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Australia's Data-Enabled Research Future

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Six reports in one day is a lot to absorb, but the release of a series of reports on the future of data-enabled research in Australia warrants a comprehensive approach. Australia increasingly faces complex health challenges and climate crises such as floods, drought and bushfires, all of which require complex data to solve.

"There is almost no end to the applications and benefits of data‑enabled research. It can support personalised and targeted healthcare, underpin early action in the face of natural disasters, and provide detailed observations of how our environment and ecosystems are changing. Ultimately, more and improved data will add value to all research disciplines."

As the report states, more data leads to:
  • more accurate and comprehensive observations about the world
  • better experiments, models and predictions to support real-world solutions
  • better understanding and preventing unintended consequences
  • greater robustness and trust in research findings and outcomes

The reports are the result of a partnership between the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC), Australia's five Learned Academies and the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA).

The ACOLA report calls for a coherent national data policy and a strategic data planning environment to improve data infrastructure to enable research. Five domain reports were developed by the learned academies to address specific issues affecting their disciplines, while ACOLA's report synthesises the themes and needs common across all fields, such as the urgency of skills training and for greater research scalability to meet complex challenges.

Read the full ACOLA report, or read the individual reports by discipline:

What's New

  • Making a health startup a reality?
    Dr Kelvin Ross, an adjunct professor at Griffith, talks about artificial intelligence in healthcare, his work with health startup Datarwe, and what it takes to be a health tech entrepreneur.


  • Framework for Open and Reproducible Research Training
    Practising open research is one thing but how do you teach the next generation of researchers what it is and how to do it? Enter FORTT, the Framework for Open and Reproducible Research Training, which provides a syllabus and support materials for academics on this very topic. The syllabus covers preregistration, conceptual and statistical knowledge, reproducible analyses, FAIR data, and more. Read more.


  • Reproducible research - a workbook
    The Turing Way is an open source, open collaboration, and community-driven project to support researchers who want to practise reproducible research. The diverse community of contributors aim to make data science accessible, comprehensible and effective for everyone. See their work.


  • Intermediate research software skills in Python
    If you have been programming in Python for a while, you might want to take your skills to the next level. This new lesson might help. The lesson mimics a typical research software development process in a team, starting from an existing piece of software. It continues from the material covered in the novice-level Software Carpentry lessons and follows the same teaching principles. View the lesson.

Hot Topics

Making sense of the census

The release of the latest census data this week means a whole new trove of data can be explored about Australia and Australians. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has provided a number of ways to interact with the data, including a snapshot and advice on the best tool for what you need to find. Find out more.

Call on greater power

As research becomes more data-intensive, researchers may find their computers running out of space or memory. Researchers can now quickly start up a virtual desktop to run their work in the cloud. The Virtual Desktop service requires an Australian Access Federation (AAF) log in - the same way you log in to systems at Griffith. Find out more.

Preprints for speed

Preprints are here to stay, given how they can facilitate the urgent sharing of research information - think Covid_19 research. Two resources that set the scene are Preprints: Their Evolving Role in Science Communication and Rise of the preprint: how rapid data sharing during COVID-19 has changed science forever.

It's almost ResBaz time again

Griffith University will be hosting this year's Research Bazaar (ResBaz) event at the Southbank campus from 15-17 August. This event aims to be a skill- and community-building event for researchers, especially HDR candidates, across the south east Queensland universities. Check out what we offered last year.

Use this form to tell us what you want to see and hear and do at this year's event. You can also use the form to volunteer in a number of ways. Get in touch!

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    With a single search you can view relevant cases, commentary, and authorised reports through the Westlaw Australia database. Developed in partnership with lawyers, the database offers a unique user experience enhanced by natural language searching for faster interpretation. Read how to search the Westlaw Australia database.

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