Moving towards FAIR data

Ms Angeletta Leggio1, Mr Keith Russell2, Dr Richard Ferrers3, Ms Kerry Levett4, Ms Sarah Brown5, Dr Rakesh David6, Dr Maude Frances7, Ms Sharyn Wise8, Dr Christopher McAvaney9, Ms Sharron Stapleton10

1Australian National Data Service, Caulfield East, Australia,

2Australian National Data Service, Caulfield East, Australia,

3Australian National Data Service, Caulfield East, Australia,

4Australian National Data Service, Adelaide, Australia,

5University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia,

6University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia,

7The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia,

8University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Sydney, Australia,

9Deakin University, Waurn Ponds, Australia,

10Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia


a) The Australian National Data Service (ANDS) is committed to making Australia’s research data assets more valuable for researchers, research institutions and the nation. In partnerships with institutions we have been working towards making data FAIR [1] (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable). With the support of three ANDS-funded programs; High Value Collections, Collection Enhancement Partnerships, and Connecting High Value Collections and NCRIS Capabilities, institutions developed collections across a number of disciplines. The aim of these collections was to help promote the strategic aims of the institutions, enhance the usage of data, enable the discovery of rich data, and to make optimal use of Australia’s research data infrastructure and National facilities.

b) This BoF session will showcases six collections and discuss how these institutions, through the projects, moved closer towards data that is FAIR. Presentations will be followed by a wider discussion on the challenges, learnings, and possible solutions in making data FAIR.

BoF duration – 60mins: 

  1. Presentations – 20mins. Six, three-minute lightning talks by each institution on their project.
  • Discussion – 35mins. Open discussion on the journey to making data FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable).

Stream: Managing, publishing and finding data.


  1. Guiding principles for findable, accessible, interoperable and re-usable data publishing version B1.0. Accessed 5 June 2017.


Angeletta Leggio is a Partnerships Programs Manager at the Australian National Data Service and has led a number of the funded programmes, including the Major Open Data Collections, High Value Collections, and currently a number of Data Enhanced Virtual Labs and Domain Research Data Cloud projects. Prior to joining ANDS she worked at various cultural heritage organisations in Australia and overseas, including the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, Museum Victoria, and the National Library of Australia. Angeletta has a keen interest in collection management, preservation, and digital asset management.

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