Canberra, Monday 27 March 2017: The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has made a submission to the Draft 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap.
The Australian Government has commissioned the development of the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap to identify Australia’s national research infrastructure priority areas for the coming decade. These priorities will support research and innovation in order to deliver the greatest long-term national benefit and foster strategic international partnerships.
ALIA made the following points:
- Platforms for HASS - pleased to see National Library of Australia’s Trove identified, with others, as an existing national research infrastructure asset;
Explicit reference to the role of library and information professionals in making data more accessible and discoverable for science and humanities researchers, and we reiterate this request for consideration for the final version of the Roadmap;
Representation on a National Advisory Group -If a Research Infrastructure National Advisory Group were to be formed, ALIA urges the Government to include a representative from the library and information sector in order to take full advantage of the knowledge and skills of the professionals we represent.
Access - It would be helpful for the Roadmap to include a statement, perhaps as one of the National Research Infrastructure Principles. For example: “Access guidelines should ensure that there are as few barriers as possible to accessing major infrastructure for those undertaking meritorious research and that the data generated using Government-funded facilities are made open access”.
Download the submission from our website