The data to understand Australian bushfires

Bushfires are an intrinsic part of Australia's environment, yet the unprecedented bushfire season of 2019-2020 resulted in an ecological disaster and devastating loss of life, property and wildlife. How can firefighters, emergency managers, decision makers and general Australians prepare for subsequent fire seasons? Science and technology, and the huge amount of data underpinning them, can help mitigate the destruction caused by bushfires and inform first responders, decision makers and communities. Every day, vast amounts of environmental data is collated by researchers in universities, CSIRO and government departments and agencies such as Geoscience Australia (GA) and the Bureau of Meteoro

Real world patient data at your fingertips

The Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) works in many ways, from transforming research innovation to functioning as an opportunity for others who are looking to commercialise out of academia. This is what makes us unique. A few years ago the ARDC (through one of its predecessors, the Australian National Data Service) funded a project to establish a High Value Data Collection (HVDC) based on the Macquarie University Hospital data. The purpose of the project was to make patient data more easily accessible to researchers at the hospital and at the Macquarie University and discoverable by others. The project was not only successful in its own right but continues to thrive via a spin out com

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