In all, the 12 projects awarded funding this year by the foundation will receive a total of $371,431, bringing the total over six years to $1,657,769 and 84 projects. The foundation was established by the .au Domain Administration (auDA) in 2005.
The 2012 round saw the Foundation receive the highest number of applications in its history.
“We were delighted by the number of applications we received, many of which were exemplary,” auDA CEO Chris Disspain said.
The 12 grant recipients were:
• Hello Sunday Morning. HSM Phase 2.0: Hello Sunday Morning (HSM) is a space for any individual to take responsibility and change their drinking behaviour. This project will research the most effective and functional improvements to the HSM online platform in order to enhance its functionality as a health promotion and individual-social change tool around alcohol use
• Prahran Mission UnitingCare. Voices Unplugged: This will be a new anti-stigma project about hearing voices which is based on the telling of personal stories via a new online multimedia portal. The research will be conducted in partnership with the National e-Therapy Centre at Swinburne University and will be a community project primarily run by people diagnosed with severe mental illness, and supported where appropriate with specialist expertise
• RMIT University (Professor Margaret Jackson). Twitter and the Courts: This research project will examine the use of Twitter by the courts to disclose information about decisions as well as inform on administrative matters. It will explore how courts can use Twitter to inform the public on their activities
• Reef Check Foundation. REEFSearch Community Reef Identification and Observation Program Online Community: ReefSearch is an interactive identification and conservation program based on reef health factors monitored by trained volunteers. This project will be the development of an online public portal where people can share their findings and photos for their new REEFSearch program. It will also have tailored applications for the tourism industry, schools and community groups
• University of South Australia. Internet technology that is inclusive without being invasive: This PhD scholarship will support a project that aims to determine what personalisation is valuable to the Internet user, to reduce the variety of personal data this is collected, and to reclaim user control of the personalisation process from search engines
• WorkVentures. Get Online!: This project will create awareness and knowledge among marginalised groups who are non-Internet users about why it is important for them to get online through a national education awareness campaign
• University of the Sunshine Coast. e-Nexus: Creating and Examining an Internet-based Community of Practice for Nurses that inspires, informs, connects and disseminates innovations. This project will establish an online Community of Practice that will enable members to develop shared learning activities and bring about practice change in nursing education in real time and virtual environments
• Monash Indigenous Centre, Monash University. Visualising Country, an online interactive archive of 3D Models of Australian Terrains, trees and animals: This PhD scholarship will support the development of an interactive interface to enable Indigenous communities to access and use three dimensional (3D) models of Australian landscapes (terrain, trees and vertebrae flora) to create virtual cultural worlds
• Ballarat City Council. Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka: This project will encourage youth civic and political engagement by developing inspiring, accessible e-modules for students and teachers that directly deal with issues of civic and citizenship
• Guide Dogs Victoria. “Gabby’s Going Places” Interactive website: This project will develop an interactive online version of Gabby’s Going Places, a publication which aims to educate blind and vision impaired children and the people in their day to day life about the challenges of living with blindness or low vision and solutions to overcome them
• Deaf Services Queensland. Video Relay Interpreting for the Queensland Deaf Community: This project aims to assist in the provision of interpreting services to the deaf community members who reside in rural and remote areas, and who would normally have difficulty in accessing an Auslan interpreter
• Griffith University (Dr Leanne Casey and Mareka Frost). Self-Harm, Help-Seeking and the Internet – Informing Online Service Provision for Young People: This project will examine the potential role of the Internet in overcoming barriers to help-seeking, and to determine the preferred forms of service delivery for young people at risk of suicide and self-harm who are contacting Kids Help Line