A platform 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 platform 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

ARDC had been facilitating the Australian Research Data Provenance (RDP) Interest Group. The goals of the group were to bring together people who work in the provenance space, facilitate conversation, discuss a range of provenance issues, reduce duplication of effort, and coordinate community activities.

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This Australian Data Quality Interest Group provides a forum for Australian data providers, repository operators and data consumers to discuss challenges and strategies for meeting data quality standards and procedures. The group will also serve as a connection to international data quality communities for exchanging experiences and best practices.

The Group is facilitated by Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) and open to anyone interested in data quality. The group meets on the first Thursday (1-2pm AEST) every two months via Zoom, starting on 3 of October 2019.  

This Group will exist in close collaboration with the ESIP Information Quality Cluster.

Please contact mingfang.wu@ardc.edu.au or catherine.brady@ardc.edu.au to join the group.

More information on the group can be found here.

Please fill in this Survey. The survey will gather information on where we (interest group member organisations) are up to in managing data quality and identify principal challenges and pain points. The survey results will help the Interest Group identify common challenges, share practices and experience, and plan future activities.

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.

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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.

Subscribe to our Newsletter to keep informed of future events or join our Slack channel.

The Data Management Plans (DMPs) Interest Group meets online via Zoom. 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.

Join our Slack channel #dmp-ig or subscribe to our Newsletter to keep informed of future events.

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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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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The intent of the Geospatial Capabilities Community of Practice is to bring people together as a community who, in some capacity, work with geospatial data and make it available for broader use.  The group is intended as a forum for sharing knowledge and experiences with finding, accessing, transforming, using and making available geospatial data.

Find out more here.

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)

View our Events Calendar and subscribe to our Newsletter to keep informed of future events.

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.

More information.

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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