Gavan McCarthy, as the inaugural member of staff, was appointed in 1985 to establish the Australian Science Archives Project in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Melbourne. ASAP, as it was known, became part of the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre when it was established in 1999. McCarthy was archivist in charge of ASAP until his appointment as a Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Centre and had become known internationally for his innovative approach to archival description and contextual information management. In 2007 Austehc broadened its scope and moved to the University Library as the eScholarship Research Centre with McCarthy as Director. In 2013 he was appointed as Associate Professor of social and cultural informatics, drawing heavily on his contributions to archival science.