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The Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH) acknowledges that the current draft 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap goes a long way in recognising the developments in humanities and social sciences research and its contribution to a national research and innovation agenda. However, DASSH urges the Expert Working Group to consider and incorporate infrastructure that facilitates:

  • the relationship between social media analytics and behavioural research around predictive data analytics as a guide to public policy;
  • the contribution that legal, cultural and social science researchers can make to advancing Australia’s ‘intangible innovation capabilities’ in the digital economy context, where networked ecologies of innovation are increasingly central;
  • the contributions of the GLAM sector.

DASSH does welcome the Expert Working Group’s inclusion of Digital Data and eResearch Platforms (2.1) and Platforms for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) (2.2) as key research infrastructure focus areas as well as the recognition of the importance of national, state and territory collecting institutions to research broadly, but particularly to HASS research.

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