Department of Broadband,Communications and the DigitalEconomy (DBDCE)Digital Local Government InitiativeDigital Hubs ProgramDigital Enterprises Program
$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
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.
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 : ????
First Proposal: ▪ New England eLibrary ▪ Bolinda ($132,000) 2nd Proposal: ▪ 2Easy digital reference
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
Primary aged school students 3.30pm to 5:30pm Platform agnostic, web based allow video conference, screen sharing and data exchange
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