About SCIP

How we work, our governance and our partners.

How we can help

We offer a range of services to research across Faculties and to projects beyond the University:

  • Project/Grant planning and budgeting support, especially in technology, data management, informatics, research software
  • Research consultations and face-to-face support
  • Training and workshops
  • Informatics experts to embed on your funded research projects or seed projects
  • Deeper partnerships on research project, where appropriate
  • Advice and help in navigating the range of platforms and services provided by our partners, across the University, nationally and internationally

Our expertise covers a range of areas including:

  • processes for capture and curation of data, eg. social media, online data, APIs
  • research data management
  • online/web resources and collections
  • data analytics and informatics
  • data wrangling, visualisation and presenting outcomes
  • digitisation & digital forensics (recovery of data off old media, damaged disks, floppy disks etc.)

Consultation hours:

Location:  Digital Studio, level 3 Arts West building.
Time: 1pm to 5pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday (please book a consultation)

Location: MGSE, Level 3, 100 Leicester Street (in the staff kitchen/lounge area)
Time: 12:30pm to 2:30pm Wednesday

Bookings:  Request via email scip-enquiries@unimelb.edu.au

Our mission

SCIP responds to current demand and future growth in the digital humanities, arts, and social sciences by providing the necessary informatics skills and technology platforms to support researchers, research students and strategic research activities.

Why "informatics"

"Informatics” broadly describes the study and practice of creating, storing, finding, manipulating and sharing information and data. Informatics skills harness information technology (IT) across many fields to make data and information usable. This can involve building or working with tools and platforms that make data/information more accessible, understandable, researchable, or visualisable.

How we work

The SCIP core informatics team and partner network support a broad range of research activities from researcher consultations and workshops, through to deeper partnerships on prioritised research projects. SCIP specialises in exploring and applying technology for research in Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Education. SCIP often helps researchers navigate the range of platforms and services provided by our partners, across the University, nationally and internationally. This can be useful in project planning, in setting up resources and technology for your project, in streamlining digital research methods, or in sharing or communicating project outcomes. Since 2015 SCIP has been working in with research data, online/web resources and collections, analytics and informatics, visualisation and digitisation. See our People page for more information on our core team and our partner network people and services.

The SCIP team work as a part of the Faculty of Arts Digital Studio and work closely with Melbourne Graduate School of Education and their research support staff. SCIP partners with the Digital Studio and MGSE to support research, raising awareness, digital research practice, and on training and workshops.

SCIP governance

The SCIP platform is part of the Melbourne Collaborative Research Infrastructure Program (MCRIP) and is jointly funded by the University, the Faculty of Arts, the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, the Library (Research and Collections), and Research Platform Services. SCIP has a Core Governance Group that meet regularly to review platform activity, to approve support for priority research projects, and to plan future SCIP activities in alignment with faculty priorities. The SCIP Core Governance Group consists of faculty based research leadership, representatives from the Arts and MGSE research offices, and representatives from the funding partners:

  • Prof. Andrew May (SCIP CI and Associate Dean Research, Arts)
  • Prof. Rachel Fensham (SCIP CI and Assistant Dean Digital Studio, Arts)
  • Dr Kathryn Coleman (SCIP CI, MGSE)
  • Ms Eliette Dupre Husser (Research Manager, Faculty of Arts)
  • Mr Matt Smith (Manager, Research & Industry, Melbourne Education Research Institute (MERI), MGSE)
  • Ms Donna McRostie (Associate Director, Research Information Management)
  • A/Prof. Gavan McCarthy (Director, eSRC)
  • Dr Andy Tseng (Head of Research Data Services, Research Platform Services)
  • Dr Lyle Winton (Manager, Digital Scholarship and SCIP Platform Manager)

SCIP partner network

The SCIP team works closely with a network of partners that provide expertise, advice, infrastructure and services to SCIP projects. The SCIP partner network includes:

The SCIP Working Group meets regularly and consists of senior representatives from each of the partners. The Working Group meets to discuss and coordinate collaboration on new projects, to plan joint activities such as training and outreach, and to jointly address the challenges faced by projects and researchers.