Survey information

The Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) is conducting a survey to help understand the scale and distribution of software engineering or development capability within research organisations in Australia. This is a capability that is currently spread across professional and academic roles.

We aim to obtain an accurate indication of the size of the national workforce involved in supporting research software. The survey supports the implementation of the ARDC’s National Agenda for Research Software in Australia.

Who should complete the survey?

We are seeking responses from across the Australian research sector, including research institutions and supporting eInfrastructure providers, such as NCRIS facilities, universities, research centres and institutes, Publicly Funded Research Agencies (PFRAs), and regional/state/national eInfrastructure organisations.

Group/Project Leads, (Senior) Managers, Chief/Principal Investigators or Academic Leadership should complete the survey on behalf of their unit, but in some cases it may be appropriate for individuals to respond on behalf of their unit or team.

The survey can be completed multiple times, or combine responses over a number of areas. If we receive separate responses from one organisation, we will appropriately combine the responses.

What does the survey ask?

The survey asks you to provide information about research software professionals at your institution, organisation, or group as appropriate. 

The survey contains 17 questions about the size and capability of your group and 3 questions about research software management and career progression pathways at your institution.

The questions are designed to be easy for quick, estimated responses. The survey should take between 5-10 minutes to complete. There are also spaces to provide additional information or clarification. 

Please share the survey with other key organisational leaders that you are aware of with research software development activities.

If you have any questions about the survey please contact us. At the end of the survey, we will invite you to register to receive the outcomes of this survey. 

Privacy and confidentiality

All survey data will be de-identified for inclusion in the final report. The data will be collected and handled in accordance with the ARDC privacy policy.

Please complete this survey by COB Friday 3rd December 19 November 2021 (responses 2 weeks after the original closing date should still make it into the final report)
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