Welcome to ANDS Project Registry Site ...

ANDS is the Australian National Data Service and we are helping to build the "Australian Research Data Commons" a cohesive collection of research data resources from all Australian research institutions, to make better use of Australia's research data outputs.

ANDS is supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy Program and have been in turn funding various projects with Australian Universities and CSIRO partners to improve research data management policy and practice.

This site lists our major project programs. Please see the project list for detailed information about individual projects, including contact details, software and source codes if applicable.

Current Programs (2018 - )

Current programs are listed at the ANDS-Nectar-RDS website.

Completed Programs

Collection Enhancement Partnerships (2016 - 2017)

ANDS is continuing to work on increasing the value of existing collections; through sharing and making data open, but also through other transformations, particularly enhancing the usage of data. ANDS is engaging in partnerships with selected institutions and contributes a combination of effort and funds, through Collection Enhancement Partnerships. The resulting enhanced research data collections will enable research over richer data and promote the data assets of the institution.

Connecting High Value Collections and NCRIS Capabilities (2016-2017)

Building on the High Value Collections (HVC) program, ANDS partnered with fourteen institutions to connect Collections from the HVC program into national initiatives and other relevant NCRIS facilities. Most of these collections will be openly available, enabling the discovery of the rich data and making optimal use of national facilities.

High Value Collections (2016 - 2017)

The High Value Collections (HVC) program builds on open data collections where ANDS will partner with 25 institutions to form collections of strategic significance to them, which are tied into national initiatives and other relevant NCRIS facilities. Most of these collections will be openly available, enabling the discovery of the rich data being produced and making optimal use of national facilities. The highlight of this program will be building capability at the institutions and forming collections that exploit Australian research data infrastructure.

Institutional Research Data Capability (2015-2017)

Through the Institutional Research Data Capability Program ANDS has reached out to research organisations in areas that had not worked on research data through ANDS funded projects in the past. The organisations targeted in this program are the medical research institutes and the CRCs.

Trusted Research Outputs (2016 - 2017)

The Trusted Research Output projects are working with six of the NeCTAR VLs to capture and expose trust-enhancing information for a range of research outputs.

Trusted Data Repository (2016 - 2017)

Implementing a number of trusted data repository services for different disciplines. The intention is to improve the trustworthiness of data for these disciplines, and to learn what is needed to move beyond simple data storage services. A number of the projects will also use the RDA/WDS Trusted Data Repository checklist to inform their development activity and assess the resulting services.

ARDC Applications (2012 - 2014)

The Applications program aims to develop a range of compelling demonstrations of the overall value of the ARDC by bringing together a range of data sources combined with new integration and synthesis tools to enable new research or generate new policy outcomes.

Applications (2011 - 2013)

The Applications Program demonstrates value of connecting and providing services over data (24 projects, 30 institutions). The main community tools are Community Days, and the Apps Blog | instructions overview.

Data Capture (2010 - 2013)

The Data Capture program aims to simplify the process of researchers routinely capturing data and rich metadata as close as possible to the point of creation, and depositing these data and metadata into well-managed stores. Metadata will need to be held at both collection and object level in order to support re-use.

eResearch Infrastructure Connectivity Projects (2015 - 2016)

It is the goal of the National eResearch Infrastructure Projects to ensure better connections between the capabilities provided by the various national eResearch infrastructure providers and the needs of data intensive NCRIS capabilities. Specifically, this will involve connections between storage (typically collections held on RDSI nodes or other storage solutions), developing data-focused compute services (such as ones being developed through the NeCTAR Virtual Laboratories or other providers), and descriptions made available through Research Data Australia.

As a result, there will be connectivity between the data and the services, and the data will be maintained and visible.

Major Open Data Collections (2014 - 2015)

The aim of the Major Open Data Collections program is to develop internationally significant collections that provide institutions with a valuable opportunity to enhance its research data assets, enable new partnerships to be formed, and enable new data intensive approaches that address internationally significant research challenges.

Metadata Stores (2012 - 2014)

The Metadata Stores program aims to assist institutions and disciplines to better manage the collection and object level metadata associated with research data outputs and associated entities.

Metadata Stores Community: Metadata Stores describe institution research data (22 projects @ 22 Universities) using open software including VIVO (at University of Melbourne) and ReDBox. ANDS part sponsored community days in February 2012 (for VIVO) and March 2012 (ReDBox) to bring together institutions adopting the same software to build communities of practice, share experiences, and collaborate on extensions. ANDS provides Metadata Stores resources for VIVO and ReDBox communities to connect better, particularly the Metadata Stores Blog.

National eResearch Architecture Taskforce (NeAT) (2010 - 2012)

The National eResearch Architecture Taskforce (NeAT) projects were conceived as part of the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) under Platforms for Collaboration. They were designed as a way of creating infrastructure that responded directly to the needs of particular discipline communities.

NodeConnect (2014 - 2016)

ANDS is working with its partners to create a more connected system between researchers who produce and use research data, the RDSI nodes that store the research data, and the institutions that have long term custodianship responsibility for the data, creating a rich Australian Research Data Commons. The aim of this program is to ensure that connections are established that will exchange rich descriptions of the data collections being held on the RDSI node with the responsible institution.

Open Data Collections (2014 - 2015)

The aim of the Open Data Collections program is to uncover, describe and make data collections openly available. This funding provides institutions with a valuable opportunity to explore the work required on making a data collection available.The data collection is can used as a showcase not only within the institution but also help provide visibility for research at the institution, which can enable new partnerships to be formed that address internationally significant research challenges.

Public Sector Data

Public sector data aims to make data and associated metadata available from government departments.

Seeding the Commons (2010 - 2014)

The aims of this program are to improve the fabric for data management in a way that will increase the amount of content in the data commons; and to improve the state of data capture and management across the research sector with a focus on the tertiary education sector, CSIRO and the NCRIS Capabilities.