The Department of Education has recently engaged the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) to explore the establishment of a Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) Research Data Commons. This will be a key piece of work to help inform the upcoming Scoping Study for the Humanities, Arts and Social Science sector as the Australian Government works with the HASS research community to identify national research infrastructure requirements that can support their research. The Scoping Study was outlined in the 2018 Research Infrastructure Investment Plan.
The ARDC is very pleased for this opportunity to progress the sector’s continuing work with the Australian Government to enable new and transformative research in humanities, arts and social sciences. We will work with the HASS community to gather and refine information, strengthening existing relationships and building new ones, to deliver this project.
“We are looking forward to working with the humanities, arts and social sciences research community to help identify eResearch infrastructure and activities that will support improved discoverability, accessibility, and interoperability,” Rosie Hicks, Chief Executive Officer, ARDC said.
The work will be focussed on identifying common priorities, states of readiness, and opportunities to leverage existing investment to underpin future developments. Outcomes will focus on discoverability, accessibility, and interoperability for HASS data and research based on a research data commons model. We will start by working with existing initiatives and communities managing and using research assets and environments.
Key aspects of the project include:
- identifying and working with existing research communities and relevant initiatives to explore their priorities and readiness to participate in a HASS Research Data Commons
- mapping nationally significant HASS data collections
- scoping current states of, and any gaps in, discoverability, interoperability and accessibility for data driving HASS research in Australia
- scoping a potential definition of what HASS data should be considered nationally significant for the purposes of a HASS Research Data Commons
- advising on the implementation of a consolidated HASS Research Data Commons.
The project will take place between now and June 2020, with findings and outputs to be tested through community consultation. The outcomes of the project will feed into the next Research Infrastructure Roadmap.
The humanities, arts and social sciences community has been working in various ways towards development of a national scale research infrastructure, and the ARDC appreciates the opportunity to advance these discussions.