May 16, 2022

RDM: Research Data Management Framework for Australian Universities Open for Consultation

From the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC):

Institutional Underpinnings is a collaborative project between 25 of Australia’s universities to develop a shared approach to university research data management in the form of a nationally-agreed framework.

The program aims to increase Australian universities’ capability in research data management and encourage collective problem-solving and alignment across the sector.

The draft Research Data Management Framework is now open for consultation. The Framework was developed by the 25 participating universities, with more than 90 experts contributing to working groups to identify and develop the key elements that are included.

The Australian research community is invited to review the Framework and provide feedback, which will help inform the final version. Please download the draft Research Data Management Framework and provide your feedback using the feedback template by 31 May 2022. We strongly encourage collective submissions that reflect the input of a group or organisation.


Alongside feedback from the community, the 25 university partners are running projects to test aspects of the framework. The results from the projects will also help us to develop the final Framework.

The final Research Data Management Framework will be launched in December 2022.

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