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October 2021 / Issue 31

Why big fish thrive in protected oceans

GlobalArchive, an ARDC-supported data portal, is helping researchers keep track of data on big fish in Australia’s oceans so we can understand human impacts on our fish biodiversity. Read more >

Linking data and publications – a crisis in science?

Learn how we’re helping to improve how data is referenced in publications to enable validation of research findings and support reproducibility through the Research Data Alliance.

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World-first national dog and cat cancer database in the making

For the first time in the world, a database of dog and cat cancer occurrences in Australia is being created via an ARDC-supported project, ACARCinom, which will help answer the questions around companion animal cancers plaguing scientists and clinicians.

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Securing data collections of national significance

To help tackle the significant challenge of data retention, the ARDC is partnering with Australian research organisations to co-invest in storage capacity to manage datasets of national significance through our Data Retention Project.

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World-first computing technology on the ARDC Nectar Research Cloud

A new partnership between ARDC, NVIDIA and Monash University brings leading edge technology to Nectar to address growing cybersecurity requirements, while ensuring researchers have fast access to large data sets.

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Persistent Identifier Services

The ARDC provides persistent identifier services that support Australian researchers with citation of their research outcomes and attribution of the resources and services used during that research. Learn more about our Identifier services.

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Persistent identifiers could save the research sector millions of dollars

A recent analysis revealed that persistent identifiers (PIDs) could save UK universities more than £5.67 million over 5 years with the establishment of a national PIDS consortium. How much time and money could PIDs save Australian researchers and institutions?

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Anitha Kannan appointed Senior Architect of the ARDC Thematic Research Data Commons Strategy

We’re delighted to announce the appointment of Anitha Kannan to the position of Senior Architect, Thematic Research Data Commons Strategy.

The pillars of Australia’s research system

Professor Andy Lowe writes in InnovationAus about the National Research Infrastructure roadmap process currently underway, which will identify Australia’s research infrastructure needs and priorities for the next 5 to 10 years.

Spinning up digital recording systems for rapid survey in Greece

The FAIMS project team recently published a paper in the Journal of Field Archaeology detailing how they designed and deployed the ARDC-supported platform project FAIMS Mobile for a systematic survey as part of the Perachora Peninsula Archaeology Project.

How Australian mega-fires impacted the Superb Lyrebird and Greater Sooty Owl

Learn how the ARDC-supported platform BCCVL can conduct rapid species distribution assessments, and how EcoCommons, a new platform under development, will make such assessments even better.


Dirt to desktop: Digital tools in the field

Leading Australia to data-driven research impact


Exciting news for the digital research community!

Are you a digital research skills trainer or involved in digital infrastructure training programs? Would you like to meet like-minded people from across Australia and to learn about and help address national challenges in this space? If yes, then the ARDC Skills Summit is for you! 

The virtual summit will run on Wednesday 13 October as an integrated stream within the eResearch Australasia Conference 2021 (eRA). 

To support the digital research community, the ARDC is giving away 140 FREE tickets for you to attend the Skills Summit. To learn more about the program and redeem your offer, check out

RI-VIS Australia – Europe Symposium on Research Infrastructures

When: 5 - 7 October 2021 
Run by: Instruct-ERIC

Beilstein Open Science Symposium 2021: Transparent data for effective research

When: 5 - 7 October 2021 
Run by: Beilstein-Institut

Supporting Interdisciplinary Sample Data Discovery, Integration, and Reuse

When: 8 October 2021, 7AM (AEST)
Run by: RDA

Brain Imaging Data Structure (BIDS)

When: 13 October 2021, 4PM AEST 
Run by: OHBM & ACCS 

The Carpentries - Executive Council Elections

Submissions close: 18 October 2021
Run by: The Carpentries

Virtual SciDataCon 2021

Submissions close: 18 - 28 October 2021

THETA conference - call for submissions

Submissions close: 19 October 2021

R for Ecologists workshop

When: 20 & 21 October 2021
Run by: QCIF & EcoCommons

Getting started with the ARDC Nectar Research Cloud Training

When: 26 & 29 October 2021
Run by: ARDC

Digital Research Skills Impact and Strategy

When: 27 October 2021, 12PM AEST
Run by: ARDC

Metadata as data intelligence - call for papers

Submissions close: 31 October 2021 
Run by: MIT Press Direct

Carpentries Connect Australia - Community networking for new instructors

When: 3 November 2021, 11AM AEST 
Run by: ARDC

RezBaz 2021

When:  Run by: Research Bazaar 


Project Manager

University of Western Australia, for the ARDC-supported Australian National Child Health and Development Atlas | Perth | Closes 4 October

Research Data Specialist (HASS)

University of Melbourne | Melbourne | Closes 5 October

Business Analyst

ARDC | Canberra | Closes 14 October

Research DevOps Systems Engineer 

Monash, for the ARDC Nectar Research Cloud | Melbourne | Closes 14 October

Data Architect

ARDC | Canberra | Closes 15 October

Research Data Specialist (Informatics)

ARDC | Canberra | Closes 18 October

IT Systems Administrator (Windows)

QCIF, for the ARDC Nectar Research Cloud | Brisbane

IT Systems Administrator (Open Stack cloud platform)

QCIF, for the ARDC Nectar Research Cloud | Brisbane
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