Research Vocabularies Australia (RVA) Review – Development roadmap

RVA Review – Development Roadmap [PDF, 414KB]

The Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC), sought the assistance of CSIRO as an independent consultant for its expert advice on the future directions of Research Vocabularies Australia (RVA).

The consultation, led by Dr. Simon Cox and Dr. Jonathan Yu, was initiated in June 2019 and concluded in September 2019 when the final RVA review report was presented to ARDC. The report was publicly shared via the ARDC’s November 2019 newsletter. The RVA review provided the ARDC with valuable insights into the experiences and needs of RVA users.

Based on the recommendations provided in the review report as well as the organisation’s strategic plans, the ARDC has formulated both short and long term roadmaps for RVA which are described in this document. Both roadmaps will be reviewed and published on an annual basis.

This three year plan consolidates the aspects of RVA which the review valued: reliable services, consultancy, and support for publishing and re-use of scientific terminology. Equally the three year roadmap allocates development resources to aspects of the service where the review highlighted unmet needs: findability of relevant concepts; knowing which vocabularies are appropriate to particular domains; and further support, training, and guidance material for the development, use, and governance of vocabularies.

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