The Digital Studio in Arts West (Building 148) is a dedicated collaborative and research project facility for academics, graduate students, and industry partners.
Set across two floors of the Arts West Building on the University of Melbourne campus, the Digital Studio provides a range of services and infrastructure to support University researchers, professionals and selected industry experts and students working on digital projects in the humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS). The Digital Studio therefore aims to assist the Faculty of Arts to build scale in significant and interdisciplinary fields of research endeavour.
The Digital Studio leverages state of the art technologies to transform the ways in which teaching, research and scholarship are performed. In association with University Library and Research Platforms, it offers a combination of research project development resources for staff and students, as well as the technical expertise and services in infrastructure and technology to underpin innovative research and collaboration.
Digital Scholarship is concerned with understanding the transformative uses of content that result in innovative research and new tools to engage with intellectual materials. It encourages an enquiring approach to digital infrastructure rather than more passive uses of electronic content, such as emailing or word processing. Digital scholarship encompasses a number of disciplines, including humanities/digital humanities, social sciences, cultural informatics, the visual and performing arts, as well as the intersections of these disciplines with scientific domains.
The aims of the Digital Studio are to:
- support faculty, staff and students with the creation of digital scholarship works
- improve the standard of research data management practice and the development of new and/or improved digital methodologies
- support in building partnerships and facilitate connections with campus and library units aimed at enabling the research, teaching and learning goals of the faculty of the University and the surrounding community
- contribute to developing innovative digital humanities projects that contribute to research and teaching at The University of Melbourne
- become a hub for digital scholarship, staffed by individuals with specialised skills who support work