Providing foundation infrastructure

The ARDC will deliver on infrastructure priorities by establishing partnerships with key stakeholders to focus effort on:

  • Ensuring maximum benefit is derived from existing resources, particularly Research Data Services (RDS) data collections
  • Ensuring the evolution of our computational resources meets our stakeholders’ needs and further encourages and facilitates collaboration and translation
  • Developing reliable measures of impact, to report on the effectiveness of our investments and guide future strategy
  • Investigating, developing and supporting sustainable funding models.

Data retention

The Data Retention project is a three year ‘stakeholder partnership’ designed to increase the impact of investment in underpinning infrastructure for national data collections.  Partnerships in the Data Retention project will leverage current research data management practices to enrich data collections with controlled and consistent metadata to drive the FAIR data principles.

The project is divided into three phases: 

  • Phase 1 2020-2023: A co-investment partnership will be invited from organisations who manage existing research data collections stored on legacy capacity. Partners are required to enrich these collections to a more FAIR state (defined as having ‘eligibility’ and ‘value’ metadata) during the course of the project.
  • Phase 2 2021-2023: A co-investment partnership will be invited from other eligible organisations who manage valuable research data collections. Partners are required to enrich these collections to a more FAIR state during the course of the project.
  • Phase 3 2022-2023:  We will assess project effectiveness and build an impact and sustainability model to inform strategic vision and future investment targets.

Refreshing ARDC’s Nectar Research Cloud

The aim of this activity is to refresh ARDC’s  Nectar Research Cloud compute and storage infrastructure to maintain the capacity required to meet the demand for cloud resources.

Completion of this activity will result in a national compute and storage infrastructure that provides the core functions to enable advanced information services, enhanced collaboration and the improved interoperation of research infrastructure.  These functions will include being able to:

  • host research applications in a scalable and flexible cloud environment
  • access a computational resource which complements existing and new supercomputing facilities
  • rapidly deploy and share innovative research applications.

Discovery activities

In order to Identify where ARDC investment is most effectively targeted, the Storage and Compute program initiated an open call for Storage and Compute project proposals.  These 10 activities were created to answer key questions and inform ARDC Compute and Storage infrastructure activities.  Read more about the successful activities here.