Models of research in the humanities and social sciences are increasingly requiring more extensive sharing of research data with systems designed to retain and support collaboration on research projects. The form such open knowledge infrastructure takes is that of the data commons, a repository that combines data from public datasets using common entities that are mappable and can be translated into diverse research outputs.
In this seminar, Dr Steve McEachern will present an overview of two new Australian Research Data Commons projects - the CADRE platform (Coordinated Access for Data, Researchers and Environments) and the ANZLEAD Data partnerships project (Australian and New Zealand Leaders, Elections and Democracy). This seminar will also explore the context surrounding national developments in social science infrastructure, the Academy of the Social Sciences "State of the Social Sciences" consultation, and the NCRIS/ARDC HASS roadmaps.).
Dr Steve McEachern has been at the forefront of building a sustainable research infrastructure for the social sciences in Australia, the Australian Data Archive (ADA), and is involved in the latest negotiations with government and lead agencies for improved data sharing across HASS disciplines. Steve has high-level expertise in survey methodology and data archiving, and has been actively involved in development and application of survey research methodology and technologies over 15 years in the Australian university sector. He has research interests in data management and archiving, community and social attitude surveys, organisational surveys, new data collection methods including web and mobile phone survey techniques, and reproducible research methods.