We partner with international data and software infrastructure organisations, such as Research Data Alliance and the Open Research and Contributor ID, to ensure Australian researchers are in the best position to collaborate on global challenges and to optimise our own operational activities. For example, we provide the Digital Object Identifier service as a member of the global DataCite initiative and contribute to, and leverage, the international Openstack community to provide cloud capacity.
We also engage with and lead work through the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on developing a digitally skilled workforce to elevate confidence in researchers to manage the growing flood and complexity of research data and work on Co-ordination and Support of International Data Networks.
Research Data Alliance
A flagship engagement for the ARDC is through the Research Data Alliance (RDA), which is an international initiative concerned with enabling researchers and innovators to openly share data across technologies, disciplines, and countries to address the grand challenges of society. Australia has had a lead role since RDA's inception to build the data agreements that are crucial to domestic and global data sharing. Engagements being undertaken through RDA structures are very broad; from developing new training approaches, such as the 23 Things for research data librarians, to establishing agreements that enables the Australian led Research Activity Identifier (RAiD) to be internationally adopted.
Open Research and Contributor ID (ORCID)
We have a strong relationship with the Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID), which provides persistent digital identifiers that enables transparent and trustworthy connections between researchers, their contributions, and affiliations by providing an identifier for individuals to use with their name as they engage in research, scholarships, and innovation activities.