Collaborating with partners from governments, research institutions and industry, the ARDC will develop projects that help address societal problems by removing barriers to the access, analysis and curation of data. Projects will be problem based, national scale, collaborative, unique, enduring and integrative across technological, cultural and organisational silos.
The Translational Research Data Challenges approach starts with a pressing societal problem, such as disaster resilience, crop yields or obesity. Through stakeholder consultations, key data challenges will be identified – such as data scale, sensitivity, availability and usability – that currently impede the advancement of solutions to these societal problems. Projects will focus on the development of digital infrastructure solutions, drawing on capabilities such as quality data collections and analytic platforms, underpinning compute and storage, informatics and data science expertise, as well as relevant governance and policy frameworks.
Translational Research Data Challenges projects are:
Bushfire Data Challenges
The recent drought, bushfire and pandemic disasters presented enormous challenges for Australia. They highlighted the need for systemic information infrastructure to contribute to the analysis, response and management of such crises, as well as to monitor the long-term impacts.
In response to this acute demand, the ARDC identified ‘Disaster Resilience and Risk Reduction’ as the focus for a Translational Research Data Challenge, with an initial focus on the impact area of ‘Bushfires’.
Food Security Data Challenges
Long-term strategies are needed to ensure Australia has a resilient and sustainable food industry that maintains its reputation in delivering high quality food nationally and internationally. The food industry is a strong contributor to the Australian economy.
To enhance research into food production, supply, consumption and waste, the ARDC launched the Food Security Data Challenges. The program will address the challenge of sustainable development, with an initial focus on food security.