Informatics incorporates many mathematical, computer science and engineering processes to extract meaningful results from large amounts of data.

The Capability

Informatics is a multi-disciplinary field that builds on methods for storing, retrieving, organising and analysing data. With significant advancement in technology and the ability to generate large volumes of data, informatics has become an important aspect of all areas of research. As such, the University of Melbourne has invested in the development of a number of informatics operations to support high quality research and publications thereby empowering its student and academic researchers to do great things with their data.

The University Platforms

Melbourne Informatics provide a number of information management and analysis services spanning the breadth of research conducted within the University, from medical and health to material sciences. Collectively, these research service units facilitate the effective capture, storage and organisation of data for maximal access, use and reuse. Some of the informatics platforms available to researchers include:


The Social and Cultural Informatics Platform (SCIP) pulls together and develops innovative sociotechnical methods, practices and protocols for collecting, managing, re-using and curating digital research data.

Melbourne Bioinformatics

Melbourne Bioinformatics delivers bioinformatics, data services, and infrastructure capabilities for life sciences. Our team of 25 expert bioinformaticians are trusted peers to consult about research design; grant writing; data management and curation; and, compute options. They are also collaborators and partners on a range of projects with major local, national, and international partners.


NeCTAR's Genomics Virtual Laboratory connects genome researchers with massive datasets, sophisticated analysis tools, and large-scale computational infrastructure.


Humanities Networked Infrastructure (HuNI) is a NeCTAR-funded virtual laboratory collecting data from a large number of cultural data sets for re-use.


Software to map humanities data into physical and interactive maps.


The Melbourne Platform for Research Software Solutions (PRESS) comprises a team of software engineers working in a range of strategic projects, providing targeted computational infrastructure support to a broad range of research communities.

Access to the Platforms is based on fee-for-service or merit.

Major Initiatives