The project extends and enhances existing frameworks for gathering large-scale data from the Australian Twittersphere into a national resource that can be made available to all Australian researchers. It builds on prior research and development efforts led by the QUT which established a collection of some 3 billion tweets by up to 3.72 million Australian Twitter accounts between the launch of Twitter in March 2006 to the present.

The project represents a prototyping stage focussing on three central and interrelated elements:

  1. continued development of the National Australian Twitter Collection (NATC) data gathering, processing, and storage architecture;
  2. recruitment of a sector-wide alliance of research and research services institutions supporting the NATC initiative;
  3. identification of legally and regulatory sound institutional frameworks for a future NATC entity.
Start date 23 July 2019
Expected completion date 21 October 2019
Investment by ARDC $50,000
Lead node
1 Report
Summary of the project, including project approach, FAIRness of the data, collaboration and lessons learnt
2 Presentation
Presentation of project findings at the Data and Services Summit

Core features

Community support and involvement
A strong sense of community support and involvement in developing answers to some of the more difficult questions our sector faces.
Ignite ideas and discussions
Enabling diverse stakeholders to engage in discussions and sharing of ideas.

Who is this project for?

  • Research organisations
  • Researchers

What does this project enable?

Projects in this area will contribute to determining what vision, governance structure and implementation program is necessary to create an Australian research data commons.

Handy resources

Queensland University of Technology
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University of CanberraVisit
University of MelbourneVisit
University of QueenslandVisit
University of TasmaniaVisit