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VICNET:A brief overview. Brendan Fitzgerald VICNET Projects Coordinator. INTRODUCTION. VICNET FIRST 10 YEARS How did we get here? VICNET TODAY What do we do now? VICNET FUTURE Where to from here?. VICNET: First 10 years. The Big Idea State Library of Victoria & RMIT.

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VICNET:A brief overview

Brendan Fitzgerald

VICNET Projects Coordinator


INTRODUCTION

  • VICNET FIRST 10 YEARS

    • How did we get here?

  • VICNET TODAY

    • What do we do now?

  • VICNET FUTURE

    • Where to from here?


  • VICNET: First 10 years

    • The Big Idea

    • State Library of Victoria & RMIT


    VICNET: First 10 years

    • CONCEPTION & BIRTH

    • 1994: CSF Grant allocated ($340,000),

    • ISP and website established

    • 1995: VICNET launch

    • $1.2 million "Connecting all Victorians" from CSF Public Library partnership

    • 1996/97:

    • Online Public Access funding for Rural Libraries

    • Skills.net developed. Target to train 50,000 Victorians


    VICNET: First 10 years


    VICNET: First 10 years


    VICNET: First 10 years

    • CONSOLIDATION & GROWTH

    • 1998: Broadband technologies and big ICT projects

    • Libraries online funding from MMV ($1.8 million)

    • 1999 Rural Libraries Online Grant from Networking the Nation. ($3.47 million)

    • 2000: Satellite roll out to rural libraries & over 1000 public access workstations operational

    • Skills.net 2 - train and additional 40,000 Victorian


    VICNET: Cheap, Easy & Useful?


    VICNET: First 10 years

    • CONSOLIDATION & GROWTH

    • 2001-3 More growth

    • My Connected Community program, egaps - public access

    • Expand service provision to other community sectors and other states?

    • Community Networking project

    • 2004Review & Reassessment

    • Chief Information Officer – Dept of Premier & Cabinet

    • Kindergartens project ( DHS) – Connect 1300

    • - State Library is focussing more on community engagement.


    VICNET: First 10 years

    • CONSOLIDATION & GROWTH

    • 2005 New Programmes & relationships

    • State Library is focussing more on community engagement.

    • VOMA WoVG Multilingual Website

    • Bandwidth survey- NBSIG

    • Multilingual Senior Surfers (OSV)

    • Vicnet/DHS ICT disability working group (DHS)

    • Skills.net roadshow (MMV)

    • PIAP (MMV)


    VICNET:First 10 years

    • The 10 year summary

    • VICNET Technical Crisis

    • VICNET Liquidity Crisis


    VICNET TODAY

    • VICNET is:

    • A division of the State Library of Victoria

    • A business unit of the State Library of Victoria

    • VICNET does:

    • Community Web publishing

    • ISP services and products – not for profit & Commercial

    • Public Library projects

    • Government ICT project deliverer


    VICNET TODAY

    DRAFT


    Vicnet.net.au

    VICNET TODAY


    Pic vic vvl

    VICNET TODAY


    Open road

    VICNET TODAY

    http://www.openroad.net.au/conferences/2006/


    www.mylanguage.gov.au


    VICNET FUTURE


    VICNET FUTURE

    Content & Applications

    More Online Engagement

    Access

    Skills

    More Usage

    More Demand


    VICNET

    What sort of information are they looking for?

    “libraries building community research”


    VICNET FUTURE

    Digital Divide : Eternal issues in society

    • Isolation at all levels

    • On-going government support role

    • The role that public libraries play in reaching the “digitally divided”

    • E-democracy versus E-government http://www.victorianedemocracy.info)


    VICNET FUTURE

    • VICNET has proved to be an extremely useful development and delivery arm for Government Info Society programs.

    • If VICNET didn’t exist it would have to be invented

    • Recurrent vs Project vs Trading balance

    • A changed and changing environment?

    • Consortiums and collaboration

    • Online expectations and growth and skills

    • Digitising growth & Content management needs


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