AURIN Data Licence FAQs

These FAQs explain the basics of the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) project and give background to the AURIN Standard Data Licence. The information on this page is provided as general guidance only. It is not intended to affect the interpretation of AURIN’s licence agreements with data providers, the AURIN Standard Data Licence or the AURIN End User Terms.

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What is the AURIN Project?

The AURIN Project has been funded by the Commonwealth Government to create e-infrastructure for urban research. AURIN aims to make data on urban infrastructure accessible to researchers and policy decision-makers through a Workbench linking urban researchers, policy- and decision-makers to data, analytical tools and visualisation components to make better decisions about Australian urban areas. The AURIN Workbench is accessible through the ‘Workbench’ page on the AURIN website and includes the AURIN Portal and associated sites controlled and administered by AURIN. Most of the facilities delivered through the AURIN Workbench are securely password protected and not accessible by the general public.

AURIN will coordinate the collection and access to information from a variety of authoritative data sources (archival and dynamic). AURIN is developing data collection protocols, approaches to data harmonisation, fine securitised data solutions and a suite of online open source e-research tools to support data search, discovery, interrogation and visualisation. This will support research excellence and evidenced based decision-making that addresses issues of national significance. The AURIN eResearch infrastructure supports both deep and multi-disciplinary enquiry into issues facing Australian human settlements and facilitates partnerships with industry to help translate research outcomes into national benefit.

Funding for the AURIN project has been provided by the Australian Government under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) and associated programmes.

The University of Melbourne is the lead agent for the AURIN Project pursuant to the Education Investment Funding Agreement with the Commonwealth on 10 June 2010.

What is the AURIN Data Licence template? Why does AURIN have its own Data Licence template?

AURIN supports open data initiatives like Creative Commons. However for organisations that would prefer not to provide data to AURIN through Creative Commons or other open data initiatives, AURIN has developed the AURIN Standard Data Licence for data providers to use.

The AURIN Standard Data Licence captures the unique nature of the AURIN Project. Our experience has been that data licence documentation provided by most organisations are aimed at the release of data to an individual or company requesting it for their own use. AURIN, by contrast, is a collaborative initiative that provides researchers and policy decision-makers with access to data for non-commercial purposes. AURIN has worked with legal counsel to develop terms that are designed to address common data provider concerns while also allowing for AURIN’s unique data facilitation role.

Who are AURIN end users?

AURIN end users are researchers, policy makers and decision-makers who have been approved to use the AURIN Portal. Access to the AURIN Workbench is generally restricted to people associated with our collaborator institutions and approved researchers, policy-makers and decision-makers. Members of organisations with Australian Access Federation (AAF) credentials do not need any separate registration to use the AURIN Portal. If your organisation does not have AAF credentials, you can apply for an account in the AAF Virtual Home Organisation. These accounts allow access to the AURIN Portal at AURIN’s discretion.

The Data Licence provides for a sub-licence of data to end users so that they can access the data, subject to the AURIN Terms of Use.

What are the AURIN Terms of Use?

The AURIN Terms of Use set out the terms on which end users can access and use data and e tools. The Terms of Use are available from the AURIN homepage and are included in Schedule 2 to the Data Licence. Under the Terms of Use end users can only access data and tools for non-commercial purposes. Non-commercial purposes include research, educational, teaching, academic or local, state or federal government policy-making or planning purposes. For further details please refer to the Terms of Use.

Who are AURIN sub-project partners?

AURIN Sub-project partners are other organisations who are collaborating with the University of Melbourne on sub-projects, in order to achieve the AURIN’s objectives in accordance with EIF and NCRIS Funding agreements. Sub-projects include the preparation of data for inclusion in the AURIN Workbench. Examples of sub-projects involving data can be found on the AURIN homepage.

Sub-project partners include other universities and collaborators who have entered into sub-project agreements with the University of Melbourne in its capacity as lead agent for AURIN.

The Data Licence provides for a sub-licence of data to sub-project partners. This is so that sub-project partners can access the data for the purpose of carrying out any sub-project work under their relevant sub-project agreements.

What security measures does AURIN have in place to protect data?

AURIN takes all reasonable steps to keep all information made available through the AURIN environment secure and protected from misuse. Most data is contributed from distributed and autonomous data providers. Where data is of a sensitive nature, we will work closely with data providers to ensure that all confidential information is withheld and only aggregate information is made accessible to end users.