A place for information exchange, best practice, problem solving and peer support.

By building communities of practice that support those working in, or interested in, research data, we provide a place for information exchange, best practice, problem solving and peer support.

You can find out more about each community below, and register (where provided) to stay informed on latest news, upcoming webinars and discussions.

Our communities

In an effort to bring clarity to this area, members of the Research Data Alliance formed an Interest Group on standardising research data policies. The Interest Group arranged research data policy features from publishers into a set of six standard tiers or types that can be adapted and adopted by journals to promote good data sharing practices. Policy features include topics on data citation, data repositories, data availability statements, data standards and formats, and peer review of research data.

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ARDC facilitates the Australian Research Software Management, Curation and Citation Interest Group (previously: Research Software Interest Group) which aims to:

  • support the description, management and discovery of research software
  • bring together people who are working in software citation
  • take the FORCE11 principles into a wide range of settings and implementations
  • exchange lessons learned from implementation activities out of this group
  • provide feedback and contribute to the FORCE11 Software Citation Working Group (ongoing Software Citation Implementation Working Group).

The Australian Research Software Management, Curation and Citation Interest Group convenes every 2 months.

View our Events Calendar and subscribe to our Newsletter or visit our Groups page to keep informed of future events.

The Australian Vocabulary Special Interest Group provides a forum for discussion and activity in the use and creation of controlled vocabularies in research, data, information and collection management.

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We provide a range of events and resources aimed at building community connections, skills, and knowledge within the data librarian community, including through 23 (research data) Things self-learning.

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The Data Management Plans (DMPs) Interest Group meets online on a bimonthly basis. The Group is facilitated by ARDC and open to anybody interested in DMPs, DMP tools and their effectiveness. The Group provides a forum for discussion about local DMP tools and approaches as well as international developments.

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The Data Services Interest Group aims to exchange practices, establish visibility of data services, discuss interoperability issues and identify opportunities for collective action.

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ARDC, along with partner organisations, host a series of Monthly Tech Talks - live discussion events in cities around Australia to provide a forum for data technologists and other to discuss topics of interest.

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The Developer Space is a portal of information designed to encourage the reuse and extension of the open source software suite developed by ARDC to run Research Data Australia.

We support the geoscience academia and public sector community to make their data discoverable. We can assist with the implementation of standards, identifiers, data citation, DOI minting plus provide awareness of discipline tools. Australia's geoscience community produces valuable data ranging from high volume satellite imagery to minute soil samples and maps.

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This interest group is for participants to exchange experience with OPeNDAP framework, applications and a suite of related technologies, with the aim to improve data access services.

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We work with a community of eResearch and research data management support services within research organisations institutions and research infrastructure organisations  to support data-related competency and capability building. We regularly hold state based roundtables and informals, events and webinars related to research data management.

For more information see (NSW roundtable, QLD roundtable, SA roundtable, VIC/TAS informal, WA roundtable)

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A group building a sustainable community that benefits research software engineers, and ultimately contributes to more efficient and reproducible research.

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The RIF-CS Advisory Board (RAB) was established to provide an opportunity for interested stakeholders to influence changes to the RIF-CS schema.

Community expertise is vital to the development and improvement of the shared RIF-CS standard. RIF-CS is used:

  1. to exchange metadata about research collections and related information
  2. as the metadata standard for ARDC and its contributing partners to describe data descriptions in the research data commons.

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ARDC, AARNet and ADA are working together to support a community to discuss the challenges and strategies for managing sensitive data. The community will be initially aimed at the ‘research supporters’ e.g. infrastructure providers, librarians, policy writers and implementers and evolve in response to emerging community needs. We aim to gather every couple of months to hear expert speakers and enable community discussion.

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Publishers and funders are increasingly looking at data being deposited in certified Trusted Data Repositories. That's why ARDC facilitates a Community around organisations interested in seeking international trust certification for their repositories. 

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