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ANDS is building the data skills and capacity of Australia's research system.

In collaboration with partner organisations, ANDS works with researchers and institutions to help build data skills and capability through providing resources and training such as webinars, workshops and written guides.

This includes:

  • a rolling schedule of events for partners and the wider research data community
  • developing and facilitating tailored workshops and training, often in collaboration with partner institutions and umbrella bodies
  • learning programs such as 23 (research data) Things
  • publishing online and printed resources, including ANDS Guides, which cover a broad spectrum of topics related to research data
  • developing and supporting data-related communities to encourage the sharing of best practice and ideas
  • brokering relationships with other partnering institutions and NCRIS facilities.

ANDS also produces a fortnightly e-newsletter and a printed quarterly newsletter for the research data community, including data-related news, stories and events.

All resources published by ANDS are made freely available for attributed reuse under a Creative Commons licence.

Case study: Sharing Health-y Data workshops

In March 2016, ANDS partnered with the Queensland Facility for Advanced Bioinformatics (QFAB) and the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA), to co-host a workshop in Brisbane called ‘Sharing Health-y Data: Challenges and Solutions’.

The workshop looked at the opportunities and challenges of publishing, sharing and reusing health data, including ethics, legalities and governance. It included a panel of expert speakers and generated valuable discussions between researchers, support staff, data managers and ethics committee members. Over 200 people attended the workshop to join the discussion and ask questions.

Similar workshops have also been held in Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and Hobart.

Participants overwhelmingly agreed that the 'Sharing Health-y Data' sessions improved their understanding of the topics covered and met their professional needs.

Amongst the feedback received, one attendee said the topic was "well covered with details on where to get more info", with another person describing the sessions as "fantastic!".