Monday, 24 September 2012

Australian Research Data

Research Data Australia, the flagship service of the Australian National Data Service (ANDS), provides a comprehensive window into the Australian Research Data Commons. The site acts as a portal or catalogue describing Australian data collections, and includes over 40000 collections from a wide range of contributers covering a wide range of subjects, including Austrlian history, society and economics. The data includes details of projects receiving Australian Research Council funding, so is a useful starting off point ofr a wide range of research.

Research Data Australia is described as an Internet-based discovery service designed to provide rich connections between data, projects, researchers and institutions, and promote visibility of Australian research data collections in search engines. ANDS seeks to bring about four transformations to data - unmanaged to managed, disconnected to connected, invisible to findable and single use to reusable - that will enable Australia's research data to become a national strategic resource to support better, more efficient and defensible research, and improved policy input. ANDS is funded by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) and the Education Investment Fund (EIF) Super Science Initiative.

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