This survey aims to obtain an accurate indication of the size of the national workforce involved in supporting digital data, research software and associated infrastructure. It is being carried out by the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) to support planning on future workforce needs in this sector, and in preparation for the eResearch Skilled Workforce Summit in Sydney 29-30 July 2019.
 
We are seeking responses from across the sector, including research institutions and supporting eInfrastructure providers, such as universities, research centres, Publicly Funded Research Agencies (PFRAs), regional/state/national support organisations, etc. 

You may:
  • respond for an institution, organisation, group, etc. that you lead, oversee or work with, or
  • respond collectively for multiple separate organisations/groups that you know well, aggregating the people counts as appropriate, as long as you can identify them below. 
You can also do the survey multiple times for different groups if you wish.

The analysis will work to remove duplication if multiple responses happen to be received from a single group or organisation, or where people may do multiple roles.


Please provide your best estimates for each of the questions below, and err on the side of including, rather than excluding people in your counts. The questions are designed to be easy for quick estimated responses.
 
There are spaces to provide additional information or clarification. 
 
Note: all responses will be anonymised and aggregated for the final report. ARDC will release the final report publicly in July 2019.
 
If you have any questions, please contact the survey team via email or contact ARDC via the links on the survey announcement page.
 

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* 1. A bit about you and who you are responding for

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* 2. Are you willing to be contacted if we need any clarification about your responses?

The following questions are about the support of research data.

These include a very wide variety of roles with many different definitions and titles, but their core function is centred on research data collection, analysis and management. This may be for projects they are working in (as staff or collaborators), or as stewards where they are entrusted with data by others. They may include staff with appropriate qualifications formally employed to undertake these roles, through to researchers and students contributing their time to progress a project.

We want to count people who primarily work with researchers, and may include employees, contractors, interns, researchers and students.


In each case, the main interest is the 'people count'. Try to also provide equivalent-full-time (EFT) totals to allow for better comparisons across the sector. The 'unfunded count' aims to identify people who are doing this work but it's not their main responsibility (like researchers and students).
The following questions are about development, operation and training around research-specific software.

This can include staff with computing skills who formally support researchers in their development and/or use of software tools; those who develop/maintain software for researchers; researchers/students who do some programming to progress a research project (either their own or for others);  and researchers/students who undertake systems administration while it is not a formal part of their job description.

We want to count people who primarily work with researchers, and may include employees, contractors, interns, researchers and students.

In each case, the main interest is the 'people count'. Try to also provide equivalent-full-time (EFT) totals to allow for better comparisons across the sector. The 'unfunded count' aims to identify people who are doing this work but it's not their main responsibility (like researchers and students).
The following questions are about development, operation and training around research-specific IT hardware.

This may include staff with formal qualifications who provision/operate research-specific computing, storage or networking hardware, through to researchers/students supporting projects themselves. 

We want to count people who primarily work with researchers, and may include employees, contractors, interns, researchers and students. If people provide multiple functions below please distribute their count as seems most appropriate to you.

In each case, the main interest is the 'people count'. Try to also provide equivalent-full-time (EFT) totals to allow for better comparisons across the sector. The 'unfunded count' aims to identify people who are doing this work but it's not their main responsibility (like researchers and students).

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* 6. Do you have any additional comments or information?

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