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2104 4th Annual National Higher Education Communication Officers' Conference 2014

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Better, faster, more: Strategies for the next generation of broadband …

Better, faster, more: Strategies for the next generation of broadband
Federation University Australia through the Centre for eCommerce and Communications (CeCC) is delivering a dynamic awareness and skills development program. The Centre assists businesses and not-for-profit entities to leverage opportunities from broadband technologies and deliver learning programs to internal university stakeholders. One of the trends predicted by international experts in digital communication is the transition from text based information to content that is viewed spatially, in 3D and other visual formats. Helen will discuss:
• How next generation broadband creates new opportunities
• Strategies: Using visual storytelling to deliver the message
• Tools to create increased audience engagement

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  • 1. Centre for eCommerce and Communications Better, faster, more: Strategies for the next generation of broadband Dr Helen Thompson CeCC Director Office of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) 17 June 2014
  • 2. Centre for eCommerce and Communications Background • Federation University Australia was established on 1 January 2014 • The Centre for eCommerce and Communications (CeCC) is located within the Office of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation). • Key areas of applied research, commercial activities and community engagement include eResearch, digital futures and spatial research. • CeCC is also responsible for the corporate web team and www.federation.edu.au • This presentation explores strategies for next generation broadband in a higher education context outside the normal focus on learning and teaching
  • 3. Centre for eCommerce and Communications Major trends • Ubiquitous high-speed broadband being rolled out. • The Petabyte Age… >50% of the world’s data is being collected each year – how do we utilise it? • Open data policies… raw data is more accessible, but how to interpret it? • Mobile technologies… everyone is spatially enabled and spatially aware – we want to know about here and now. • 3d visualisation technology is more commonplace than ever before - television, cinema, printers…
  • 4. Centre for eCommerce and Communications Significance of trends in HE context • Ubiquitous high-speed broadband… Universities have the connectivity that the rest of Australia is waiting for • The Petabyte Age… >50% of the world’s data is being collected each year – how will this change current research practices? What do we need to access, publish and share? • Open data policies… Opportunities for Universities and particularly regional universities to play a significant role in generating insight from data • Mobile technologies… app development and responsive design – for student and staff recruitment, engagement, knowledge transfer. • 3d and visualisation technologies - massive innovation and research opportunities
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  • 6. Centre for eCommerce and Communications Digital engagement in HE context • Introduced social media policy • With permission of Department of Justice produced FedUni Social media video based on justice.vic.gov.au/socialmedia • Created dedicated social media officer role • Working toward development of Social media champions • Opportunities to leverage learning from Central Highlands Digital Enterprise Program • Goal to build organisational capacity in social media so diversity of University learning and teaching, research, engagement and knowledge transfer activities reflected
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  • 8. Centre for eCommerce and Communications Producing FedUni news and events content • FedNews rolled out in 2013 • Enhanced workflow processes for Media Manager for corporate news • Distributed publishing and approval process for internal news • Daily email digest to all staff • Pull in content from other sources: careers; training opportunities etc • Enhancements in 2015 – Faculty and Portfolio news and digests • Image gallery enhancements
  • 9. Centre for eCommerce and Communications Research engagement in HE context Interoperability - Linking data sources Spatial representation of data - Place-based data Visualisation - 2D & 3D imagery and models spatial.federation.edu.au
  • 10. Centre for eCommerce and Communications Sport and Recreation Spatial • A national geographic information system (GIS) for presenting spatial data. • Provides the sport and recreation sector with increased capacity for research, strategic planning, and development of participation programs and facilities. • Technology – Map server, Open layers, Spatially enabled database, Thematic maps, Large dataset (ERASS 10 year survey), queryable layers, sortable layers, transparent layers
  • 11. Centre for eCommerce and Communications Netball 2012 participation rate by postcode
  • 12. Centre for eCommerce and Communications Integrated Fire Management Planning • An interoperable spatial information system for Barwon South West stakeholders • Providing access to the most current relevant information and fire risk data • Supporting the community to develop integrated regional and local fire management plans. • Technology – Open layers, VicMAP API • Features – Layer stacking, layer transparency, interoperable data
  • 13. Centre for eCommerce and Communications DEPI fire history and planned burns
  • 14. Centre for eCommerce and Communications GRDC online farm trials research • The Online Farm Trials Research project is funded by the Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) • Aims to provide improved and enhanced access to historical and future farm trials information and data using online systems. • Interactive digital library and farm trial information database
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  • 16. Centre for eCommerce and Communications Corangamite Soil Health Knowledge Base • A project has been initiated by the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority, to construct an online repository of soil health information and knowledge • Includes reports, research papers, maps and descriptions related to: • current and past soil series mapping • land capability and suitability assessments • agricultural trials • soil research and investigations
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  • 18. Centre for eCommerce and Communications Historical maps • The Eureka Stockade: An Interactive History portal contains historical overlays and points of interest in the Ballarat area around the time of the Eureka Stockade. • Dynamic map is an interactive spatial interface to the underlying information.
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  • 20. Centre for eCommerce and Communications Natural Disaster Research In response to the landslide events of January 2011 in the Grampians National Park, Federation University Australia have been engaged by Northern Grampians Shire to investigate the social, economic and environmental impact of the events
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  • 22. Centre for eCommerce and Communications FedUni Commute • A visualisation containing over 1250 FedUni staff members will soon be released to illustrate the benefits of telecommuting, and the university's environmental impact from staff commuting. With the 2014 addition of the Gippsland campus, this will show more commute patterns than the original UB Commute visualisation (2012)
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  • 24. Centre for eCommerce and Communications Regional ICT studies Extensive experience in coordinating regional and local ICT planning projects: • Great South Coast Regional Communications Strategy • Yarra Ranges Opportunity Assessment for Economic and Community Growth through the Broadband Economy • Wimmera Southern Mallee and Central Highlands ICT studies • Moorabool Community Broadband and Telecommunications Strategy • Ballarat ICT 2030 strategy Research results presented using innovative approaches: • Live geographical analysis of business and community survey data • Technologies : Customised Lime Survey package, Google Maps API
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  • 26. Centre for eCommerce and Communications Australian Digital Soil Mapping • OzDSM is a collaborative workspace for researchers working on digital soil mapping (DSM) in Australia. • DSM utilises numerical methods and information technologies to produce predictive maps of soil types and their properties. • Technologies include Map server, Open layers with features incorporating • Features: Spatially enabled database, Layer querying
  • 27. Centre for eCommerce and Communications Soil landform map
  • 28. Centre for eCommerce and Communications Visualising Victoria’s Groundwater • The VVG portal provides access to groundwater data from across Victoria. • It features a unique state- wide map of over 275,000 bores, providing access to a user-friendly database offering the most comprehensive view of groundwater data in Victoria • Web-based 3D Visualisation tools.
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  • 31. Centre for eCommerce and Communications Visualising Victoria’s Groundwater • Documentary produced to demonstrate value of eResearch, knowledge management and spatial research • Target audience internal stakeholders, current partners and future investors • Strategies for next generation broadband practically demonstrate relevance of better, faster, more broadband in a HE context • Visual story telling has been very effective in communicating the opportunities but lots of traditional communication still utilised
  • 32. Centre for eCommerce and Communications http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=l5mUYGPK1TI
  • 33. Centre for eCommerce and Communications More info • FedUni www.federation.edu.au • CeCC www.federation.edu.au/cecc • FedUni Spatial spatial.federation.edu.au • Social media video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpyFarLoVAk&feature= youtu.be • VVG video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5mUYGPK1TI

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