About the eResearch SA Open Data Directory

For researchers, this platform provides an easy way to store and describe research data. It is also an easy way to find, access and reuse datasets that other researchers and government agencies have made available.

The purpose of the eResearch SA Open Data Directory is to encourage access and reuse of research data by providing it in useful formats and under open licences.

What is open data?

The open data movement champions the idea that, for example, publicly funded researchers and organisations should make their data publicly available for access and reuse, without restriction.

The definition of open data, according to OpenDefinition.org is: “A piece of data or content is open if anyone is free to use, reuse, and redistribute it — subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and/or share-alike.”

Therefore, to meet this definition, a dataset must be:

  • easily accessible and modifiable

  • available as a whole, not partially, in machine-readable format

  • available to everyone, no matter their location, field of work etc

  • available for commercial and non-commercial use

  • allowed to be intermixed with other datasets and have derivative works created from it.

Find out more about open data.

About eResearch SA

Our aim is to provide South Australia’s researchers with powerful eResearch tools that make a positive impact on their research outcomes. Our services include high-performance computing, data management and storage, cloud computing, software development and consultancy.

Established in 2007, eResearch SA is a collaborative joint venture between the University of Adelaide, Flinders University, and the University of South Australia. Visit our website to find out more about our data services.

Contact our data team for more information, or if you'd like to use the eResearch SA Open Data Directory.


Funding for some of eResearch SA's data storage services has been provided by the Australian Government through the Research Data Storage Infrastructure project. Some funding for eResearch SA's data storage services has also been provided by the South Australian Government through the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology and the Premier's Research and Industry Fund.


The datasets provided through the eResearch SA Open Data Directory have been created by many different researchers, research groups, and government agencies. Consequently, we cannot guarantee the quality or timeliness of the datasets.

Terms of Use

Data presented on the eResearch SA Open Data Directory is provided under various open licences. Other material presented on data.sa.edu.au is provided under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

In the course of providing data for storage on the Open Data Directory, the data custodian asserts that s/he has the right to make the data available to eResearch SA and to end users, and agrees to comply with all applicable laws. eResearch SA may suspend or terminate use of or access to data stored on the Open Data Directory and is not obliged to give any period of notice or reasons for that suspension or termination. eResearch SA may remove the data from the Open Data Directory or issue a take down notice to the data custodian to take effect immediately.

When accessing data stored on the Open Data Directory you must comply with these terms of use and with all applicable laws. You must not use the Open Data Directory for malicious or fraudulent purposes.

eResearch SA has no claim over the intellectual property rights in data stored on the Open Data Directory.


Contact eResearch SA's Data team at data@ersa.edu.au.