Markus Buchhorn and Paul McNamara from The Australian National University have produced a report for the Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories about it. Unfortunately, the report is a bit hard to find and read on-line so below is the executive summary. The report also has a very good set of references. I have picked out the best of these and sorted them below, with links.
The Australian e-Research Sustainability Survey (AERES) project was undertaken by the Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories (APSR) and the Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing (APAC) to survey the sustainability issues for data-intensive research projects, including the capabilities and demands of research groups and institutions for the storage, access, and long-term management of research data. The immediate and critical issue for the stewardship of research data in Australia is the lack of administrative responsibility for the task.Some references:
The current policy framework for research data in Australia is provided by the funding rules of the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), by Records and Archives legislation and by the Joint NHMRC/AVCC Statement and Guidelines on Research Practice1, currently under revision. This framework is currently lacking guidelines for clear administrative responsibility for data stewardship.
The survey found that researchers are both providers and consumers of data and have a broad range of needs for research data and its management. There are strong disincentives for researchers to engage with long-term data management. There is little recognition for good data management. Researchers do not see a national data management system with which they can work.
The current data management infrastructure is in general decentralised and uncoordinated. This data management infrastructure needs to be more closely aligned and coupled with the evolving policy framework for data stewardship. Moreover, this infrastructure would benefit from greater systematic recognition in the policies of institutions, government and funding agencies.
A mature data stewardship system, interlinking policy and infrastructure could address the needs of researchers and improve the quality and efficiency of Australian innovation and research. A successful data stewardship system needs to:
The technological challenges of data management are also significant and ongoing. Work funded by initiatives such as Backing Australia’s Ability has begun to address some of these challenges. The potential of these technological solutions can best be realised within an appropriate policy environment.
- identify administrative responsibility;
- address disincentives for researchers to manage data for the future;
- strengthen the engagement of researchers, universities and funding agencies; and
- encourage the development and sharing of skills
Government, policy-creators, funding bodies, and research institutions have an opportunity, and perhaps an obligation, to assist in the development of a coherent data stewardship system.
Executive Summary, Sustainability Issues for Australian Research Data - The Report of the Australian e-Research Sustainability Survey Project, Dr. Marcus Buchhorn and Paul McNamara (The Australian National University), Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories, October 2006 http://www.apsr.edu.au/publications/aeres_report.pdf
Arts and Humanities Research Council 2006, Research Grants
Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories (2005)
- 2005, Discovery
- 2005, An e-Research Strategic Framework: Interim Report of the e-Research Coordinating Committee
- 2006, Discovery Projects Selection Report for funding Commencing in 2006
Backing Australia’s Ability
Fisheries Research and Development Corporation 2006, Evaluation criteria
Houghton, John and Sheehan, Peter (2006), The economic impact of enhanced access to research findings, CSES Working Paper 23
Medical Research Council 2006
- (1997), Joint NHMRC/AVCC Statement and Guidelines on Research Practice
- (2005), Deeds of Agreement and Conditions of Award
- (2006), Australian code for the responsible conduct of research
National Science Board 2006, NSB-05-40, Long-Lived Digital Data Collections Enabling Research and Education in the 21st Century
National Science Foundation (2006)
NERC Data Policy Handbook
OECD 2006, Draft OECD recommendation concerning access to research data from public funding
Research Councils UK 2006
- News release 28 June 2006,
- Research Councils UK updated position statement on access to research outputs
- Audit Checklist for Certifying Digital Repositories
- Digital Repository Certification Task Force
- Mission and Goals