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National perspective on eResearch Infrastructure: Andrew Treloar


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National perspective on eResearch Infrastructure - the skills priority and the importance of people as infrastructure.

This presentation was part of the CAVAL/ANDS Workshop - Managing library teams for a research and data-intensive future
(Melbourne, 28 July 2017). Workshop program and presentations from other speakers:

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National perspective on eResearch Infrastructure: Andrew Treloar

  1. 1. Andrew Treloar National perspective on eResearch Infrastructure - the skills priority and importance of people as infrastructure 28/7/2017
  2. 2. Overview Context • ANDS Context • National Roadmap • ANDS/Nectar/RDS A picture Translation into reality • 2017-18 • Beyond
  3. 3. The Australian National Data Service (ANDS) makes Australia’s research data assets more valuable for researchers, research institutions and the nation.
  4. 4. ANDS: Enhanced Capability Initially targeted at research data librarians  Extensive set of guides and webinars on data topics  23 Research Data Things  Workshops around the country Expanding now to data technologists  Monthly TechTalks  Hub and Spoke model And supporting Australian Provenance community
  5. 5. 9 Therapeutic Development Complex Biology Biosecurity Environmental Systems Digital Data and eResearch Platforms Platforms for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) Characterisation Advanced Fabrication and Manufacturing Astronomy and Advanced Physics
  6. 6. A National Perspective: ARDC Priority Areas for National Research Infrastructure - Digital Data and eResearch Platforms: Enhance existing capability through the integration of existing capability – ANDS, NeCTAR and RDS to establish an integrated data-intensive infrastructure system, incorporating physical infrastructure, policies, data, software, tools and support for researchers. 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap, p. 32
  7. 7. A future investment in an ARDC… The governing bodies of ANDS, Nectar and RDS:  Have recognised that the shape of a future ARDC should be determined through a broad consultative process  Have proposed that this process be chaired by someone independent of ANDS, Nectar and RDS This is with the government and awaiting the response from the government to the roadmap
  8. 8. In the meantime… ANDS/Nectar/RDS: 2017-18 Working closely together to deliver against an aligned business plan Overall goal is to bring about four things for Australia:  A world leading data advantage  Accelerated innovation  Collaboration for borderless research  Enhanced translation of research New combined entity likely to start in mid 2018
  9. 9. Key Components for 2017-18 Research Domain Program  Responding to research domain and research community data infrastructure needs Research Data Platforms  Underpinning compute, storage and services infrastructure to support the data and informatics needs of Australian research and industry Sector-wide Support and Engagement  Planning, coordination and leadership to further policy development, international engagement, progress a national skills strategy, and support the building and sharing of data assets across the sector.
  10. 10. A National Perspective: Skills Human capital is fundamental to research and the wider innovation system. Skilled technical and management staff are essential to maintaining the highest quality, most advanced research infrastructure capabilities … People form the core of the national research infrastructure system – their expertise, skills and passion enable the effective establishment and optimised use and benefit of the facilities. 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap, p. 16
  11. 11. Technology Content People
  12. 12. Turning intention into reality ANDS Capability Team -> ANDS/Nectar/Skills team  Align and extend current activities  Coordinate and deliver training across domains  Develop crucial national eResearch capabilities  Improve training pedagogy and training infrastructure Steve Androulakis as physical instantiation of this collaboration
  13. 13. Align and extend: example Spatial data aligned and extended events:  Symposium and NCRIS Workshops (June, Canberra and September, Melbourne)  2 webinars on Ethics/Legal and Drones in research: data management awareness raising (July)  Tech talk topic (August)  New webpage and Guide focussing on Spatial data and spatial metadata (August)  Spatial metadata and data management training for funded project staff (at appropriate points 2017-2018)  Spatial related funded project user workshops (when infrastructure established, 2018)
  14. 14. and beyond Recommendation 5: Recognise that a Skilled Workforce is critical to all national research infrastructure. Ongoing commitment to training and career progression, not only by the facilities and projects but also by the universities and research institutions that harness them, is essential. 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap, p. 3 NOTE: ANDS/Nectar/RDS is developing a long-term skills and training strategy for the new organisation and its partners
  15. 15. Director of Technology @atreloar Andrew Treloar With the exception of third party images or where otherwise indicated, this work is licensed under the Creative Commons 4.0 International Attribution Licence. ANDS is supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy Program. Monash University leads the partnership with the Australian National University and CSIRO. Karen Visser Steve Androulakis