Software is pervasive in modern life and Australia’s research sector is no different. Most researchers say their work wouldn’t be possible without the use of software. Despite this, research software is often an invisible part of research. Produced quickly within fixed funding windows, it’s often not maintained beyond that initial time frame.
Software is not recognised as a first-class research output in the same way our journal papers and datasets are. Yet it deserves to be.
Making research software a first-class research output ensures Australia can maximise the value that software represents. Making software creation and use more visible increases trust in research processes. Shaping cutting-edge research software for broadest and easiest use and reuse at the point of creation means research software can more immediately translate into benefits for the economy, environment and society. Sustaining valued research software means it can become resilient and continue to provide those benefits.
Our research software program began with an activity to define a national agenda for research software and validate it with the community. Informed by priorities raised during community validation, we’re now applying that framework to subsequent projects designed to see, shape and sustain research software.
Separate but complementary activities to build areas of infrastructure, guidance, community and advocacy further break these projects down into a series of activities.
We’re seeking partners in a range of activities. We have community activities for each project, as well as additional events, and other activities.
Use the form below to contact us about potential collaboration aligned with the program areas you’re interested in.
Recognising software as a first-class output of research is a massive change to existing practice. We anticipate this will take many years to achieve and will require a broad range of activities that drive and adapt to change as it happens.
We see a future in which:
- research software is visible and valued, fit-for-purpose with pathways to being maintained
- research software creators can access the skills, support and recognition they need to build meaningful and fulfilling careers
- research software policy and processes will exist, reflecting these new practices.
Read the final National Agenda for Research Software.
Contact the ARDC
- Shaping Research Software: An Interview with the predictNMB Team
- New Self-Assessment Tool to Promote FAIR Research Software
- Funding Research Software Sustainably
- Shaping Research Software: An Interview with Roozbeh Valavi
- Shaping Research Software: An Interview with Manodeep Sinha
- Dr Minh Bui and Prof Robert Lanfear Win Inaugural ARDC Eureka Prize for Research Software
- Finalists Announced for the ARDC Eureka Prize for Excellence in Research Software
- Shaping Research Software: An Interview with Matthew Sainsbury-Dale and Andrew Zammit-Mangion
- Shaping Research Software: An Interview with Dr Adam Sparks
- Shaping Research Software: An Interview with Catherine Bromhead
- Shaping Research Software: An Interview with Cynthia Huang
- Shaping Research Software: An Interview with Dr Marcel Keller
- Shaping Research Software: An Interview with Melina Vidoni
- Entries Now Open: The ARDC Eureka Prize for Excellence in Research Software
- Let’s Make Research Software a First Class Research Output
- Nurturing Research Software Capability in Australia