Accelerate Your HASS and Indigenous Research

Accelerate Your HASS and Indigenous Research

Humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS) and Indigenous researchers in Australia are working to understand and preserve our culture, society and heritage. In doing so, they are also guiding and informing government and community service decisions, driving innovation, and creating new industries and regulatory frameworks.

Key to this mission is access to high-quality and trusted data, digital research infrastructure that enables sharing and reuse of the data, and tools that help with the creation, analysis and retention of the data.

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About the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC)

The Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) is building Australia’s research data infrastructure. We provide Australian researchers with access to national research data collections, cloud computing, platforms and data-intensive research skills training. 

For over 10 years, we have been providing services to researchers across Australia. We work with all universities in Australia, government agencies, overseas organisations and more.

Top 3 Resources to Accelerate Your HASS and Indigenous Research Now

Through our services and co-investment projects, we provide HASS and Indigenous researchers with access to datasets, free digital research tools and upskilling materials.

These include the following 3 resources – and you’ll find more further down:

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Datasets for HASS and Indigenous Research

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ARDC Research Data Australia

Find, access and reuse data for research from over 100 Australian data sources.

Research Data Australia is the ARDC’s portal to research data and associated projects, researchers and data services from more than 100 Australian data sources, including research organisations, government agencies and cultural institutions.

Research Data Australia offers access to data in such areas of interest to HASS and Indigenous researchers as:

Free Tools for HASS and Indigenous Research

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ARDC Nectar Research Cloud

Accelerate your research with cloud compute resources, software and data that can be accessed anywhere. Start your 6-month trial.

The Nectar Research Cloud allows fast, remote access to reliable computational capabilities, software and data.
Australian researchers can use the Nectar Research Cloud to develop and host services including databases, data repositories, web services and tools, and large-scale research platforms or virtual research environments.

We host services for earth and environmental science researchers on the Nectar Research Cloud, which can save time, boost your productivity, facilitate collaboration and give you added power to conduct your research:

Virtual Desktop Service

Access extra computing capabilities through any of the 6 desktops we offer, which you easily set up in minutes.

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Jupyter Notebook Service

Develop, combine and export computational notebooks and interactive visualisations in Python, R and SciPy.

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The Nectar Research Cloud also hosts digital services provided by ARDC-supported projects and other National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) facilities, including Australia’s spatial intelligence network AURIN.

Services include:

We provide hands-on cloud computing training for all researchers. Topics include getting started with the Nectar dashboard and basic security on the Nectar Research Cloud.

To access our cloud computing training, visit the Nectar Research Cloud Learning and Training Support Centre.

We Are Building the HASS and Indigenous Research Data Commons

We Are Building the HASS and Indigenous Research Data Commons

The ARDC is leading a $25 million investment from the Australian Government’s 2023 National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) funding round to support the development of enduring national digital research infrastructure for HASS and Indigenous researchers in Australia. The HASS and Indigenous Research Data Commons (HASS and Indigenous RDC) is helping institutions share data more freely, ethically and cooperatively, following the FAIR and CARE data principles as well as Indigenous data governance protocols.

The program brings together existing and ongoing investments to produce digital platforms that will improve access to Australia’s rich HASS and Indigenous data and provide innovative analysis tools. They include:

  • the Language Data Commons of Australia
  • Trove enhancements
  • Integrated Research Infrastructure for Social Sciences
  • Improving Indigenous Research Capabilities
  • the ARDC Community Data Lab.

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