Melbourne Data Analytics Platform

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The Melbourne Data Analytics Platform (MDAP) provides University of Melbourne researchers with data analytics, data science, software engineering and data stewardship support to enhance their research impact.

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We help researchers develop the necessary tools and resources for navigating this fast-paced era of data analytics.

We are a team of Research Data Specialists working to enable data-intensive research across the disciplines. We also assist with computation and infrastructure needs.

We have worked with:

  • Dr Khandis Blake (Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences) to interrogate an eight-year dataset of around six billion Tweets to understand how social media sentiment relates to real-world problems like gendered hate speech, domestic violence and mental illness;
  • Professor Jeannie Paterson (Law) to use Natural Language Processing to automatically extract information from legal judgments;
  • Associate Professor Malte Meinshausen (Science) to reformat large quantities of specialised data to make it compatible with tools commonly used to inform climate science and decision making.


We work with academics via collaborations, expert advice, advocacy, and short-term research projects.

Our team, experienced in a diverse range of disciplines, hold expertise in:

  • Research study design
  • Data management
  • Data stewardship
  • High performance and cloud computing
  • Data analysis
  • Machine learning
  • Computing infrastructure
  • Natural language processing
  • Image and video processing
  • Virtual/augmented reality
  • Data visualisation
  • Web development
  • Community building
  • Data collection methods

User information

We offer two primary streams of engagement:

  1. Collaboration: an allocation scheme for formal collaborative research projects lasting at least 3-6 months, with twice yearly open calls
  2. Consultancy, expert advice, advocacy and involvement in shorter term research projects.

Collaborations, advice and consultancy are offered free-of-charge to University of Melbourne academic researchers and graduate research students.

Other platforms

The platform can be used in conjunction with:

Contact us

Andrew Siebel

Phone: +61 3 8344 0707

More information on this platform can be found on the Research Gateway, which is available to all University of Melbourne academic and honorary staff, graduate researchers and professional staff.  Please note, to access the Research Gateway, you will need to login with your University of Melbourne username and password.

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