eScholarship Research Centre

The eScholarship Research Centre (ESRC) has formally closed as a University of Melbourne research centre. The University acknowledges the significant contribution made by the ESRC to informatics in archival science and digital humanities scholarship since its establishment in 2007, building on a history going back to 1985. Thank you for your support and collaboration during the ESRC’s years of operation.

The University is currently engaged in securing and maintaining scholarly information assets published and produced by the ESRC over its long history. Access to materials currently available online will be preserved but will no longer be updated by the ESRC. If you have an enquiry relating to accessing materials please contact

The University continues to actively support the Australian Women’s Register and Find and Connect projects, which will be administered and supported through the Faculty of Arts.

Return Reconcile Renew continues to be led by ANU. Associate Professor Gavan McCarthy and colleagues will continue supporting grants associated with this program through 2020.

Further Information and Resources

The tools produced by the ESRC are no longer being developed by the Centre. A community of practice is evolving to support the community that utilises the tools developed and maintained by ESRC, primarily the Online Heritage Resource Manager (OHRM) and the Heritage Documentation Management System (HDMS). If you would like to know more about this or become involved in this community of practice please contact Associate Professor Gavan McCarthy.

Identifying Research Collaborators

The University of Melbourne retains considerable research capability and interest in digital humanities scholarship. The profiles of these researcher are discoverable via the Find an Expert platform.

Find an Expert is a publicly accessible University platform that showcases University researchers including their scholarly works, publications, projects, news, supervision availability and contact details.

Professional Services and Research Platforms

The University continues to build capability and capacity to support the research community, in particular, in the areas social and cultural informatics; data curation; data analysis and visualisation; digital archiving and digital preservation.

The following are some of the professional services and research platforms to support the community following the closure of the ESRC.

SCIP (Social and Cultural Informatics Platform) – The SCIP platform provides a wide range of data and research methodology support for humanities and social science researchers at The Digital Studio of The University of Melbourne.

Digital Stewardship (Research) – Scholarly Services

The Digital Stewardship Program aims to modernise scholarly practice via digital techniques and by maximising the value of research data. The team at Melbourne provides services, training, advice in digital curation and preservation, data forensics and research data managemen

The DSR team hold expertise in:

  • Digital capability co-planning, including grants, contracts and negotiations;
  • Data governance, policy and agreements;
  • Data system design & establishment including advanced challenges;
  • Establishing capability to sustain and preserve data & information;
  • Modern data access, impact & publishing.

MDAP (Melbourne Data and Analytics Platform)

MDAP is a team of Research Data Specialists and Research Data Stewards working to enable data-intensive research across the disciplines, as part of the University’s Petascale Campus Initiative (PCI).

MDAP seeks to work closely with researchers and academics on collaborative projects to bring expertise in data-intensive research, computation, and related infrastructure. They are also able to provide research data stewardship and domain development of high-value data collections.

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

  • high performance and cloud computing
  • natural language processing
  • machine learning
  • computing infrastructure
  • data analysis
  • data management and curation
  • image and video processing
  • virtual/augmented reality
  • visualisation
  • web development

Additional information on professional services

Additional information on University research platforms

If you have additional queries, please contact