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Next Generation eResearch Services – Data for Research and Discoverability

Under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) the Australian Government established 27 projects and capabilities in support of the Australian research system.  Included within NCRIS program was the Australian National Data Service (ANDS), the National eResearch Collaborative Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) Project and the Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) Project which later evolved into the Research Data Services (RDS) Project.

In 2016 the Australian Government announced that NCRIS would receive AU$1.5 billion over 10 years as part of providing certainty and sustainable funding for the program.  Following this announcement the Australian Government commissioned the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap to support future investment decisions in research infrastructure.  The final outcomes of the roadmap appear likely to recommend that any future NCRIS program will include a single investment in Data for Research and Discoverability, encompassing ANDS, NeCTAR and RDS.  At the same time the roadmap has recognised the importance of the National Computational infrastructure(NCI), the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre (Pawsey), the Australian Academic Research Network (AARNet) and the Australian Access Federation (AAF) as important underpinning capabilities which should be tightly coupled with any investment in data.

This presentation will reflect on the learnings from the ANDS, NeCTAR, RDSI and RDS projects and discuss the future of eResearch services in Australia.  It will focus on the strategies and practical steps being taken to bring ANDS, NeCTAR and RDS together into a single data capability whilst ensuring that they are coupled with the services of NCI, Pawsey, AARNet and the AAF to create a world class data infrastructure for Australian researchers.

Editorial Note
The abstract has been written in advance of the release of the final report of the 2016 Roadmap but paints a picture of what will be the likely outcome.  The final outcome of the roadmap will be known in very early 2017 and if this submission is accepted the indulgence of the conference program committee would be sought to make any minor amendments to the abstract to reflect the recommendations of the roadmap etc