Melbourne Connect is a new initiative partnership between The University of Melbourne and industry groups. It is the centrepiece of a new innovation ecosystem connected to the university. In this paper we outlined the motivation and methods used to define a set of underlying principles for the operation of the innovation ecosystem.
We describe the construction, operation and evaluation of
the Melbourne Data Analytics Platform; a group of academics whose
mission is to support research requiring non-trivial data analysis or compute at the University of Melbourne.