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

Convener: Ian Duncan1

1Acting Executive Director, ARDC, QLD,



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


Ian is the Acting Executive Director of the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC).  He has held roles including Director of the RDS NCRIS project, has led programs within ANDS, and has been Associate Director of Enterprise Support and Associate Director of Infrastructure and Operations at the University of Queensland, as well as founding, running, and selling his own Internet Payment Gateway company and ISP, and working for the Shell Oil Company and National Australia Bank. He has a degree in Economics and Politics, is married to a Professor researching Alzheimer’s Disease, has two fantastic teenage kids, and sees opportunities for collaboration, reinforcement, support, and excellence throughout the research sector and feels immensely positive and optimistic about the impact the ARDC, together with our partners, can bring about.

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