Australian National Data Service

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The Australian National Data Service (ANDS) was established in 2008 to help address the challenges of storing and managing Australia's research data, and making it discoverable and accessible for validation and reuse. It is a joint collaboration between Monash University, The Australian National University and CSIRO.


ANDS is funded by the Australian Department of Education. The funding has been provided through Australian Government's National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) as part of the Platforms for Collaboration Investment Plan.[1] The NCRIS roadmap emphasized the vital importance of eResearch Infrastructure to Australian future research competitiveness.[2] In mid-2009 ANDS was further funded by the Education Investment Fund (EIF) for the establishment of the Australian Research Data Commons under the Australian Government’s Super Science Initiative.[3]

Research Data Australia[edit]

Research Data Australia (formerly the ANDS Collections Registry) is an online discovery service run by ANDS.[4][5] It allows researchers to publicise the existence of their research data and enable prospective users of that data to find it.

Research Data Australia makes use of the ISO 2146-based RIF-CS metadata standard.[6]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Platforms for Collaboration". Archived from the original on 2011-07-02. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  2. ^ "eResearch Infrastructure". NCRIS. Retrieved 25 June 2011. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Super Science Initiative". DIISR. Archived from the original on 1 June 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Research Data Australia
  5. ^ ANDS Collections Registry Archived March 2, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ About RIF-CS