Humanities, arts & culture data

New horizons for data-driven humanities and arts research, digital cultural collections and research infrastructure.

Australian Learned Academies Data Interworking Network

This project will develop a cohesive agenda across Australia’s Learned Academies to support excellent data-enabled research. The project will combine the leadership and strategic insights of the Academies with the national data infrastructure expertise of the Australian Research Data Commons.

  • Support and develop the capabilities of Australia’s Learned Academies to provide leadership, advocacy and planning for data-enabled research
  • Share these approaches among Academies for a coherent data policy and planning environment
  • Align national research data infrastructure with the strategic needs of Academy research domains
  • Identify opportunities for joined-up Academy agendas in support of data-enabled research
  • Establish a network of data policy and planning capabilities across the Academies.

The five Academies and Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) are working together to establish a network and produce a report and related outputs that provide:

  1. An overview of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary data assets, infrastructures and policies required for data-enabled research.
  2. Identification of data and infrastructure requirements within and between disciplines.
  3. Identification of common priorities and data gaps.

From the Academy’s perspective, this project builds on our leadership and strong track record in the development of humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS) national research infrastructure in Australia.

We will draw from work undertaken to date in this space, including research we have conducted in support of national investment planning processes for HASS (including Mapping International Infrastructure Models for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, commissioned by the Department of Education in 2019).

National roadmapping & investment

We are committed to progressing a national strategy for humanities, arts and culture research infrastructure – the platforms and investment needed to digitally preserve and share Australia’s unique social and cultural data.

Explore our research infrastructure policy submissions on our policy and advice page.

  • International Infrastructure Models for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (2020) – commissioned by the Department of Education, Skills and Training.
  • National Research Infrastructure Investment Planning Process (2017)
  • Towards a Digital Archive (2008)

Humanities, Arts & Culture Data Summit

A national forum for collaboration and innovation in the humanities and arts. The inaugural summit was shaped by the Integrated Research Infrastructure for Humanities, Arts & Culture discussion paper.

Select presentations are available from the event:

Select presentations from the inaugural summit:

Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences’ Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities Workshop:

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.