SEGRA Conference Presentation - Regional Universities Network Helen Thompson
SEGRA 2012Advancing Industry - Academic ResearchCollaborations: getting your research fundedDr Helen ThompsonUniversity of Ballarat and National Broadband Champion
Being a Regional University• Make major contributions to regional economies and create regional jobs• Key role in building regional growth and development through producing, retaining and attracting qualified people• Play a lead role in regional innovation and business development
University of Ballarat Technology ParkBallarat, has emerged as the most competitive location inAustralia for the delivery of IT servicesNBN services being rolled out across regionState government investment of $2.9 million confirmedpaving the way for more investment and jobs in BallaratAn additional 22 hectare site. Additional 11 buildings withroom for 1500 employeesCBD Technology Park activities will open in July 2013Major IBM announcement pending
Being a Regional University• Enrich the social, cultural and environmental quality of life in regional communities• Significant contributors to ‘closing the gap’• Conduct research that matters• Demonstrate excellence in learning, teaching and the student experience
Collaborative Research NetworkAs part of the UB Blueprint research strategy wasre-alignedCRN funding secured – a 3 year $16m projectwith $6m from the Australian GovernmentCRN Self Sustaining Regions Research andInnovation Initiative is focuses on the significantchallenges that face regional areas and exploresways of strengthening regional well-being, healthand social connectedness, and driving regionalrejuvenation
RUN’s Objectives1. To provide policy advice to government particularly about tertiary education and regional development;2. To strengthen and to promote the contributions of regional universities to regional and national development; and,3. To share best practice in educational delivery, training, research and organisational management.
RUN seeks development of acomprehensive new strategy, theRegional Development andInnovation Initiative, thatrecognises the role played byregional universities in facilitatingand strengthening regionaleconomic development.
RUN Research CollaborationResearch collaborations are beginning toemerge• Sharing information and access to research infrastructure• Exploring the potential for a shared response to research needs across Medicare Local Network• Initiating collaborative research and engagement around Digital Rural Futures - Smart Farm, Smart Region
NBN enabled telehealth and 3D medicineUB Secured state government funding viaBroadband Enabled Innovation ProgramLed by UB’s Associate Professor Andrew Stranieri -multiple partners12 Sites in Victoria• Tele-dentistry• Tele-psychiatry• Tele-oncology• Tele-wound• Tele-geriatrics
Centre for eCommerce and CommunicationsOffice of Deputy Vice Chancellor ResearchUniversity of Ballarat
Digital futures and eResearchCeCC established in 1998 when dial upinternet was being rolled out in regionsOrganisational responsibilitiesexpanded in 2012 to include digitalfutures, knowledge management andeResearchSupporting UB and regionalorganisations in developing andimplementing strategies to supporteffective use informationcommunications technologies
Regional Strategic PlanningNot just building strategy but helpingregional organisations to progressstaged implementation• Assist with securing funding,grant identification, writing• Represent region and lead advocacy in many areas• Early rollout region for the National Broadband Network• Ballarat Smart 21 Intelligent Community of the Year
Visualising Victoria’s GroundwaterSmartly manage our environmentutilising high speed broadbandcapabilities to capture, aggregateand spatially depict Victoriasgroundwater systems for publicaccess and sustainabledevelopment and management
Sport and Recreation SpatialBring data together around activeparticipation, facilities and clubdata, population and healthoutcomes together to informpolicy and practice
Dairy Innovation AustraliaAn online spatial applicationto visualise dairy productionper region and dairyindustry location. The dataused in this prototypeconsisted of milk, proteinand fat production levels fordairy producing regions.
Integrated Fire Management PlanningA knowledge database anddata portal using web-basedmapping to support strategicfire-risk planning usingcommunity, regional, state andcommonwealth data
Central Highlands Digital Enterprise Program Increase digital engagement via two year public awareness and skills development program Deliver training and advice for SMEs. NFPs and cultural organisations Approximately $1m secured to support 150 group session and 660 individual mentoring sessions Strengthen established network capacity and foster local champions
National Telework Week• Telework promotes flexible work practices and the use of the latest technologies to stay connected with colleagues, clients and managers• UB signed on as partner• Established internal and regional working groups• Workshops and forums with Jon Dee and Tim Fawcett• Mapped location for over 1,000 UB staff to provide planning insights for the future
Eureka I’ve found it!NBN enabled skills and education –funding being sought from other sourcesGoal is to build regional capacity - digitiseregional newspapers, historical collectionsand documents from Ballarat and beyondIdentify, describe and create digitalrepositories of collections of historicaldocuments, maps, print resources,artefacts, imagesInterlink with TROVE and other national,state and educational resources
Strongwill and serious gamesPartnership with Hume RiverinaCommunity Legal ServicesOnline visitors are led through athree stage game process to helpmake decisions about the content oftheir Will.The game explores what wouldhappen if they were to die without aWill, collects personal informationand gives a summary of decisions.
Further information Contact Helen Thompson Director Centre for eCommerce and Communications Office of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) University of Ballarat Email email@example.com Web www.ballarat.edu.au and www.cecc.com.au