ARDC 2025: The Australian Research Data Cloud in 2025

Mr Peter Elford1, Dr Markus Buchhorn2, Dr Rhys Francis3

1AARNet, Yarralumla, Australia,

2AeRO, Canberra, Australia,

3eResearch Futures, Melbourne, Australia,


One of the major themes addressed at the 2017 AeRO Forum [1] was the Australian Research Data Cloud (ARDC) proposed in the (then draft) 2016 Research Infrastructure Roadmap [2]. This BoF is intended to provide an opportunity to continue the dialogue started at the Forum with a specific focus on collecting together expectations, concerns and opportunities for the ARDC. Led by members of the AeRO executive and others, the discussion is expected to explore how the ARDC could/should fit into the overall Australian e-Infrastructure landscape. There will be a particular focus on how the ARDC might interact with existing eResearch providers including NCI, Pawsey, AARNet, and the AAF, and with the universities, institutions and organisations that host the research communities we are collectively trying to serve. Attendees will be encouraged to consider what the ARDC will be like in 2025. It is hoped the BoF can focus on what might be possible rather than immediate next steps and its outputs might then assist the facilitation process identified in [2], and provide some pointers to how future investment will provide the greatest national research impact.

This BoF aligns to The Connected Researcher theme, but is likely to be of wide interest to all attendees.

[1] AeRO – Australian eResearch Organisations 2017 Forum,

[2] 2016 Research Infrastructure Roadmap,


Peter Elford manages AARNet’s relationships across a broad range of Federal and state government agencies, and AARNet’s engagement with the Australian research community. He is a strong and passionate advocate for the role Information and Communications Technology (ICT) plays in enabling globally collaborative and competitive research through ultra-high speed broadband connectivity.

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