities and industry. The NCRIS network supports national research capability through 24 active projects comprised of more than 200 institutions employing well over 1900 highly skilled technical experts, researchers and facility managers, providing services to over 40,000 domestic and international researchers.

The NCRIS developed 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap brought together the NCRIS ANDS, Nectar and RDS projects into a single entity in June 2018 with the establishment of the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC).

The ARDC strategy is evolving to set out the intent for the ARDC for the next 5 years. This plan is being developed with key partners and the community, building on the strengths of ANDS, Nectar and RDS, as a transformational investment, partnering to facilitate a coherent research environment that will enable Australia’s researchers to find, access, contribute to and effectively use leading data-intensive eResearch infrastructure to maximise research quality and impact. Ensuring Australia’s higher education students are empowered to discover, enable, and exploit these resources in both their studies and in developing research careers is key to our success.

This talk will outline the roadmap for the next 5 years and provides an opportunity for the community to engage with the ARDC on this journey and to identify opportunities partnership.