Tinker forms part of national research infrastructure that supports Australian researchers in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS). The HASS research community is the largest portion of the Australian research landscape by any measure, commonly understood to comprise more than 40% of current funded research. HASS is a multidisciplinary grouping that represents significant domain specialisation, interdisciplinarity, and transdisciplinarity. 

Tinker aims to support this diverse research community to access new tools and research methods, realise their research ambitions, and increase their confidence with data and digital research methods.

The Tinker website has been developed in a collaboration between a range of partner organisations, including AARNet, Alveo, AURIN, Australian Data Archive, eResearch SA Limited, Griffith University, The National Library of Australia, and The University of Melbourne.

Produced as part of a Data Enhanced Virtual Laboratory (DEVL) project funded by The Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC), Tinker provides a gateway to an ecosystem of data, tools and services.