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Congratulations on completing ANDS-funded project

Posted 30 July 2014

The Australian Antarctic Division has successfully completed its ANDS-funded project.

Congratulations on completing ANDS-funded project

Posted 24 July 2014

The University of Wollongong has successfully completed its ANDS-funded project.

Congratulations on completing ANDS-funded project

Posted 22 July 2014

The University of Sydney has successfully completed its ANDS-funded Marine Video project.

share issue 19 out now

Posted 26 June 2014

ANDS newsletter share issue 19 is out now.

Congratulations on completing ANDS-funded project

Posted 27 June 2014

The University of Sydney has successfully completed its ANDS-funded Brain and Mind Research Data Linkage project.

Congratulations on completing ANDS-funded project

Posted 26 June 2014

The University of Sydney has successfully completed its ANDS-funded Data Capture and Metadata Repository projects.

Congratulations on completing ANDS-funded project

Posted 17 June 2014

Macquarie University has successfully completed its ANDS-funded Metadata Store project.

Congratulations on completing ANDS-funded project

Posted 13 June 2014

The University of Wollongong has successfully completed its ANDS-funded project.

Congratulations on completing ANDS-funded project

Posted 13 June 2014

The University of Tasmania has successfully completed its ANDS-funded Redmap project.

Congratulations on completing ANDS-funded project

Posted 14 May 2014

Macquarie University has successfully completed its ANDS-funded Seeding the Commons project.

Congratulations on completing ANDS-funded project

Posted 6 May 2014

The University of Melbourne has successfully completed its ANDS-funded project: Founders and Survivors - Genealogical Connections.

Congratulations on completing ANDS-funded project

Posted 11 April 2014

Murdoch University's Centre for Comparative Genomics has successfully completed its ANDS-funded project.

Congratulations on completing ANDS-funded project

Posted 8 April 2014

The Queensland University of Technology Institute for Future Environments has successfully completed its ANDS-funded project.

Media release: Data to feed the world

Posted 28 March 2014

Data and science are the keys to food security for a projected population explosion of nine billion people by 2050, said Australia’s Chief Scientist Ian Chubb in his keynote speech at a major global conference on data in Dublin on Wednesday, 26 March.

 “[Australia’s] frequently articulated objective of being a [global] food bowl is an issue for science and it will generate data and the data will need to be shared,” said Professor Chubb.

 The global sharing and collaboration over research data had changed research practice substantially in the last decade, noted Professor Chubb, but this was essential: “Solutions to these problems cannot be achieved by one country or researcher alone. Global challenges will only be solved by global research endeavour.”

But Professor Chubb warned: “Countries cannot expect access to data without being contributors to the data pool.“

“Whether the global challenges are about managing our food and water assets, saving our biodiversity, predicting high impact weather disasters or addressing health issues, it’s all about data.”

His comments were made before 470 international scientists and researchers attending the Research Data Alliance (RDA) Plenary to discuss global data sharing issues. RDA supports global data sharing without barriers.

The conference is a joint endeavour between Ireland and Australia, and representatives of both governments opened the conference, including Australian Ambassador to Ireland, Her Excellency Dr Ruth Adler.

The Australian National Data Service (ANDS), tasked with ensuring Australia’s publicly funded research data is accessible and reusable, organised the conference alongside its European counterparts.

Key conference sessions included examining the importance of data sharing for the development of agriculture globally, marine data management, and how to address the needs of the overall scientific community in collaboratively utilising large volumes of data.

ANDS, through which Australia supports the Research Data Alliance, is funded under the Australian Government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).

Full media release

share out now!

Posted 28 March 2014

Read the latest issue of ANDS newsletter share.

Congratulations on completing ANDS-funded project

Posted 20 February 2014

University of New South Wales’ National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit has successfully completed its ANDS-funded project.

Worldwide exposure for Australian data

Posted 18 February 2014

Australian research collections are now discoverable through WorldWideScience.org.

As part of the new collaboration between ANDS and the WorldWideScience Alliance, Australian research data collections are included in the federated search services of WorldWideScience.org from January 2014.

This is part of an ANDS strategy to syndicate information in Research Data Australia widely through search engines, libraries and information systems providers. By registering information once with ANDS, contributing organisations get coverage in many diverse systems.
 
WorldWideScience.org is a global science gateway, developed and maintained by the WorldWideScience Alliance. Users have one-stop, real-time access to more than 500 million pages of science information in approximately 100 national scientific databases from more than 70 countries.

WorldWideScience.org searches the databases simultaneously, delivering a consolidated, relevance-ranked results list. Offering ground-breaking, multilingual search capabilities, users can search and translate scientific literature in 10 languages. A variety of databases are searched, and results are segmented by format, enabling the user to locate text-based information, multimedia, and datasets.

ARC moves on research data

Posted 12 February 2014

Recent updates to Australian Research Council funding rules and application templates bring research data into the spotlight. Funding applications for ARC National Competitive Grants must now include a brief data management plan.  

The new funding rules also remind applicants of their obligations to maintain research data and strongly encourage depositing data in "an appropriate publicly accessible subject and/or institutional repository".

The ARC have released a full statement on the rationale behind these research data related changes.

The updated ARC FAQ's provide guidance on the data management plan requirements (see page 8). Examples of the updated application templates (description of project) and funding rules (A11.5) are available online.

ANDS is well placed to assist individuals and institutions in understanding more about data management. We have a range of guides as well as active projects in many institutions.

For further information, visit the Funder Requirements and Data Management pages on the ANDS website, or email contact@ands.org.au

New ANDS positions advertised

Posted 13 November 2013

ANDS is seeking to recruit two Data Librarians currently advertised on the Monash University website here and one (Senior) Data Policy Advisor advertised on the Australian National University website here.

Congratulations on completing ANDS-funded project

Posted 8 July 2013

University of Queensland has successfully completed its ANDS-funded project.

Congratulations on completing ANDS-funded project

Posted 8 July 2013

Monash University has successfully completed its ANDS-funded project.

Congratulations on completing ANDS-funded project

Posted 8 July 2013

Griffith University has successfully completed its ANDS-funded project.

Congratulations on completing ANDS-funded project

Posted 8 July 2013

Queensland University of Technology has successfully completed its ANDS-funded project.

Congratulations on completing ANDS-funded project

Posted 8 July 2013

James Cook University has successfully completed its ANDS-funded project.

Congratulations on completing ANDS-funded projects

Posted 27 June 2013

The Australian National University has successfully completed its ANDS-funded projects.

Congratulations on completing ANDS-funded project

Posted 20 June 2013

The Australian Catholic University has successfully completed their ANDS-funded Project.

Congratulations on completing ANDS-funded projects

Posted 11 June 2013

The University of Ballarat and Macquarie University have successfully completed their ANDS-funded Projects.

ANDS Software - Release 10

Posted 16 May 2013

The enhanced versions of Research Data Australia and ANDS Registry are now available. Visit ANDS Software - Release 10 for an overview of the changes, or ANDS Online Services News for further information. 

Congratulations on completing ANDS-funded project

Posted 13 May 2013

The University of Adelaide has successfully completed the ANDS-funded Research Metadata Store Project.

Congratulations on completing ANDS-funded projects

Posted 12 April 2013

The University of Sydney has successfully completed their ANDS-funded projects.

Position Advertised: ANDS Partnerships Programs Manager

Posted 3 April 2013

The ANDS Partnerships Programs Manager position is currently being advertised on the Monash University website. Please apply online.

The closing date for applications is 11 April 2013.

Congratulations on completing ANDS-funded projects

Posted 7 March 2013

The University of New South Wales, the University of Western Sydney, and Griffith University have successfully completed their ANDS-funded projects.

US Government Expands Open Access Policies

Posted 6 March 2013

In a memorandum on 22 February from John P. Holdren, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Obama Administration has announced its intention to increase the amount of government information available to the public.

The Administration is committed to ensuring that, to the greatest extent and with the fewest constraints possible and consistent with law and the objectives set out below, the direct results of federally funded scientific research are made available to and useful for the public, industry, and the scientific community.  Read more>>

Another prize for Griffith's Research hub

Posted 1 March 2013

Hot on the heels of winning the prestigious 2012 Vala Award, Griffith University’s Information Services’ eResearch Services team has been recognised by Stanford University for their work with the Griffith University Research Hub by being awarded a commendation of merit as part of their SPIRL prize to recognize and celebrate innovation in research libraries.

The Research Hub, co-funded by ANDS and Griffith University, was launched in June 2012 following a 12-month development stage, and allows users to search for Griffith’s academic staff, their publication histories and research projects.

For more information visit the Griffith University website.

Congratulations on completing ANDS-funded project

Posted 27 February 2013

The Council of Australasian Museum Directors, the Powerhouse Museum and Museums Australia have successfully completed the ANDS-funded project, the Museum Metadata Exchange. Read More >>

Congratulations on completing ANDS-funded project

Posted 13 February 2013

Monash University has completed their ANDS-funded project

Issue 15 of share

Posted 11 February 2013

Issue 15 of share: the newsletter of the Australian National Data Service is out now.

This issue focusses on a number of profiles of institutions transforming the way they meet their research data ambitions.  Read share: Issue 15

Congratulations on completing ANDS-funded projects

Posted 11 January 2013

Monash University, University of Adelaide, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and the University of Queensland have completed their ANDS-funded projects

Redmap goes national

Posted 13 December 2012

After focusing on Tasmanian waters since 2009, today Redmap is going national, launching the new and improved redmap.org.au, allowing people from all over Australia to log their ‘fishy’ sightings! Read more >>

Award for Research Hub

Posted 30 November 2012

Griffith University’s Information Services’ eResearch Services team has been recognised for their work with the Griffith University Research Hub by taking out the prestigious 2012 VALA Award, in Melbourne earlier this week.

The Research Hub, co-funded by ANDS and Griffith University, was launched in June 2012 following a 12-month development stage, and allows users to search for Griffith’s academic staff, their publication histories and research projects. For more information visit the Griffith University website.

TPB in WIRED

Posted 28 November 2012

The Proteome Browser (TPB) - developed by Monash University - was recently highlighted in WIRED magazine’s what's hot in 2013 special edition: "The WIRED World in 2103". The article, The Human Proteome, looks at the chromosome-centric human proteome project (C-HPP), an initiative of the Human Proteome Organisation (HUPO), aimed at cataloguing protein information arising from the plethora of worldwide proteomic based studies using a gene- or chromosome-centric strategy. Read more >>

ANDS Online Services Release 9

Posted 22 November 2012

The implementation of ANDS Online Services Release 9.0 is now complete and all ANDS Services (including Research Data Australia, Identify My Data, ANDS Collection Registry and Cite My Data) are now back online. Read more >>

Congratulations on completing ANDS-funded projects

Posted 19 November 2012

ANSTO and the Australian Synchrotron has completed their ANDS-funded projects

Congratulations on completing ANDS-funded projects

Posted 14 November 2012

CSIRO and CQU have completed their ANDS-funded projects

eRes... it's a wrap!

Posted 14 November 2012

eResearch Australasia has once again come and gone. This year was reported to be the biggest and most successful conference yet. For ANDS that certainly is the case!  A special mention goes out to Anna Gerber who won the Developer’s Hack finals... Read more

Stories of Australian Science 2012

Posted 26 October 2012

ANDS has three stories featured in the 2012 edition of Stories of Australian Science: Mapping a future for Australian Birds, Finding pulsars in the archives, and Regular source of ocean data now underway.

The hardcopy will be hot off the press in time for eResearch Australasia, however the digital copy is already available. The ANDS articles are available on the Our Publications page and the whole collection of stories is available on the Science in Public website.

Issue 14 of share

Posted 26 October 2012

Issue 14 of share: the newsletter of the Australian National Data Service is out now.

This edition looks at research data as a strategic asset from the institution's perspective and contains feature articles including "Piecing together the eResearch puzzle" and "We all benefit from free public information", as well as a number of articles from ANDS partners on how their institution is treating data as a strategic asset. Read share: Issue 14

ANDS 2012-13 Business Plan

Posted 26 October 2012

ANDS' 2012-13 Business Plan as approved by DIISRTE is now available. Read more>>

eResearch Australasia 2012

Posted 19 October 2012

It’s nearly that time when Australia’s eResearch-y people get together to present and discuss projects and developments in the eResearch sector.

ANDS is presenting a number of sessions including “The Australian National Data Service – outcomes and achievements after 4 years” and “Data Citation: Stories from the Trenches”. We will also be involved in a variety of other sessions such as the “National Infrastructure Programs Panel”.  A full list of ANDS sessions is available on the ANDS Events page.

ANDS will once again be hosting a booth: a meeting place for delegates and ANDS staff.
So come along, meet the ANDS team, chat to your Client Liaison Officer and join us in celebrating ‘Better Data’!

Join the ANDS conversation on Twitter by following and using #andsdata and don’t forget to join the eResearch conversation on Twitter when at the conference by following and using #eres2012.

For the full conference program visit the eResearch Australasia 2012 website.

Developers events at eResearch

Posted 19 October 2012

In an eResearch first, ANDS, NeCTAR and RDSI are joining forces to host three events designed to get developers, designers and their managers involved in the conference as well as providing them with the opportunity to hear about other projects, network and share ideas.

The events include:

  • The Hardware Hack event: Internet of Instruments—Sun 28 Oct
  • The Developers Lounge—throughout the conference
  • The Challenge—winners announced in the closing session on Wed 31 Oct

To register or for more information on these events please visit the conference website.

Monash publishes raw data

Posted 3 October 2012

Monash University School of Biomedical Sciences recently published ground breaking research, including the raw data and images. Read more >>

Congratulations on completing ANDS-funded projects

Posted 18 September 2012

Deakin University, Griffith University, and the University of Tasmania, have all completed their ANDS-funded projects

More bang for your registration buck

Posted 14 September 2012

ANDS and the Ex Libris Group are pleased to announce their recent agreement to syndicate the metadata in Research Data Australia, and make it accessible to researchers through the Ex Libris portal, Primo Central. Read more >>

Melbourne office moving!

Posted 29 August 2012

As of Monday, 3 September, ANDS' Melbourne office will be located at Monash University's Caulfield Campus.

The new address is: Building F, Level 6, 900 Dandenong Road, Caulfield East, VIC 3145. All other contact details will remain the same.

The move is taking place this Friday, 31 August, so if you are trying to get hold of a Melbourne based staff member this Friday, there may be a short delay in replying, due to the move. We will respond as soon as we are able to do so.

Congratulations on completing ANDS-funded projects

Posted 28 August 2012

Deakin University, Griffith University, the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (University of Queensland), Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF) and the University of Technology Sydney, have all completed their ANDS-funded projects

Benefits of data sharing

Posted 23 August 2012

Making discoveries with someone else’s data

It used to be the case that researchers had to collect their own data and run their own research facilities. Now, data sharing has made it possible to conduct groundbreaking research based on publicly available data. The National Institutes of Health data repository of genomics data, Gene Expression Omnibus, holds over 850,000 data sets that can be mined and downloaded. A Stanford professor and his researchers have used this data to identify a range of possible interactions between drugs and gene expression (described in an article published earlier this year). This demonstrates the power of discovering and reusing data, something that ANDS is committed to.

DFG Strategy Paper

Posted 10 August 2012

ANDS has been working on data issues with a number of national research infrastructure groups in Europe for a couple of years now. One of these groups, the German research foundation Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), has just released the strategy paper. Read more >>

IP principles and data use

Posted 7 August 2012

ANDS recently submitted feedback on the draft National Principles for Intellectual Property Management for Publicly Funded Research Conducted in the Public Sector, to the Commonwealth Committee on Innovation.

Our submission puts the case that there are significant benefits and opportunities in exploiting research data by licensing it, especially CC-BY, and placing it in repositories such that it can be reused by other researchers, government and industry, rather than protecting data for individual benefit.

It is anticipated that the draft principles and relevant submissions will be made public on the DIISRTE website in the near future. The ANDS submission is available for download here.

Issue 13 of share

Posted 31 July 2012

Issue 13 of share: the newsletter of the Australian National Data Service is out now.

This issue looks at the researcher perspective and impact of research data infrastructure. This edition includes feature articles on enabling new and more efficient research and also enabling new international partnerships, as well as a number of contributions from ANDS staff. Read share: Issue 13.

STM-DataCite Joint Statement

Posted 30 July 2012

The International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical (STM) Publishers have recently signed a joint statement with DataCite, which encourages publishers and data centres to link articles and underlying data. Read more >>

How much does it cost to store knowledge?

Posted 26 July 2012

At the recent Nordbib conference 'Structural frameworks for open digital research', the Knowledge Exchange hosted a workshop on cost models for keeping the results of scientific and scholarly research. Six projects from four countries presented the work they had done on costing the preservation of knowledge. At present, these models are being developed in various institutes in parallel. While it is valuable to share and to prevent duplication, it was clear that institutions have diverging requirements for the functionality, coverage and granularity of a costing model. This makes comparisons difficult. The meeting felt it would be valuable to have a simple lowest denominator model as a standard of comparison, a bit like the OAIS for archival storage. This generic model could also help inform storage decisions, for example whether to keep data in-house or store data in the cloud.

The report, presentations, and a list of participants are available online.

Royal Society report

Posted 23 July 2012

The Royal Society has released its final report on Science as an open enterprise. Data issues are central to the report and they feature in nine of the ten recommendations. Read more >>

Griffith’s Research Hub is Live!

Posted 13 July 2012

ANDS congratulates Griffith University on the launch of its Research Hub.

The Hub—which was seeded with ANDS funding and incorporates the ANDS-funded Metadata Hub—provides rich connections between resident researchers, their publications, projects, research outputs and activities. People looking for experts and potential postgraduate research supervisors at Griffith University can do so by searching by keyword, discipline, name or field of research expertise.

For more information about the Hub Visit: http://research-hub.griffith.edu.au/about

Congratulations to the University of Melbourne

Posted 29 June 2012

The University of Melbourne has completed their ANDS-funded projects.

James Cook University paves the tropical data way

Posted 26 June 2012

The Tropical Data Hub, launched by Minister Chris Evans in Townsville this month, was created by and is housed at James Cook University (JCU). The Hub has been designed to help researchers the world over to tackle global research issues and answer questions about the tropics that couldn’t be answered before. Read more >>

CSIRO's award winning Research Data Service

Posted 19 June 2012

ANDS congratulates CSIRO's Information Management & Technology team in winning the 2012 Excellence in eGovernment Awards: Project and Program Management Category, for their Research Data Service program. Read more >>

Congratulations to Monash University and the University of Melbourne

Posted 15 June 2012

The Monash University and the University of Melbourne have both completed their ANDS-funded projects.

Congratulations to the University of Newcastle and Latrobe University

Posted 8 June 2012

The University of Newcastle and Latrobe University have both completed their ANDS-funded projects.

RIF-CS Schema Change News

Posted 22 May 2012

Initial list of proposed RIF-CS schema changes are now available for review and comments. Read more >>

Have you noticed we’ve changed?

Posted 18 May 2012

We have updated the navigation structure of ands.org.au.

Much of the content remains unchanged, however it should now be easier to find. Any questions, ask your Client Liaison Officer or email web@ands.org.au.

International Author ID systems should connect

Posted 17 May 2012

The Knowledge Exchange, organiser of the Digital Author Identifiers Summit in London last March, has now produced a report and recommendations. Read more >>

MME Highly Commended

Posted 17 May 2012

Congratulations to the team at the Museum Metadata Exchange and the Powerhouse Museum. More information

Issue 12 of share

Posted 15 May 2012

Issue 12 of share: the newsletter of the Australian National Data Service is out now. The theme of this issue is Collecting our Research Data and includes feature articles on collecting and collections of research data, as well as a number of contributions from ANDS staff. More information

ANDS Service Release 7.3

Posted 8 May 2012

ANDS is pleased to announce that Service Release 7.3 will be available tomorrow, 9 May 2012 . This release includes a couple of bug fixes and some enhancements to the Cite My Data (DOI) Service. Read more >>

Congratulations to James Cook University and RMIT University

Posted 27 April 2012

James Cook University and RMIT University have both completed their ANDS-funded projects.

Congratulations to the University of Queensland and RMIT University

Posted 24 April 2012

The University of Queensland and RMIT University have both completed their ANDS-funded projects.

Congratulations to the University of Adelaide and University of Tasmania

Posted 23 April 2012

The University of Adelaide and University of Tasmania have both completed their ANDS-funded projects.

Draft of the ANDS 2012-13 Business Plan

Posted 12 April 2012

The draft of the ANDS 2012-13 Business Plan is now available.

TERN reuses ANDS software for Data portal

Posted 4 April 2012

ANDS has been working with the Australian Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) and developers from the Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Facility (QCIF) over the past few months to develop the new TERN Data Discovery Portal. More information.

Vocabularies and research data

Posted 3 April 2012

What are vocabularies? How do they support research? A new ANDS Guide has the answers. More information.

ANDS 2010-11 annual reports

Posted 28 March 2012

ANDS 2010-11 annual reports are now available from the website.

ANDS Service Release 7.2

Posted 14 March 2012

ANDS is pleased to announce that Service Release 7.2 will be available on Thursday, 15 March 2012. This release includes a number of bug fixes as well as minor enhancements based on feedback received through the service desk. More information

Congratulations to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University

Posted 29 Feb 2012

ANSTO, Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University all have completed their ANDS-funded projects.

ANDS Service Release 7.1

Posted 13 Feb 2012

ANDS is pleased to announce that Service Release 7.1 will be available on Wednesday, 15 February 2012. This release includes a number of bug fixes as well as minor enhancements based on feedback received through the service desk, user acceptance and usability testing. More information.

Congratulations to Flinders University, Melbourne University and CSIRO

Posted 10 Feb 2012

Flinders University, Melbourne University and CSIRO all have completed their ANDS-funded projects.

Congratulations to La Trobe University

Posted 19 Jan 2012

La Trobe University has completed their ANDS-funded projects. More information can be found here.

Digital download of the new ANDS brochure is now available

Posted 13 Jan 2012

You can download the PDF version here. Printed copy available at contact@ands.com.au

Prototype Controlled Vocabulary Service is up and running

Posted 6 Jan 2012

The service is designed for Australian organisations managing research datasets that require use of controlled vocabulary terms in their data or metadata values. More information.

Congratulations to Monash University and Swinburne University of Technology

Posted 6 Jan 2012

Both Monash University and Swinburne University of Technology have completed their ANDS-funded projects.

ANDS Online Service Release 7.0 now available!

Posted 7 Dec 2011

The implementation of ANDS Online Services Release 7.0 is now complete and all ANDS Services (Research Data Australia, Identiy My Data, ANDS Collection Registry and Cite My Data) are now back online. More information.

National eResearch Architecture Taskforce Projects report

Posted 6 Dec 2011

At eResearch Australasia 2011, Paul Coddington, NeAT Program Manager, presented the National eResearch Architecture Taskforce Projects report, about the 14 projects undertaken as part of this ANDS-ARCS co-funded initiative. The projects covered a wide range of research activities and delivered robust and enduring advances in research tools. This report highlights the outcomes and benefits of each project. More information.

Congratulations to Edith Cowan University

Posted 7 Nov 2011

Edith Cowan University has recently completed an ANDS-funded project. More information can be found here.

Congratulations to Monash University

Posted 3 Nov 2011

Monash University e-Research Centre has recently completed one of their ANDS-funded project. More information can be found here.

Cost-benef​it study for public sector data

Posted 19 Oct 2011

A recent study commissioned by ANDS - undertaken by the Centre for Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University - has shown that the case for making public sector information freely available is strong. More information.

A Starring Role!

Posted 18 Oct 2011

An ANDS funded project was a recent winner at the prestigious CSIRO Awards 2011. The Parkes Observatory Pulsar Data Archive Team won the CSIRO Medal for Support Excellence for the development of a data archive that captures data directly from the CSIRO Parkes radio telescope, stores it and feeds metadata into the CSIRO repository, discipline portals and to Research Data Australia. The metadata can be viewed and the data acessed via Research Data Australia and the CSIRO Data Access Portal.

The team was a partnership between research scientists, librarians and IT staff in CSIRO and the combination of skill sets was a major factor in the success of the project.

2011 Information Policy Conference

Posted 5 Oct 2011

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s inaugural Information Policy Conference will be held on 15th November 2011, at the National Convention Centre, Canberra. Attend to find out about the progress of the open government reforms and contribute to developing a National Information Policy for Australia. More information and registrations can be found here.

Ross Wilkinson on AusGOAL

Posted 5 Oct 2011

The AusGOAL website now features a video of Ross Wilkinson, Executive Director of ANDS, explaining why licensing is important to ANDS and what the AusGOAL framework has to offer the research and innovation sector.  You can view the video here.   

To read more about what ANDS is doing on licensing, go to http://ands.org.au/publishing/licensing.html 

Congratulations to The University of Wollongong & The Centre for Health Informatics at UNSW

Posted 5 Oct 2011

Both The University of Wollongong and The Centre for Health Informatics at UNSW have completed their ANDS-funded projects.

ANDS Online Services Release 6.1

Posted 22 Sept 2011

ANDS launches a new version of ANDS Online Services - a new-look Research Data Australia and a new workflow for publishing records in the ANDS Registry. More information found on the ANDS Services News.

Congratulations to University of South Australia & Flinders University

Posted 6 Sept 2011

Both University of South Australia and Flinders University have completed their Data Capture projects.

ANDS is CC-BY

Posted 5 Sept 2011

In keeping with our mission to make data more open and accessible ANDS has agreed on a policy that means that materials published by ANDS on our web site will be done so under a CC-BY licence.

Migrating ARCS identity provider (IdP) sharedToken to your home institution's IdP

Posted 2 Aug 2011

To ensure continuous access to all the records and handles previously entered using an ARCS IdP account, users whose institution has recently been added as an AAF member should port or migrate their existing sharedToken to their institution's IdP. More information.

AusGOAL site official launch

Posted 13 Jul 2011

Earlier this week AusGOAL website went live online. ANDS is working with AusGOAL to enable an aspiration of the Australian Research Data Commons: that more data is re-usable.

AusGOAL is an open licensing framework designed to assist organisations to start by default from the most open licensing arrangements and work back from there as appropriate.

Read more about the launching of AusGOAL at their blog.

If you are a LinkedIn member, please join to participate and or leave comments here.

Australian mirror of EMBL’s EBI database launched last month at the University of Queensland in Brisbane

Posted 7 Jul 2011

A recent article in The Australian (02/07/11) highlights the launch of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) database in Australia, the first ever mirror of this database outside the UK.

ANDS has co-funded this project with EMBL Australia, the Queensland government, University of Queensland, the federal government and Bioplatforms Australia. The article is found here.

List of Repositories for Research

Posted 28 Jun 2011

DataCite, BioMed Central and the DCC are pleased to announce an international list of repositories for research data:

http://datacite.org/repolist

This is a work in progress and they encourage people to get in touch to suggest any additions or chages.They do not endorse any of the repositories and state that it is for information purposes only - but it is an impressive evergrowing list. Post a response at the ANDS community bulletin board here.

Monash University news - Cutting through climate data

Posted 24 May 2011

The ANDS funded ecosystem measurement project at Monash University has created a more collaborative research environment to track global climate change (details here). More information to follow in the next issue of Share.

Griffith University, Australia - Building an Institutional Discovery Layer for Virtual Research Collections

Posted 24 May 2011

A recent article in the ANDS quarterly newsletter Share (issue 8) featured the ANDS funded Griffith Metadata Exchange Hub. An article recently published in D-lib Magazine written by Malcolm Wolski, Joanna Richardson and Robyn Rebollo from Griffith University, Australia; provides further detail about the development of this system.

Prato workshop - April 2011

Posted 9 May 2011

In April, ANDS facilitated a three day invitational workshop at the Monash University Prato. The intention was to bring together research data infrastructure providers and stakeholder representatives in order to explore the potential for much closer collaboration and co-ordinated activity. Attendees came from the UK, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Canada, and Australia. Notable Australian attendees were Professor Paul Bonnington, Director of the Monash e-Research Centre and Linda O'Brien, Pro Vice Chancellor (Information Services). The result was a great deal of very productive discussion and a firm commitment to work much more closely together in very practical ways. More information to follow in the next issue of Share.

Data front and centre at DIISR-EU workshop

Posted 9 May 2011

ANDS was invited to lead a plenary session on data at a joint Department of Innovation and EU workshop held in Brussels on April 4th and 5th. The workshop was intended to facilitate co-operation between researchers in synchrotron science, microscopy, and ocean science. The data session preceded these individual breakout sessions and emphasised the importance of data issues, something that was picked up in much of the later discussion. More information to follow in the next issue of Share.

ANDS Online Services News

Posted 13 Apr 2011

Today ANDS launches a new version of ANDS core software. Research Data Australia now highlights NCRIS projects, and Register My Data has improved data entry screens. More information

ANDS in The Australian - Project Aims to Reuse Stored Primary Data

Posted 17 Mar 2011

Simon Caterson From: The Australian. March 16, 2011. Project Aims to Reuse Stored Primary Data "The ultimate aim of ANDS is to establish the infrastructure for an Australian research data commons, drawing on and servicing the research community."

Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) Achievement Award 2010

Posted 21 Jan 2011

Samantha Searle is the 2010 recipient of the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) Achievement Award, in recognition of her leadership in the field of research data management.

Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) launches new website

Posted 22 Nov 2010

The new Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) website is live: http://www.ala.org.au The development of the site provides access to an array of information on all Australia's diverse plant and animal species. The Atlas of Living Australia provides a great new way to access a key section of Australia's research data.

Oxford - ANDS Acknowledgement

Posted 16 Nov 2010

Oxford University has released new data management web pages http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/rdm/
The section, "What should be in a Data Management plan" acknowledges ANDS as the information source, citing components of the ANDS Data Management Plan.

For more information on Data Management Planning at ANDS, please see

Content Providers Guide

Posted 2 Nov 2010

New web version with RIF-CS changes, extra examples, and practical information about metadata development and harvesting.

ANDS at eResearch Australasia 2010

Posted 21 Sept 2010

ANDS will be at the eResearch Australasia conference to be held on 8-12 November on the Gold Coast More details

ANDS Roadshow goes to Townsville

Posted 14 Sept 2010

The last of the current series of ANDS Roadshows will be held in Townsville on Tuesday, September 21, at James Cook University. Further details and a registration form are available at http://ands.org.au/events/roadshow.html

National Research Vessels Publish Real Time Data

Posted 3 Sept 2010

Real time data is being published from the Research Vessels Southern Surveyor and Aurora Australis through the AODN and into the Australian Research Data Commons.More details at

ANDS Funded Genomic Data System Launched at UNSW

Posted 23 Jun 2010

Intersect recently launched their Innovation Project, aimed at centralising the effort of several institutions to make best use of new gene sequencing instruments. ANDS has funded automatic capture of metadata for these instruments. For more, please see here

ANDS Data Commons Boot Camp in June and August

Posted 30 Apr 2010

ANDS is inviting one member of the staff of institutions receiving contract funding through its Seeding the Commons Program to attend an intensive five-day training program.

Research Data Storage Project

Posted 14 Apr 2010

DIISR have invited submissions in response to a discussion paper on implementation models for the $50 million Super Science electronic research data storage project. Further details, including the discussion paper are available online.

ANDS Funded Projects

Posted 12 Apr 2010

ANDS has allocated $6.815 million dollars for "fast start projects", $1.805 million dollars for "NeAT projects", and $16.15 million dollars for data capture and seeding the commons projects at research institutions.

ANDS Content Providers Guide

Posted 8 Apr 2010

This non-technical guide describes the meaning and purpose of the information collected for publishing in Research Data Australia, and explains how to use the RIF-CS Schema to share that information with the ANDS Collections Registry.

ANDS Roadshow Comes to Melbourne

Posted 8 Apr 2010

The ANDS Roadshow will be held at the Melbourne Town Hall on May 10 and 11. Registrations are now being taken.

ANDS Needs Analysis Survey

Posted 29 Jan 2010

The ANDS Needs Analysis Survey is available for public comment. The results of public comments received will be incorporated into a revised version of the Needs Analysis Survey and used to develop an ANDS Services Roadmap.....

ANDS Roadshow to visit Canberra and Sydney

Posted 28 Jan 2010

The highly successful series of ANDS Roadshows will continue in Canberra on March 30 and 31, and in Sydney on April 19 and 20, 2010.

ANDS Infrastructure Project Plan Approved

Posted 27 Oct 2009

In the recent Federal budget ANDS was allocated $48 million from the Education Investment Fund (EIF) to create and develop an Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) research infrastructure. Over the last few months ANDS has been consulting with major stakeholders across the sector on the final form that this project will take.....

ANDS Community Bulletin Board

Posted 21 Aug 2009

An online discussion space has been created by ANDS to provide an environment for people to discuss issues around data sharing and data management.

ANDS Roadshow

Posted 13 Aug 2009

ANDS will be visiting all capital cities to hold workshops and events between September 2009 and May 2010.

ANDS releases first issue of 'Share: the newsletter of the Australian National Data Service'

Posted 30 Jul 2009

The Australian National Data Service (ANDS) is pleased to announce the release of the first issue of Share: the newsletter of the Australian National Data Service. This quarterly newsletter will feature stories about ANDS engagements, project updates, latest findings, conference reports and forthcoming events. ANDS hopes that members of the research community will find the newsletter both interesting and informative.

ANDS attracts new funding

Posted 21 Jul 2009

In the recent Federal budget ANDS was allocated $48 million from the Education Investment Fund (EIF) to create and develop an Australian Research Data Commons research infrastructure. In the coming months ANDS will be consulting with the sector on the final form that this project will take. A preliminary version of our intended focus areas is now available.

Collaborative Integration and Annotation Services for Australian Literature Communities (Aus-e-Lit) Project

Posted 16 Jun 2009

ANDS and ARCS are supporting a set of National e-Research Architecture Taskforce (NeAT) projects. One is building new services for Australian literature communities. The Aus-e-Lit Project commenced in July 2008. The Project's goal is to help AustLit users to discover, organise, describe, analyse, collaborate and communicate in a networked environment. The project team is working on several case studies
that will be used to inform the design of the new services. For example, collaborative annotation that assists literary analysis is being developed around Henry Lawson’s short story.

ANDS Launches two New Online Services

Posted 16 Jun 2009

ANDS has launched two new online services to support data intensive research and help build the foundations of a national and international global data commons:

Forums on institutional responses to the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research

Posted 16 Jun 2009

ANDS has held two information gathering forums on the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research to help us develop materials to take to the wider community.

Managing the data deluge

Posted 16 Jun 2009

ANDS will help Australian researchers handle the increasing amount and complexity of data, according to "The Australian" Higher Education Supplement.

Dr Ron Sandland appointed Chairman of the ANDS Steering Committee

Posted 10 Dec 2008

Professor Edwina Cornish, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Monash University has announced that Dr Ron Sandland will be the Chair of the ANDS Steering Committee.

Ron Sandland was previously CSIRO's Deputy Chief Executive.  He joined CSIRO's Division of Mathematics and Statistics in 1969 and became chief of the division in 1988, later managing its merger with the Division of Information Technology into what is now CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences.  In 1999 he became Deputy Chief Executive of CSIRO and led the Flagship Initiative.  This involved six major cross-disciplinary research programs and was aimed at addressing problems of a national priority.  Ron's interests have been in applying statistics to solve challenging real problems in areas as diverse as growth of organisms, analysis of 'mark-recapture' experiments, ore-reserve estimation and quality-improvement.

Ron Sandland will officially take up his appointment as Chair at the inaugural meeting of the ANDS Steering Committee in Melbourne on 17 December 2008

Dr Ross Wilkinson appointed as Executive Director, ANDS

Posted 10 Dec 2008

ANDS is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Ross Wilkinson as Executive Director of ANDS.  Dr Wilkinson joins ANDS from Monday 24th November 2008 and he will work from the Monash University office.

Dr Ross Wilkinson obtained his PhD in mathematics at Monash University in 1982.  After teaching in the United States and La Trobe University, he joined the Department of Computer Science at RMIT and worked there until 1997, when he joined the Division of Mathematical and Information Sciences at CSIRO as a Principal Research Scientist.  In 1998, CSIRO worked with the Victorian governments's Public Records Office to develop the Victorian Electronic Records Strategy (VERS), a framework to reliably and authentically archive electronic documents created in government.  Ross was the technical director of this project.  From 2000-2004 he was Science and Industry Manager and from 2005-2008 he led the Information Engineering laboratory at CSIRO.  During this time Funnelback, the Enterprise Search Company was a spin off from the Information Engineering Laboratory.

His principal research interests are in the area of information environments.  Some of his areas of research are document retrieval effectiveness, personal information delivery, structured documents, and the use of XML in document retrieval.  He has published over 80 research papers, has served on many program committees and was a program co-chair for both SIGIR'96 and SIGIR'98.  In 1998 he co-authored the book entitled Document Computing:Technologies for Managing Electronic Document Collections, published by Kluwer.  In the Australian National Data Service his passion is to enable more researchers to reuse research data more often.

Publication list

Posted 5 Jun 2008

The ANDS Technical Working Group helped to draw together Towards the Australian Data Commons in 2007. The ANDS Establishment Project reconvened the ANDS Technical Working Group for a consultation on Thursday 5 June, 2008. The group endorsed in principle the Draft Interim Business Plan for ANDS for 2008/9, but suggested a number of areas that needed further work and clarification. This work is now underway and will inform a second consultation round with a wider group (the ANDS Forum) in mid July