The Australian Research Data Commons – Building on the foundations of ANDS, Nectar and RDS to become a transformational investment

Convener: Richard Northam1

Presenters: Ian Duncan2, Michelle Barker3, Adrian Burton4, Andrew Treloar5

1Interim Executive Director, ARDC, NSW,

2Director, ARDC, QLD,

3Director, ARDC, QLD,

4Director, ARDC, ACT,

5Director, ARDC, VIC,



A key recommendation in the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap1 was to bring together ANDS, Nectar and RDS projects into a single entity.  This was achieved in June 2018 with the establishment of the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC).

As part of the establishment of the ARDC, a strategic plan has been developed which sets out the strategic intent for the next 5 years.  This plan has been developed in consultation with key partners and the community, with the intent of building on the strengths of ANDS, Nectar and RDS as a transformational investment, partnering to facilitate a coherent research environment that will enable Australia’s researchers to find, access, contribute to and effectively use leading data-intensive eResearch infrastructure to maximise research quality and impact by developing a world-leading data advantage, facilitating accelerated innovation, fostering collaboration for borderless research, and enhancing researchers’ ability to translate their research into benefits for society.

This BoF will set out the roadmap for the next 5 years and provide an opportunity for the community to engage with the ARDC as it embarks on this journey as well as examine the opportunities for the ARDC to partner with NCRIS facilities, institutions and research communities.

Proposed Format

The session will start with a short overview presentation to set the scene following by a series of round tables focused around the ARDC strategic pillars, concluding with a panel discussion and summary.


  • Commonwealth Department of Education and Training, 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap, 2016


Richard is the Interim Executive Director of the Australian Research Data Commons.  Richard has had a particularly deep engagement with eResearch for a significant period of time and is very well known within the sector.  He is a current board member of the Australian Access Federation, a former board member of Nectar, RDS, EDUCAUSE and CAUDIT.  He was the inaugural RDS Director and has led programs within ANDS and was previously the CEO of CAUDIT.  As well as being active within the eResearch community, he is passionate about developing the next generation of leaders and is a faculty member of the South African and Hong Kong Leadership Institutes for IT Professionals working in higher education.

About the conference

eResearch Australasia provides opportunities for delegates to engage, connect, and share their ideas and exemplars concerning new information centric research capabilities, and how information and communication technologies help researchers to collaborate, collect, manage, share, process, analyse, store, find, understand and re-use information.

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