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What was missing in Australia’s $1.9 billion infrastructure announcement

17 May 2018
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When we think about infrastructure it’s most often about bridges or roads – or, as in this week’s federal government $1.9 billion National Research Infrastructure announcement, big science projects. These are large assets that can be seen and applied in a tangible way.

It’s not hard to get excited over money that will support imaging of the Earth, or the Atlas of Living Australia.

But important as these projects are, there’s a whole set of infrastructure that rarely gets mentioned or noticed: “soft” infrastructure. These are the services, policies or practices that keep academic research working and, now, open.

Soft infrastructure was not featured in this week’s announcement linked to budget 2018.

Read the full article on The Conversation.

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