Research Platform Services are responsible for research specific infrastructure. We provide platform access to researchers, expertise and education to research communities, and access to discipline specific tools and training.
Data storage and management
We offer a range of institutional supported data tools that can be used to assist in the management, movement, storage as well as improving the security of your research datasetsFind out more
Use the Melbourne Research Cloud as your personal virtual server and storageFind out more
HPC - High Performance Computing
HPC can help you perform your large research calculations, or many smaller calculations simultaneouslyFind out more
Research Bazaar Conference
Annual conference promoting computational literacy and digital research.
Natural Language Toolkit (NLTK)
Analyse language usage and sentiment in large natural text corpora.
Python is a general purpose programming language ideal for a wide variety of research needs.
R (via RStudio)
Free, open source and cross-platform software for manipulating datasets and producing statistical plots and analyses.
MATLAB is standard industry software for numerical computing. It is widely used in applied mathematics and engineering, and a large number of plugins are available for areas like image processing.
Visualise and analyse your DICOM datasets (CT, MRI etc) to produce beautiful visualisations for 3D printing, anatomical teaching, surgical planning and simulation.
3D Printing & Design
Design and printing of 3D spaces and objects
Interactive Web Applications
Create beautiful interactive data visualisations and apps on the web.
Manage research collections of images and their metadata, and create online exhibitions.
Free, beautiful typesetting of large, complicated documents.
Melbourne Research Cloud
The Melbourne Research Cloud offers flexible computational infrastructure for a wide variety of research needs. Three month trial access is available to researchers without any strings attached, and further access can be granted upon application.
Introduction to Linux and High Performance Computing
Meet Linux and the command line for interacting with our Spartan High Performance Computing service
Advanced Linux and Shell Scripting for HPC
Empower your usage of HPC with advanced Linux shell scripting
Parallel Processing with HPC
Accelerate your HPC jobs with parallel processing, OpenMP threading and message passing interface routines
Mediaflux is a capable, general-purpose data management platform for digital assets.
Introduction to Git and GitHub
Distributed code management to empower software development and collaboration
At Research Platform Services we offer a wide range of free workshops to help up-skill researchers in the tools they need to "Work Smarter, not Harder."
To view all of our upcoming workshops, refer to the calendar below, or register for any of our upcoming workshops on our Eventbrite page.
Level 2, Doug McDonell Building (168), University of Melbourne
CoLab - Rm 329, Level 3, Eastern Resource Centre (171), University of Melbourne
NOTE: If you are having trouble finding us amongst all the current construction works, check out our step by step direction gifs from the Swanston Street Tram Stop, and from House of Cards.
Research Platform Services is excited to announce the publication of The Digital Research Skills Cookbook: An Introduction to the Research Bazaar Community.
This new publication is a guide to learning and teaching digital research tools. It also explains how to build your own research community.
Each chapter includes introductory information about the latest digital tools and ‘challenges’ that encourage innovative and effective pedagogy. Material is organized to facilitate practical application of digital research skills and to encourage ‘learning by doing.'
The book includes step-by-step, visual introductions to learning and teaching the following tools: Python, R Studio, Matlab, Twitter Scraping, Textual Analysis with NLTK, TinkerCAD, Inventor, Fusion360, 3D Slicer, Omeka and LaTex.
Employing the latest pedagogical practices, the Digital Research Skills CookBook ensures learning is open and accessible to all.
Whether you want to teach yourself or start your own Research Bazaar, this is the book for you!
"As a former engineer and academic returning back to private sector, it's imperative that PhD students keen to move into industry learn valuable transferrable skills. Converting data into key insights, and communicating them to key stakeholders is a powerful combination of skills that are always in high demand. The ResBaz book helps readers build this powerful combination by teaching them how to harness and communicate the power of data."
Dr Paul J. Mignone
Principal - Energy and Technology Research at BHP
“The Research Bazaar grew out of the conviction that Free and Open Source Software and community have the power to change the world for the better and a desire to help researchers support each other on their quests for knowledge. In this introductory guide, users are introduced to the concepts of the Research Bazaar - the pedagogical foundations, the tools, and the philosophy - and invited to dip into using digital tools to enrich their work or take the plunge and host a conference. The passion that the Research Bazaar team brings to its every endeavour shines through this practical and accessible guide and invites readers to sample the wares at the bazaar.”
Dr Fiona Tweedie
Data Strategy Advisor, The University of Melbourne
"Academia has a long tradition of conferences, seminars and journal papers for sharing what we are researching, but no established forum for discussing the nuts and bolts of how we are researching. This book - and the Research Bazaar conferences and communities it inspires - is the answer to this glaring hole in academic discourse."
Dr Damien Irving
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere