Researcher Survey: How Do You Find Code for Research?

We're running a survey to explore how researchers in Australia find research software.
Three people gathering around a computer with code on the monitor, one of them typing

The ARDC has launched a survey to explore how researchers find research software.

The survey results will inform priority areas for the development of relevant infrastructure and facilitate researchers’ access to software they need. The ARDC has engaged eResearch Consultant Dr Frankie Stevens to produce a report detailing the findings of the survey, which will be published and presented at eResearch 2022.

The survey is anonymous, and will take around 10 minutes to complete. We kindly ask you to share the survey with your colleagues. The survey closes on 14 August 2022.

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Who should complete the survey?

We encourage all researchers in Australia to complete this survey.

We welcome responses from those working as a researcher full- or part-time in a university, research institution, industry, government or elsewhere.

There are also some additional questions for researchers who code. Researchers who code are those who write or maintain code for any part of the research process. This includes code that supports the publication of results, from small scripts, analysis code, and job scripts, to the implementation of theoretical methods, computational workflows and executables for others to use.

What does the survey ask?

The survey asks questions about the approaches people take to FIND code or research software to consume, reuse or adapt into their own research work.


The survey responses are anonymous. Respondents can optionally provide their contact details to receive the outputs of the survey or answer follow up questions. The ARDC will keep those details confidential in line with our privacy policy.

Why is the ARDC conducting the survey?

The ARDC views research software as a critical research enabler. We have established a National Agenda for Research Software in Australia to recognise research software as a first-class research output. This means that its value is recognised as fundamental to research. Making software visible is one of the actions of the agenda, to ensure researchers can find and access the research software they need to improve efficiency and reduce duplication of efforts.

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We thank you in advance for your participation in the survey, and kindly ask you to share it with relevant colleagues.

Learn more about our National Agenda for Research Software in Australia.

The ARDC is funded through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) to support national digital research infrastructure for Australian researchers.