The Australian Data Archive (ADA) provides a national service for the collection and preservation of digital research data and to make these data available for secondary analysis by academic researchers and other users. Data are stored in seven sub-archives: Social Science, Historical, Indigenous, Longitudinal, Qualitative, Crime & Justice and International. Along with Australian data, ADA International is also a repository for studies by Australian researchers conducted in other countries, particularly throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The ADA International data catalogue includes links to studies from countries including New Zealand, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, and several other countries.
In 2017 the archive systems moved from the existing Nesstar platform to the new ADA Dataverse platform https://dataverse.ada.edu.au/
ADA is covered by Thomson Reuters Data Citation Index.
Australian Data Archive is a regular member of the ICSU World Data System - WDS.
The archive is provided by a consortium of leading national Australian universities, managed by the Australian National University (ANU) and including nodes around Australia, at the University of Melbourne, University of Queensland, University of Technology Sydney and University of Western Australia. Includes Australian Social Science Data Archive. ADA was established at the ANU in 1981 under the original title of the Social Science Data Archive, with a brief to provide a national service for the collection and preservation of computer readable data relating to social, political and economic affairs and to make these data available for further analysis.