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    Sustainable paths for data-intensive research communities at the University of Melbourne: a report for the Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories
    In 2006 the University of Melbourne participated in an eResearch auditing project with the Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories (APSR). The focus of this project was to look at the data management needs of a selection of data intensive research communities at the university. A multidisciplinary team within Information Services documented researcher community activity around research data management, storage and sustainability. Eleven research communities from diverse disciplines were selected including: Applied Economics; Astrophysics; Computer Science and Software Engineering; Education; Ethnography; Experimental Particle Physics; Humanities informatics; Hydrology and Environmental Engineering; Linguistics; Medical informatics; Neuroscience, and the Performing Arts. Project findings provided information about general sustainability issues of data management policies and practices at the university. Recommendations around ICT infrastructure and support needs of eResearchers were proposed for consideration by management.
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    Shaping the context for an integrated knowledge hub for the dairy and grains industry project: managing knowledge in the public sphere – ‘lessons learned’
    In 2011, the Victorian Department of Primary Industries (DPI) undertook a “proof of concept” project related to the design and development of two integrated knowledge hubs for the dairy and grains industry sectors. The University of Melbourne’s eScholarship Research Centre (ESRC) was engaged to provide advice on how structured online knowledge could contribute to the provision of persistent, authoritative information to farmers and industry service providers. For more than 25 years, the ESRC and its predecessors have operated as both academic centres and focal points for infrastructure design, testing and deployment. The Centre has been a key collaborator in more than twenty online knowledge resources dating back to the earliest days of the web, all of which remain accessible in some form or another to this day. In delivering this report, ‘Managing Knowledge in the Public Sphere – “Lessons Learned”,’ the authors draw on these experiences to present findings for consideration by DPI.