Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation
Cultural Conservation Professional Development
The Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation will utilise new media tools that develop deeper levels of interaction and collaboration between centralised conservation experts, regional institutions and cultural workers. The pilot will assess if an orchestration of specialised imaging technologies, video streaming platforms and collaborative data tools can technically overcome the tyrannies of distance and mobility that threaten the maintenance of Victoria’s cultural heritage.
Grant Received: $25,000
A techno-historical trail of Peek Whuurong historical sites created by local students
Through collaboration between Peek Whuurong representatives, Brauer College and Deakin University, secondary school students will develop a navigable heritage trail using the geo-location capabilities of mobile devices. The students’ peers will then use the heritage trail to learn about significant sites. This work will contribute to the preservation of Indigenous oral cultural.
Grant Received: $28,529
Delivering Law to Regional Victoria - e learning solutions
Deakin University’s Centre for Rural and Regional Law and Justice will trial effective and innovative ways the internet can assist in engaging with and delivering law and legal content on-site to rural and regional professional sectors, services and communities. The project intends to investigate, using both stand alone and combined technologies including personal computers and other mobile devices such as laptops, tablets, mobile phones and social media, trialling a suite of selected eLearning platforms.
Grant Received: $29,253
Young People's Hepatitis 'App'
Hepatitis Victoria will develop an app that provides simple ways to identify and negotiate safer practices and overcome the range of challenges that may be present (such as identifying risks associated with unsafe tattooing and body art practices). The organisation hopes this will encourage information sharing and social connection, as well as increasing awareness of hepatitis C and the risk of infection.
Grant Received: $24,700
MS Australia 'MeSh' project
MS Australia is proposing to develop an online platform for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in Victoria and across Australia to connect with each other, share their stories and experiences, learn more about their disease and to help others. The site will allow people with MS, their families, loved ones and carers to create profiles, post updates, start threads and contribute to forums, as well as upload new information about the treatments, blogs and events related to MS in Victoria and Australia.
Grant Received: $15,000
Penny Harris Productions Pty Ltd
An Interactive Bilingual Augmented Reality App teaching Chinese & English from Preschool to Grade 2
Penny Harris Productions will scope and prototype an interactive augmented reality app as a teaching tool for bi-lingual Chinese/English learning for Preschools to Grade 2. Using state of the art technology, children will be engaged in ways that offer immersive learning, innovation and opportunities for creativity, taking of advantage of young children’s interest in, and efficacy with new technologies.
Grant Received: $30,000
Evaluation of Flood Preparation Game as a Community Education Tool
RMIT, in conjunction with the City of Port Phillip and Victorian SES, have developed an innovative game to teach people what to do in a flash flood situation. With assistance from the Telematics Trust, RMIT will conduct a controlled study to assess whether “serious games” are more effective than traditional print media and information available via websites. It hopes to recruit volunteer residents, split them into groups and compare the results of game vs print.
Grant Received: $29,839
Sustainable and Affordable Housing Assessment Tool
RMIT is proposing to develop an easy to use web-based application which provides home buyers or renters with a star rating regarding the long term affordability and sustainability of particular housing choices. This rating will be determined according to the user’s individual work and living situation. It will access and use existing resources such as domain.com, and Open Maps to obtain geographic data, and information on available properties. It will then assess these properties with regard to personal information provided by the user, such as family members, school preferences, work location and so on, in order to calculate an affordability rating which combines a range of factors beyond (though including) mortgage repayments. The tool will be developed so that additional aspects can easily be added.
Grant Received: $29,732
eGuide as a learning tool kit for breast cancer related supportive care services
RMIT will prototype a cancer eGuide to guide breast cancer patients and care-givers so they understand what is happening to them, enabling them to make the right decisions relating to their supportive care options. The intention is that this eGuide proof of concept will improve cancer literacy by using a “learning curriculum” framework.
Grant Received: $30,000