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Henry Linger awarded the inaugural Bill Kent Fellowship (02 Dec 2005)
"The inaugural Bill Kent Prato Research Fellowship has been awarded to Dr Henry Linger for a project in the emerging interdisciplinary research field of Natural and Artificial Immune Systems (NAIS). Dr Linger will use the grant to build on existing collaborations with colleagues in Italy, with whom he will be running an academic workshop and summer school in NAIS, followed by a planning session for a proposed joint masters degree."

Monash Small Grants 2006 Success (29 Nov 2005)
There were three successful small grants awarded to SIMS staff for 2006:
1. An explanatory study of development practices used in the development of small business web-based systems - Dr Kathy Lynch and Dr Peta Darke (CIs).
2. Strategic Positioning of IT Governance within Corporate Governance: Maximising the Value of IT Investments through IT Governance - Dr Adi Prananto (CI)
3. Towards a Knowledge Commons: Modelling a transformation of library services and information resource provision in the Vocational Education Sector - Prof Don Schauder (CI), Dr Graeme Johanson and Ms Kerry Tanner (Mentors), Ms Bea Donkin and Mr Gary Hardy (Partners, Management Interest Group).

Prof. Sue McKemmish an ARC millionaire! (10 Nov 2005)
With the results of the latest round of ARC grants, Professor Sue McKemmish has now been involved as a Chief Investigator with ARC grant projects valued at more than one million dollars. Congratulations!

Discovery grant success (10 Nov 2005)
A/Prof Frada Burstein, Prof Sue McKemmish and A/Prof Julie Fisher (with A/Prof J. Warren) were successful in obtaining a Discovery Grant: 'Smart Information Portals: Meeting knowledge and decision support needs of health care consumers for quality online information' More.

DEST Systemic Infrastructure Initiative bid successful: DART
[announced 26th August 2005]
A Monash University-led bid for funding under the DEST Systemic Infrastructure Initiative has been funded to the full amount of $3.237 million. The funds will allow Monash and its partners (James Cook University and University of Queensland) to undertake the Dataset Acquisition, Accessibility and Annotation e-Research Technology Project (DART).

The DEST Web site describes the project as follows:
"The DART project is a significant and strategically important project of interest to many institutions who are taking up the challenge of e-Research. This project will provide solutions to deal with the life cycle of research - from lab book to formal outputs to teaching. In doing so it will draw on differing needs and discipline perspectives of a range of research communities by pulling together expertise in marine science and sensor grids, expertise in distributed systems, database research and large data set management, and grid computing research."

The project will rely on some of the high level of expertise available in the Faculty--notably, in grid computing and information systems. It will also build upon the Sun Grid infrastructure, which was established in 2004 through a prestigious industrial grant from Alphawest and Sun Microsystems in 2004.

Congratulations to Asad Khan, David Abramson, Sue McKemmish, Don Schauder, John Crossley, and David Green, for an outstanding achievement. Congratulations also to Dr Andrew Treloar [a SIMS Alumni, now working for ITS], who was the project proposal coordinator.

Knowledge Management Laboratory Launch (Dec 2004)
In late November, a function was held to celebrate the launch of the Knowledge Management Laboratory. Photos. More details.

ARTS/IT Small Grants Success (21 Dec 2004)
Prof. Sue McKemmish, Prof. Marian Quartly (History), Prof. Eric Ketelaar (University of Amsterdam) and others have been awarded a $10,000 ARTS/IT Small Grant for a project: 'Memories, Communities, Technologies: A Research Framework for Interdisciplinary e-Research at the Nexus Between the Humanities, Sciences and Information Technology.'

Monash Small Grants 2005 Success (6 Dec 2004)
There were four successful small grants awarded to SIMS staff for 2005:
1. Using Mobile Devices to Collect Data that Assists in Clinical and Service Developments
Within the Care of Stroke Patients -
Dr. Linda Dawson (CI), Dr. Liza Heslop and Mr. David Ramsay (PIs).
2. Intelligent Healthcare Information Portal to Support User-centric Information Provision
for People with Stress and Anxiety
- A/Prof Julie Fisher and A/Prof Frada Burstein (CIs) and Prof Jeff Richards (PI).
3. Community Building: the Power of Public Library Networks - Dr G. Johanson and Ms J. Anderson (CIs).
4. Knowledge Organisation for Managing Risk in Food Safety - Dr H. Linger (CI) and A/Prof F. Burstein (Mentor).

Linkage grant success (19 Nov 2004)
Prof. Don Schauder and Dr. Kirsty Williamson were successful in obtaining a Linkage grant: 'Overcoming barriers to effective Internet use by community sector organisations'.

Discovery grant success (19 Nov 2004)
Dr. Henry Linger was successful in obtaining a Discovery grant (with A/Prof H.M. Hasan, Dr K.P. Crawford, Dr D.N. Hart, Dr L. Warne and Ms I.M. Ali): 'Socio-Technical Determinants of Agile, Network-Centric Organisations' (submitted through University of Wollongong)

CCNR awarded extra funding (Jul 2004)
The Centre for Community Networking Research is pleased to receive an additional $30,000 from the Australian government to continue to promote the interests of civil society in its input to the World Summit on the Information Society. CCNR created a Statement on behalf of the Roundtable on Australian Civil Society and submitted it to the first Word Summit in December last year in Geneva. With the extra financial help of the Office of the Information Economy, it is now working towards the next Summit in Tunis in November 2005. See also earlier CCNR news.

Latest Linkage success: Mobile, wireless technologies in hospital settings (Jul 2004)
Dr Linda Dawson and A/Prof. Julie Fisher have been awarded a $75,000 Linkage grant for a project in collaboration with Monash colleague Dr Liza Heslop (School of Nursing). The project's official title is: Enhancing patient management and clinical systems in hospital ward settings using mobile, wireless technologies. Industry Partner organisations are NEC and Southern Health. Project description.

CRC in Sustainable Tourism - scoping study grant awarded (Jun 2004)
Linda Dawson, Sue Foster, and other team members have secured a grant for a scoping study for a CRC in Sustainable Tourism. This study, entitled Benchmarking Location Based Systems, will explore the current state-of-the-art in location based systems (LBS) in the Australian tourism industry. The aim is to identify key players, current trends and key areas for development, which will provide the foundations for future projects in mobility and sustainable tourism for this team and others. The findings of the scoping study will be reported at an ICT theme workshop in October before the EOI round for 2005 is due.

The initiative is a joint Monash/Victoria University/University of Queensland endeavour. Linda is a co-team leader for Monash/VU together with Dr Pramod Sharma for UQ. Other members of the Monash/VU team are:
Susan Foster, Monash (SIMS); Prof. John Zeleznikow, VU; Paul Hawking, VU; Andrew Stein, VU
Funding of $40K has been awarded for research assistance, focus groups and team workshops.

Dr Livia Iacovino awarded Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal 2003 (13 May 2004)
SIMS researcher Dr Livia Iacovino has been awarded the Faculty of Information Technology Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal 2003, for her PhD thesis entitled "Ethical-legal frameworks for recordkeeping: Regulatory models, participants and their rights and obligations". This medal is awarded to the best Doctoral thesis in each Faculty, each year. SIMS academics have won this award two years running, as Dr Linda Dawson received the medal in 2002.

New Chair of Archival Systems Appointed (May 2004)
Prof. Sue McKemmish has been appointed to the Chair of Archival Systems within the Faculty of Information Technology.

MPA 2003 Supervisor of the Year Award Winner (26 April 2004)
Associate Professor Frada Burstein from the School of Information Management and Systems, was presented with the Monash Postgraduate Association Supervisor of the Year Award for 2003 on Monday 26 April 2004.

Collier Charitable Fund Success
(Jan 2004)
Mrs Kathy Lynch has acquired two equipment grants from this fund for 2004. The first is a grant of $1600 to buy a digital camera and accessories. The second is a grant of $7500 (with A/Prof. Julie Fisher) to buy two lightweight, ultra compact computers for SIMS travelers.


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