Data is an asset we have been building for decades through billions of dollars of research investment annually. The next stage is open data, which is better described, connected, integrated and organised. The accessible and versatile nature of open data allows us to investigate broader questions and data landscapes.
The University is producing greater and more complex sets of data than ever before. This presents an unprecedented opportunity to leverage this data, and there is increasing awareness in the University community of the benefits from curating and openly sharing it. It is imperative however that this growing data is effectively managed and shared.
The University has various partners in this field, and is already contributing to 16 Australian National Data Services projects. To further support open research data at the University, we need to extend our support of these data-based initiatives and expand our own data curation services.