The Australian Research Data Commons is a combination of the set of shareable Australian research collections, the descriptions of those collections including the information required to support their re-use, the relationships between the various elements involved (the data, the researchers who produced it, the instruments that collected it and the institutions where they work), and the infrastructure needed to enable, populate and support the commons. Australian National Data Service (ANDS) does not hold the actual data, but points to the location where the data can be accessed.
One way to access the contents of the Australian Research Data Commons is through Research Data Australia. Research Data Australia is a set of interlinked, user-friendly web pages that displays this rich descriptive information. Research Data Australia is designed to promote the visibility of research data collections through internet search engines.