October 2008

Making Links 2008: Community – Responsibility – Sustainability
the conference where social action and technology converge

11th – 14th November 2008 at The University of Melbourne

Only 20 sleeps before the conference begins – register now at:

Horse Bazaar Digital Arts Festival, Tuesday 11th November
We are very pleased to showcase exciting and engaging community
produced films and digital stories at the Horse Bazaar digital bar,
Tuesday 11th November 6pm. This should be a great night, with diverse
viewing entertainment plus opportunities to network amongst pizza and
drinks aplenty. While the exact program is yet to be confirmed,
contributors of films include the Australian Centre for the Moving
Image (ACMI), Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE), Vibewire’s
Reelife youth film festival, and Straight Arrows, a service for HIV
positive heterosexuals and their families in Victoria. Tickets are
$15. Register at http://www.makinglinks.org.au/ to ensure your seat.
Remaining tickets (if any) will be available at the door.

Intensive Web Day, Friday 14th November
We only have limited space for participants in the intensive web day
on Friday November 14. Register now so you don’t miss out. The final
program is now available on the Making Links website. The day will
cost $66 (Including GST) if you are also registering for Making Links,
and $110 (including GST) if you are not.

About Making Links
The Making Links Conference is Australia’s leading forum for the not-
for-profit and community sectors to showcase their work and to explore
current and emerging new media and information and communications
technology. This year Making Links is focusing on how technology can
enhance and support social inclusion. For more information about
Making Links, visit the website at http://www.makinglinks.org.au/

Making Links Conference venue is disability accessible.

Conference Chair
Jill Sergeant, Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO)

Organising Committee
Marcus Foth, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of
Nathan Frick, Vibewire
Simon Gee, DonorTec / Connecting Up
Sriram Guddireddigari, Infoxchange Australia
Jonathan Hallett, WA Centre for Health Promotion Research, Curtin
University of Technology
Jason King, Consultant
Liliana Ruti, Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE)
Dinna Tayao, Infoxchange Australia


The Kelvin Grove Urban Village is a heterogenous inner-city master-planned community that provides a unique chance to research the intersection of new media opportunities (e.g., internet and mobile phone applications) and the challenges of new urban developments. Using social network theory, the study will map the communicative ecologies of urban residents and the way they access and use the cultural, educational, and civic assets in their locale. The project will employ a new methodological approach that connects new media, community intervention and urban studies paradigms. The resulting cross-disciplinary framework designed to stimulate socio-economic innovation will lead to urban sustainability and healthier local economies.

The design of technological solutions to facilitate social interaction of urban residents is increasingly important for many countries. Mexico and South Africa are particularly prone to issues that stem from urban densification and a lack of adequate affordable housing. Governments look at ICT to take on a mediating and facilitating role. This proposal brings together the expertise of researchers from four continents in a two year collaborative study. The team will examine local case studies to prepare an international comparison of local community networking approaches.

This study will develop advanced knowledge of how urban neighbourhood communities can be assisted to grow in healthy ways by the use of new media and ICTs. By careful attention to cultural and social assets in the community, innovations will be engendered which enhance economic and social development. This will lead to greater social inclusion, fair access to and smart use of information and services, urban sustainability and healthier local economies. Understanding the opportunities afforded by digital augmentation of social networks will help Australians negotiate the complex web of daily choices, access a greater social safety net and participate in the socio‑cultural and socio‑economic life of their neighbourhood and city.