Research Platform Services (ResPlat) provides, builds and maintains ICT infrastructure for researchers, in particular cloud compute infrastructure and data storage infrastructure. Enabling data-driven research and the effective use of IT is at the centre of everything we do. We service more than 3,000 researchers from all disciplines across Parkville, within Victoria, and nationally.We work closely with key research support units including Faculty IT teams, the Melbourne eResearch Group, the Library, and other Infrastructure Services departments.
As well as providing underlying infrastructure services, we also work with researchers to provide a range of training, engagement and community building activities aimed at both maximising usage of the facilities, and maximising the value researchers get from them. By building community infrastructure in this way, we connect researchers with each other, with the supplied infrastructure, and with related infrastructure and services such as NCI, Pawsey, Melbourne BioInformatics, etc.
Headed up by Dr. Stephen Giugni, we are an operational unit of about 30 people in Infrastructure Services . We’re part of the greater University Services, through which 10 core staff are funded. Rounding out our 10 core staff is a larger flexible pool of project funded staff who work on our key service initiatives.
Our services have been built using capital funding sources within the University as well as from the national funding programs such as NeCTAR, RDSI and RDS. We continue to work with University, precinct, state and national partners to develop, establish, refine and renew our services, and draw on project funds for these endeavours.