A common basic definition of eResearch is the use of advanced Information and Communications Technologies to support research.
eResearch is an umbrella term for:
- Creation, capture, storage and management of data (text, image, audio, video or numerical files)
- Access to high speed networks
- Access to computers that are able to perform advanced computations
- Collaborative tools that allow researchers around the world to work with others online
It applies not only to research but also to the knowledge transfer that flows from eResearch.
For over two decades there has been an active and long-standing engagement of many humanities and social sciences scholars in digital humanities and eResearch at the University of Melbourne. Many staff have been at the forefront of adopting new media and eResearch practices in their teaching and research. Faculty of Arts researchers are encouraged to engage as active participants in national and international eResearch networks and projects, and to engage in digital research that is collaborative, active, prioritised, cutting-edge, large-scale, internationalised, and maintainable.
The Faculty of Arts eResearch reference group work is convened by the Assistant Dean (Research) and provides advice to the Faculty's Research and Research Training committee on eResearch infrastructure, tools, training, and community and scholarly engagement. It encourages and supports knowledge transfer through:
- Open access publishing
- Improved research project websites
- Project showcases
- For upcoming events, symposia and workshops please check the News and Events sections of the website
- Mapping the resources and activities of eResearchers across the Faculty
- Developing an up-to-date web-based registry of projects
- Resources for staff can be found on the eResearch resources web page
For queries regarding the Faculty's eResearch activities please email Arts Research.