AURIN is an initiative of the Australian Government being conducted as part of the Super Science Initiative and financed from the Education Investment Fund, and the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.
Funded by the Australian Government through the Education Investment Fund, and the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy, the $24 million AURIN initiative is led by The University of Melbourne. AURIN collaborates with more than 60 institutions and data providers across Australia through contracted subprojects and Data Access Agreements.
Access to the AURIN Portal is restricted to people associated with collaborator institutions, and approved researchers, policy-makers and decision-makers; that is, ‘anyone with an .edu.au email address, or an Australian Access Federation (AAF) account, can log into the AURIN Portal and retrieve data based on access privileges.’
It is unclear to me why this data portal (which is funded by public money) has such restrictive access. The restrictions pertain to data from both private and public organisations alike.
Moreover in some instances, the same dataset (or at least, dervatives of the same dataset) appears to be on both the AURIN and data.gov.au sites.
I don’t have access to the AURIN portal, so I can’t determine whether they are from the same dataset or not.
My request is twofold:
-Could a cross link (like those that has been established with state governments) be developed with AURIN?
-Could public data on AURIN site be ‘open by default’? (not just open to some!)
These will greatly reduce the uncertainty or confusion about the nature and availability of dataset.