Canberra, Tuesday 6 December, 2016: The Draft 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap has been released which sets out priorities for planning and future investment.
ALIA participated in the consultation which is informing the development of the Roadmap.
The draft 2016 Roadmap highlights nine research infrastructure focus areas that will enable Australia to pursue transformational research while delivering returns for the community and industry partners.
The draft report looks at platforms for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) and notes that the National Library's Trove and the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) are good examples which expand beyond a single disciplinary approach.
The draft report notes:
'Improvements to existing research infrastructures are occurring incrementally and it is vital that this important work be continued by the relevant institutions.
Focus on national investment would provide additional benefit and bring institutional capabilities collectively up to the level of national scale research infrastructure.'
The draft report says Australia needs to coordinate access to the digitisation of collections and ensure that existing platforms and digital collections are interoperable domestically and internationally.
One solution is to establish a digitisation excellence capability that could help coordinate the use of digital technologies and digitisation techniques.
The draft report also calls for improved integration and coordination across HASS should include the harmonisation of platforms for Indigenous research and a platform that can leverage Australia’s cultural assets is needed.