Consultant (Software Informatics Infrastructure Priorities Report Activity)
The ARDC has a program of work built around implementing the National Agenda for Research Software (hereafter “the Agenda”). The Agenda provides a framework for working towards recognition of research software as a first-class output of research. The framework considers what is needed in terms of infrastructure, guidance, community and advocacy to tackle 3 challenges:
- making research software visible or seeing software
- shaping new software for the broadest applicable audiences
- sustaining existing research software that is valued and valuable.
Within the program is a project to make software more visible. We are seeking expressions of interest to deliver a component of that project in the form of a report.
The report we are seeking relates to identifying areas of infrastructure that will make software more visible. This includes infrastructure to facilitate:
- the capture and preservation of various forms of software as outputs of research
- discovery of these outputs and other software for use in research
- the ready reuse of discovered software.
During the validation phase of the Agenda, a general need for infrastructure for greater visibility of research software was identified, but specific use cases and possible example infrastructures were not.
In 2022, the ARDC conducted a survey to better understand how researchers find software so that future work could be informed by this. We engaged eResearch Consultant Frankie Stevens to analyse the results and deliver a report detailing the findings.
In early 2023, we began work to:
- define a set of use cases with reference to the output types (page 3) and stakeholders (page 4) defined in the final version of the Agenda
- propose possible infrastructures that might be delivered for Australia to meet these use cases in line with our strategic priorities.
This work will conclude in March 2023.
We are seeking a consultant who will take all the above outputs to the broader community for feedback, elaboration and identification of priorities and produce a report. In this report, they will combine that feedback and a synthesis of the outputs into a small set of recommendations for priorities in infrastructure development in line with our strategic priorities.
The Consultant for this activity will have:
- in-depth knowledge of the research environment and the challenges in developing informatics infrastructures – this knowledge can be for related output infrastructures like data or specific components like identifiers or repositories
- excellent communication and facilitation skills
- demonstrated experience working with research communities on common challenges to elicit requirements and priorities
- experience in research sector consultancy.
Considered favourably are:
- specific awareness of the needs in relation to informatics infrastructures for research software
- in-depth knowledge of impact tracking initiatives.
Tasks for Expression of Interest
- a timeline and cost for completing the report, broken down into milestones of delivery
- evidence with reference to the “Consultant” section of this page
- a statement on possible risks in delivering the report and mitigation measures
- a statement on your general availability to conduct the work
- any potential conflicts of interest.
Please direct any questions to the Software Program Manager via [email protected]. Answers to anything not covered here will be appended to this page before the deadline.
Submissions must be received before 12 noon (AEDT), Thursday 9 March 2023.
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