The newly developed Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) 2018-2019 Annual Business Plan (ABP) has been welcomed by the Department of Education and Training. The plan aims to address challenges presented in the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap, as well as consolidate and maintain continuity of the historical accomplishments of ANDS, Nectar and RDS, while establishing solid foundations for the future. Although the scope of the APB is limited to the current financial year, it has been developed within the strategic context of the next five years.

Richard Northam, ARDC Interim Executive Director, said ‘the Annual Business Plan outlines the intent to retain the great outcomes of the ANDS, Nectar and RDS projects, as well as providing researchers with ongoing support. The ABP provides a basis on which to build the 2018-2019 implementation plan, set to be developed in the coming months. Subsequent to these activities, the ARDC will also be developing strategic and capital planning for the next 5 years, with an eye to the future beyond.

The ARDC will continue to play a leadership role within the research sector and work with partners to provide support for data-intensive, cross-disciplinary and global collaborative research. Furthermore, the ARDC will enable Australia’s researchers to find, access, contribute to and effectively use leading data-intensive eResearch infrastructure.

Over the course of the next two months the team will be developing the implementation plan in consultation with our partners.

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