Frequently Asked Questions about using SCIP services, accessing research services and general informatics advice.

What do you mean by social and cultural 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.

Social and cultural informatics is a trans-disciplinary field of research and practice, which studies the use of Information and Communication Technologies in cultural and social contexts. SCIP brings together a number of experts active in this area in order to provide services that focus on technology applied to humanities, arts, and social sciences research methods.

What is the mission of the Social and Cultural Informatics Platform?

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. With a core informatics team and partner network of experts, services and infrastructure, SCIP supports a broad range of research activities, from researcher consultations and workshops, through to deeper partnerships on prioritised research projects.

What are examples of informatics tasks?

  • The planning and development, and implementation of information outputs for research and research projects i.e. publicly available databases, websites, collections, visualisations etc.
  • The planning and development, and implementation of information models, data management strategies and data storage tools to collect/digitise, organise, describe, share/secure, use and present research data.
  • The investigation, development and use of advanced research tools to analyse or visualise data and information in different forms.
  • The planning of time, budget and resources for informatics, technology or technical work in a project or grant proposal.

How can I work with SCIP?

SCIP offers training and support consultations to all University researchers and collaborators. SCIP also supports and develops a number of research platforms for all researchers. If you are part of a partner faculty or school, or interested in joining SCIP as a project or faculty/school partner, you should contact us to discuss your needs/ideas with the team. Booking a consultation with us is a great first step. We can discuss:

  • Potential new projects
  • Past projects with reusable components
  • The use of SCIP platforms for research
  • Or just generally consult

How much does it cost to work with SCIP?

Consultation and support is free! SCIP training and events are generally free. SCIP also partners on a number of research projects by providing more significant contributions, as prioritised by the SCIP Governance Group. Within resource limits, the SCIP team and partner network services are free, but larger activities may require cost recovery at subsidised rates.

I’m just a PhD student, can I work with SCIP?

Yes! We'd love to hear from you. Post-graduate and early-career research can be the best projects in which to explore cutting edge of technology.

Can you help me with a funding application?

Absolutely. We specialise in the following aspects:

  • Management of Data sections - SCIP can tailor your application to your research approach, by highlighting available infrastructure to support data management, collaboration and secure sharing with your project partners, and where appropriate highlighting potential impact of data as non-traditional research outputs.
  • Supporting feasibility statements - SCIP contributes to the high-quality environment and facilities available to your research.
  • Supporting benefits and dissemination statements - SCIP can advise on approaches to making data/outcomes accessible, discoverable and visualisable throughout your project for commercial, community, social or cultural benefit.
  • Advising on innovation and approach - Our team and experts across the SCIP network can discuss, advise, and potentially partner on research projects to explore digital methods.
  • Planning and budgeting - We can help you to estimate resources and costs of technical infrastructure and work.

We're always happy to talk.