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ARDC data retention project building the foundation of impact in eResearch infrastructure

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posted on 2021-02-26, 00:01 authored by Max Wilkinson

The Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) believes that to maximise the impact of research data output of meritorious research, researchers must have timely access to high quality data collections stored on stable and persistent infrastructure. A primary framework to deliver this outcome are the FAIR data principles as applied to content, specifically valuable national data collections. Through partnerships with eligible organisations, the Data Retention Project focuses on the F, A and R aspects of FAIR and lays the foundations that embed incentives in both business and data management practices.

Partnerships in the Data Retention project will embed contemporary research data management processes that enrich data collections with controlled and consistent metadata into common infrastructure business models.

This presentation will discuss the challenges of bridging the gap between information management and service provision in the context of the ARDC strategic vision and explain the approaches we have taken to realise the benefits to the Australian research sector.


Dr Max Wilkinson has worked for 20 years in the research data management, research data governance and research infrastructure domains. For the last 5 years he has provided services to numerous eResearch organisations in Australiasia including the National eScience Infrastructure (NeSI), Council of New Zealand Research Librarians (CONZUL), AgResearch, eResearch 2020, MBIE, the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) and Microscopy Australia. Prior to this he lived in the UK, most recently as Head Of Research Data and Network Services at University College London, the Datasets Programme Manager at the British Library and Informatics coordinator at the NCRI. He received his PhD in Molecular Nephrology from UCL in 2003.


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