New investment in HASS and Indigenous research

New investment in HASS and Indigenous research

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

New investment in HASS and Indigenous research

The Population Health research Network (PHRN) welcomes the measures announced under the Federal Budget for 2020-21 for the Humanities, Arts and Social Science (HASS) and Indigenous research communities.

The Federal Government investment of $8.9 million over the next three years (2020–21 to 2022–23) will help build a national HASS and Indigenous eResearch infrastructure, creating new tools and platforms to extend researcher capacity.

The research infrastructure will provide HASS and Indigenous researchers with easier access to data and analysis methods, enabling effective data mining and re-use and maximising the return on previous research investments. It will enhance research in a broad range of fields including education, Australian cultural studies, linguistics, history, economics, commerce, tourism, law and legal studies, and the creative arts. The investment will help institutions share HASS data more freely and cooperatively following FAIR data principles.

The investment will include:

  • Improving Indigenous research capabilities: Supporting the Indigenous Data Network (IDN) to consolidate and expand its technological, training, and governance initiatives following CARE data principles (Collective benefit, Authority to control, Responsibility and Ethics).
  • HASS eResearch platforms initially comprising three elements:
  • Developing the Linguistics Data Commons of Australia (LDaCA)
  • Capitalising on existing infrastructure, rescuing vulnerable and dispersed collections and linking with improved analysis environments for new research outcomes.
  • Developing a Trove researcher platform for more advanced research:
  • Complementing existing National Library of Australia resources, enabling a focus on the delivery of researcher portals accessible through Trove. This platform will create tools for visualisation, entity recognition, transcription and geocoding across Trove content and other corpora.
  • Integrated social sciences research infrastructure:
  • Expanding existing social sciences initiatives and providing a coordinated governance model for access to data. This will improve the capacity of researchers to access, preserve and disseminate quantitative and qualitative social sciences data sources. It will also drive the development of systems and tools for capturing new and emerging real time, or near real time, data.
  • These initiatives will leverage existing NCRIS capabilities including the ARDC, the Population Health Research Network (PHRN) and AURIN.

Dr Merran Smith, PHRN Chief Executive, says the PHRN is delighted for the HASS community as this is a vital and positive investment by the Federal Government.

“The PHRN are keen to work with the HASS and Indigenous research communities to support their researchers with access to linked population data through our national network,” said Merran.


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