Vicnet

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Vicnet (Victoria's Network) was a business unit of the State Library of Victoria, Australia operating between 1994 and 2014. It was an early Australian internet service provider that provided website space and training.[1][2] It was Australia's largest web host for community organisations and projects such as Skills.Net and Libraries Online.[3] The State Library of Victoria closed Vicnet on 31 January 2014.[4]

History[edit]

The State Library of Victoria and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) established a joint project to build a web-based publishing service for community organisations in 1993.

Vicnet worked with the State and federal government, private providers, the Victorian public library network and community based organisations across Victoria to address Digital Divide issues. Through a range of ICT programs Vicnet drove the roll out of public access internet points across Victoria and in the process connected every library in Victoria to the Internet for public access. To facilitate access, Vicnet staff delivered extensive training/community development programs across Victoria through government funded programs such as the Skills.net program (a program that was responsible for training more than 100,000 Victorians).[5]

Additionally Vicnet developed an online publication platform and an extensive web directory for members of community organizations, as well as members of the general population.[1]

By 2009, Vicnet was recognised for its work in culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and its digital inclusion services provided for 62 community language groups.[6]

Awards[edit]

  • 1999 finalist for Skills.net program in the Global Bangemann Challenge[7]
  • 2009 Australia and New Zealand Internet Best Practice Awards - Best Diversity Initiative[6][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hardy, Gary (1996-01-01). "Libraries and the new media: VICNET—The Victorian experience". The Australian Library Journal 45 (1): 34–39. doi:10.1080/00049670.1996.10755738. ISSN 0004-9670. 
  2. ^ Farr, Graham; Ainsworth, Barbara; Avram, Chris; Sheard, Judy (2016-01-01). "Computer History on the Move". Proceedings of the 47th ACM Technical Symposium on Computing Science Education. SIGCSE '16 (New York, NY, USA: ACM): 528–533. doi:10.1145/2839509.2844575. ISBN 9781450336857. 
  3. ^ VALA. "Williamson Award 2000". www.vala.org.au. Retrieved 2016-07-15. 
  4. ^ "Vicnet closing down". Only Melbourne. 2014. Retrieved 2016-07-15. 
  5. ^ Fahey, Nicole (1999). An Investigative Report into Client Empowerment and the Skills.net Project (PDF). Geelong: Deakin Univeristy. 
  6. ^ a b "Vicnet awarded Australia and New Zealand Internet Best Practice Award". Retrieved 2016-07-15. 
  7. ^ "VPN - Skills.net gets international recognition". robertclark.net. Retrieved 2016-07-21. 
  8. ^ "Winners » ANZIA - Australia & New Zealand Internet Awards". www.anzia.org.au. Retrieved 2016-07-15.