The service provides a single, comprehensive point of access for research conducted or sponsored by the Australian government or its agencies. The national government has established an Australian Research Data Commons and registry with standardized storage and retrieval methods across research projects with the goal of unified and simplified access to result sets, promoting access to and reuse of data. An additional goal is improved visibility of Australian research within search engine results.
API methods support search access to stored data sets compliant with Open Search and Open Archives Initiative (OAI) formats. Methods support retrieval of data objects from the ANDS registry and of groupings in which objects are organized, including spatial data. Methods also provide lists of registered data sources with descriptive metadata detailing the data they provide.