National Computational Infrastructure

NCI

Who can submit collections?

Who can submit collections?

Class

Information

Acceptance of Collections

Major Partners

The collection of organisations that sustain the node – ANU, CSIRO, BoM & GA, can submit by right.

*1

Cognate Organisations

Organisations aligned with NCI Partner priorities, e.g. ARC Centres of Excellence (Climate Science, Astronomy); NCRIS programs, e.g., TERN, IMOS, AAL.  Can submit by invitation of the NCI Board.

*1, *2, *3

Other organisations

An organisation other than major partners or cognate organisations, wishing to propose a collection.

*1, *3, *4

Acceptance terms:
*1 Meets merit/significance, utility and practicality criteria aligned with the collections policy.
*2 Complementing/augmenting other national collections.
*3 Collections must be supported by at least one major partner.
*4 Aligns with the overall value of the collection to the NCI community.

Authority to submit
Given the Commonwealth funding source for the RDSI initiative, it is presumed that all data collections to be supported by ReDS funding will derive from publicly funded research organisations. For the NCI-based node, these organisations will be either national agencies or universities.

There is a significant difference between:
• Agencies, for which data assets and intellectual property are owned by the agency; and
• Universities, for which the situation is much less clear, given the substantial differences that exist in intellectual property ownership provisions (for staff) across the sector.

National Agencies
Applications for storage allocations to be supported by RDSI ReDS will be channelled through a designated contact officer(s) at each agency, to facilitate the agency’s participation in the program in a uniform manner that accords with its IP management protocols.

CSIRO: Applications are sought from senior CSIRO researchers and require explicit approvals from:
i. The relevant Chief of Division or Flagship Director, confirming the scientific significance of the collection and authorising IP disclosure, and
ii. Dr John Taylor (eResearch Director). Prospective applicants are advised to contact Dr Taylor before commencing their application.

BoM: BoM notes that this responsibility has been delegated by the Director (Dr Rob Vertessy) to the Deputy Director for Environment and Research, Graham Hawke. BoM further notes that some organisations may seek embargoes on particular datasets, and the need to consider this further with respect to the RDSI implementation.

GA: GA notes that the authority to propose collections has been delegated by the CEO (Dr Chris Pigram) to the Chief Scientist, Dr Clinton Foster, and the Senior Advisory, National Geoscience Information Infrastructure, Dr Lesley Wyborn.

Universities: Given the differences in ownership and IP management rights and protocols across the sector, it is intended to implement an application process that places the onus on researchers to conduct themselves in a manner which accords with the research and intellectual property management protocols of their (university) employer.
Accordingly, researchers will submit datasets/collections for consideration for storage at the node, in accordance with these protocols, in a manner similar (i.e., with similar freedoms) to that in which they would submit a publication to a journal. The node’s processes will thus assume that matters relating to copyright, intellectual property rights, etc, are in accord with the policies and procedures of their institution.

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