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Armidale Library and the NBN


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Presentation delivered by Martin Mantle at the eResources Seminar held at the State Library of New South Wales October 25th 2011.

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Armidale Library and the NBN

  1. 1. Department of Broadband,Communications and the DigitalEconomy (DBDCE)Digital Local Government InitiativeDigital Hubs ProgramDigital Enterprises Program
  2. 2.  $17.1 million first 40 communities to receive NBN Round One: 8 local councils $375,000  Armidale NSW, Kiama, NSW, Willunga SA, Scottsdale, TAS, Smithton TAS, Brunswick VIC, Midway Point TAS, Townsville QLD “assist LG to deliver innovative online services” Non-competitive but funding subject to DBDCE approval of projects
  3. 3.  Scalable: as each new area of the community is connected to the NBN households in those areas will have immediate access to the program. Replicable: Other LGAs can adopt the program. Genuine demonstration of fibre telecommunications infrastructure.
  4. 4.  Informal discussion with DBDCE : June 2011 Appointment of consultant : July 2011 Draft program guidelines : August 2011 Develop projects : June 2011- Sept 2011 Submission of applications : Sept 2011 Further consultation with DBDCE : Sept/Oct 2011 Refine projects : Sept/Oct 2011 Announcement of successful funding : ????
  5. 5.  First Proposal: ▪ New England eLibrary ▪ Bolinda ($132,000) 2nd Proposal: ▪ 2Easy digital reference
  6. 6.  Digital Communication:  Video Conferencing software  Computer hardware  Web 2.0 Digital Content:  eLibrary resources: eBooks, EAudio, Video  Databases  Websites Digital Connectivity:  Fibre connection to the library  WiFi
  7. 7.  Primary aged school students 3.30pm to 5:30pm Platform agnostic, web based allow video conference, screen sharing and data exchange
  8. 8.  Previous attempts at video reference failed because:  Slow, intermittent and complex  Targeted at audiences who use video for social interaction Reason for success:  Fault line between students and parents over the use of the Internet for homework research