Unlocking industry data in research/industry partnerships and working towards a FAIR data future

Mr John Hille1, Mr Sam Bradley1

1CSIRO, Kensington, Australia


To produce meaningful research outcomes in partnership with industry there is a requirement for industry to share data with their prospective research partners.  Industry partners have a tendency to be risk averse and protective of their data and this is often at odds with Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) data principles that are more conducive to quality research outcomes.

This creates particular challenges for researchers whose projects depend on industry data which is further exacerbated by the different approaches different industry partners may take to data risk assessment along with the differing approval processes that each may have which can often be difficult to navigate for an individual researcher.

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre for Transforming Maintenance through Data Science (CTMTDS) has worked with its industry partners to formulate a data life cycle framework with associated tooling that incorporates a standard data risk assessment, an industry standard data repository along with appropriate approval mechanisms to satisfy the more stringent industry requirements and alleviate industry concerns around data management, data governance and data security.

While some of the data governed by the framework may not ultimately satisfy all of the requirements to be considered truly FAIR, by designing a framework from the outset with FAIR principles in mind the barriers for data to be made available to the wider research community can be significantly reduced.


John Hille is a Software Developer with over a decade of professional experience working primarily with web, collaboration and cloud technologies. Currently he works as a support engineer within CSIRO’s Mineral Resources business unit working on a range of research and industry projects.


AeRO is the industry association focused on eResearch in Australasia. We play a critical coordination role for our members, who are actively transforming research via Information Technology. Organisations join AeRO to advance their own capabilities and services, to collaborate and to network with peers. AeRO believes researchers and the sector significantly benefit from greater communication, coordination and sharing among the increasingly different and evolving service providers.