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Research Data Australia


Research Data Australia (RDA) is a web portal for discovering data collections produced by, or relevant to, Australian researchers.

Research Data Australia helps you find, access, and reuse data for research from over one hundred Australian research organisations, government agencies and cultural institutions.

ANDS does not store the data itself here but displays descriptions of, and links to, the data held by our data publishing partners or contributors.

See the About Research Data Australia page for more information on:

  • how organisations can become a contributor
  • how the search functionality works
  • accessing and reusing research data.

How Research Data Australia works

  • Data owners or managers create descriptions of research data collections (i.e. metadata records) in their institutional repositories. Collection descriptions can include rich metadata such as: related people, organisations, publications, software and projects; access instructions and conditions; keywords; Field of Research Codes and more.
  • Institutions provide these metadata records that describe data collections and the activities, parties, and services which relate to them to the Research Data Australia (RDA) Registry.
  • ANDS publishes these descriptions in Research Data Australia.
  • Researchers use Research Data Australia to search for, reuse and attribute data collections.

In all cases the data itself remains with the custodians. Only the descriptions are published on Research Data Australia and access to the data is always at the discretion of the custodian. 

Research Data Australia is indexed by big search engines such as Google and Yahoo. ANDS also has reciprocal publishing arrangements with other data collection registries and discovery portals in Australia and internationally.

This is a free service available to all Australian research institutions, universities, and government agencies.

Why publish collection descriptions in Research Data Australia?

Data is valuable. ANDS makes the case that there is a huge amount of untapped potential in fully utilising the nation's extensive research data collections. See The value of research data for more information.

What research data collections can be included in Research Data Australia?

Any data that is of interest to researchers can be described in Research Data Australia, whether it is digital or non-digital, e.g. survey results; data collected automatically from computer programs, sensors or instruments; images, audio and video; text corpora; even web pages and blogs.

For more detailed information, see the ANDS Guides What is research data? and Defining a data collection.