A series of oral presentations and group discussions from the Making Links 2008 conference. View all conference abstracts

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Welcome and Chair

Jill Sergeant
Conference Chair
Diane Kerr
Welcome to Country

Opening Address

Ms Lily D’Ambrosio MP
Parliamentary Secretary for Community Development, Victorian Government

Keynote Presentation: “Social Inclusion Requires Digital Inclusion” - Part 1

Andrew Mahar
Director, Infoxchange Australia

Abstract Intro: It is fundamental to digital inclusion and the maintenance of a civil demographic society into the future that models to provide affordable internet access be developed and applied. No society can survive at the forefront of advanced nations without taking advantage of the communication technologies that emerge as the society develops...
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Keynote Presentation: “Social Inclusion Requires Digital Inclusion” - Part 2

Andrew Mahar
Director, Infoxchange Australia
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Keynote Presentation: “Reaching Out or Moving Closer: Connecting with your Community”

Penny Hagen
Projects Director/Strategist, Digital Eskimo

Abstract Intro: Social technologies offer great potential as platforms and channels for dialogue and action. However there is no sure fire set of ingredients to getting the mix right. Understanding what motivates people to take action, and ensuring that people actually participate, is as important as the design of the tools themselves...
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Beyond Digital Stories: Real Opportunities for Diverse Communities

Maria Tran & Maylei Hunt
Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE), Sydney

Abstract Intro: This will showcase ICE’s various projects conducted in the Western Sydney area, referencing the issues of personal ownership of stories, consultation process, cultural sensitivity, importance of training artists/ film makers as facilitators, partnerships...
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Using Digital Storytelling to Capture Responses to the Apology

Dr Helen Klaebe & Dr Jean Burgess

Abstract Intro:
This paper will discuss and evaluate a co-creative media project that adapted the methods of digital storytelling and oral history in order to capture responses to the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s apology on February 13, 2008...
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Using the Camera: Telling Stories Our Way

Samia Goudie & Natalie Davey
Hopevale / Pelican and SCU / University of Queensland

Abstract Intro: This presentation will share digital stories made during a month long camp in a remote setting in Cape York...
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Emergent Technologies and Bricolage as a Design Approach; GNU/Linux Public Licence Software

Nancy Mauro-Flude

Abstract intro: In this presentation I will talk about projects I am involved with as a free software user inspired by the GNU/Linux Movement...
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Home Lands - ICTs for Positive Refugee Youth Resettlement

Kirsty Baird

Abstract Intro: Home Lands is an internet television program made with entry level technical resources that connects young refugees living in Victoria with their homelands and separated communities...
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Conspicuous and Inconspicuous Community

Hilary Yerbury

Abstract intro:
A study of members of Generation X and Generation Y engaged in civil society and their lived reality of community online and offline showed that there is no single view of how it can or should be lived...
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Modern Ways For Ancient Words

Daryn McKenny

Abstract Intro: Miromaa (in the Awabakal language means “Saved”) is a program which we have developed to aid in Aboriginal language work, it is a easy to use, user friendly database to help you gather, organise, analyse and produce outcomes for your language work...
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Web 2.0 Accessability

Jonathan O’Donnell

Exploring Musical Creation & Communication – Your Computer and the Special Access Kit

Joshua Cowie
Tanya McKenna

The Arts Centre, Victoria

Abstract Intro: Discover a world of opportunities for music creation and communication available through the Special Access Kit. Several case studies demonstrating the results of the Special Access Kit Project will be presented...
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Social Participation In Technology: Supporting Young People With a Disability to Improve Their Social Inclusion by Their Use of Technology

Sandra Mounsey
Interchange Centre, Gippsland

Abstract Intro: Social Participation in Technology (SPiT) is a research project designed to explore how technologically based activities can promote social inclusion and participation, and improve mental health and well-being for young people with disabilities in two rural areas...
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CP Blogs

Robyn Cummins
The Spastic Centre NSW

Abstract Intro: In mid 2008, The Spastic Centre launched a series of four blogs for people with cerebral palsy and their families. This presentation will explore the development process...
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Access All Areas Community Radio Program

Steve Richardson
Access All Areas

Abstract Intro:
Access All Areas is a weekly radio programme, broadcast on the RPH (Radio for the Print Handicapped network), a radio reading service for people with print disabilities...
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DISTSS Journey in Using Technologies to Enhance Their Work, Connect and Communicate with the Disability Sector and More

Linda Budd

Abstract Intro:
DISTSS is leading learning and development in the disability workforce to optimise outcomes for people with a disability...
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Providing a Responsible, Community Solution

Simon Moore
Claudio Angelucci

Smith Family & Infoxchange

Abstract Intro: The Smith Family and Infoxchange Australia / Green PC have joined forces to provide young, at risk students involved in The Smith Family Learning for Life (LFL) scholarship program with computers, email and Internet access to increase their capacity and participation in a society where they may have previously been marginalised or are at risk of being marginalised...
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Creative Media Engagement for ‘At Risk’ Young People

Jon Staley, Georgia Webster and Dr Aneta Podkalicka
Youthworx Media

Abstract Intro:
This presentation will discuss an initiative that enables at risk and marginalised young people to participate in community radio and multimedia co-creation. Youthworx Media entails a social partnership between Youth Development Australia (a not for profit agency), The Salvation Army, SYN Media (a youth-run community radio station), and researchers from Swinburne University.
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Computer Clubhouse: A Creative Community

Tara Willersdorf
Fitzroy Learning Centre

Abstract Intro: The Fitzroy Clubhouse is a program of the Fitzroy Learning Network, a community-based Neighbourhood House that welcomes people from diverse educational, cultural and social backgrounds...
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10MMM – Hearing Young People’s Voices in Rural Victoria

Leanne Watt
Jo Brown

Western District Health Service

Abstract Intro: This presentation will outline the collaborative 10MMM project which uses multimedia and new technologies to address issues of social isolation, skills shortages and self expression amongst young people in rural South West Victoria...
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Examining Organisational Readiness and Capacity To Undertake ICT Based Mental Health Promotion With Young People

Michelle Blanchard
ORYGEN Research Centre, University of

Abstract Intro: While over 90% of young Australians rate their health as excellent, very good, or good, young Australians’ mental health remains a significant public health concern. Concurrently, there is growing evidence that information communication technologies (ICT) may play a significant role in mental health promotion, particularly amongst young people...
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Your Space Or Mine? Creating Safe Online Environments for Marginalised Youth

Dani Wright & Nadine Toussaint
Freedom Centre Coordinator at the WA AIDS Council

Abstract Intro: Freedom Centre is a peer support and information service for young people with diverse sexuality and gender (DSG) in Western Australia. DSG young people are often socially isolated and therefore readily use cyber technology to form global online communities and access informal support...
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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Panel: Web 2.0. The Future- Part 2

Chair: Nadine Toussaint, WA AIDS Council
Web 2.0: Evolution or E-Exclusion? Dr Scott Hollier, Media Access Australia
Planning for change Robyn Cummins, The Spastic Centre NSW
User-Generated Place Making: The Future of Where 2.0. Darren Sharp, CRC Swinburne University

Panel: Web 2.0. The Future- Part 1

Chair: Nadine Toussaint, WA AIDS Council
Web 2.0: Evolution or E-Exclusion? Dr Scott Hollier, Media Access Australia
Planning for change Robyn Cummins, The Spastic Centre NSW
User-Generated Place Making: The Future of Where 2.0. Darren Sharp, CRC Swinburne University