Completed projects

Managing Research Data: Report on information management in aeronautic research

This is the first project of an on-going research collaboration on information and knowledge management between the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) and COSI. The project formally identified the role and importance of robust information management to ensure sustainability for the corporate knowledge of the Flight Systems Branch (FSB) of DSTO beyond the efforts of dedicated individuals.
Kinect with Signs
The Kinect with Signs Project investigated as to whether the Kinect sensor, games technology and computational intelligence could be used to teach deaf children's parents sign language in their own homes without the need for expensive one-on-one tuition. Other possible uses for the technology that were being devised in this project included teaching physical skills such as medical procedures.
Breast Cancer Knowledge Online

BCKO Project aimed to investigate and analyse diverse information needs amongst women with breast cancer and their families with subsequent development and prototyping a design for a web-based user-sensitive portal to breast cancer knowledge online.

The Breast Cancer Knowledge Online Project has been supported by the Australian Research Council through its Linkage Program and is a joint project of Monash University, BreastCare Victoria and Breast Cancer Action Group.
Context-aware Mobile Decision Support Systems for Real-time Emergency Management in Mass Gatherings

Context-aware Mobile Decision Support Systems for Real-time Emergency Management in Mass Gatherings was a joint project of Monash University and IBM (Australia). The project aimed to improve communications in emergency situations in mass gatherings through effective use of mobile devices in decision support.
CIIF Koorie Archiving System

The Koorie Archiving System project was a joint project of Monash University, the Public Records Office of Victoria and the Koorie Heritage Trust, funded through the Collaborative Internet Innovation Fund (CIIF) of the Victorian Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development.

The Koorie Archiving System project aimed to provide a space where the Koorie community can come together to provide a Koorie perspective on government records about the community, and so bring together parts of their fragmented modern history.
Evaluation of Heart Health Online

A program to assist GPs to manage depression and related illnesses in patients with coronary heart disease.
This project aimed to develop an internet-based system to assist general practitioners to manage depression and related illnesses, in people with established coronary heart disease. This project was a result of the combined work of people who have experienced episodes of chronic heart disease and depression, and a team of researchers from Monash and Deakin Universities.
Digital Divas: Designing approaches to enthuse girls' interest in ICT studies and ICT careers

Girls' lack of interest in Information Communication Technology (ICT) is clearly evident by senior secondary school. Our research was exploring if a longer term strategy could encourage girls to continue ICT study.

The research outcomes included: identifying materials most likely to stimulate girls' interests, understanding how a longitudinal program can be integrated into schools' curriculum, and through longitudinal research track the program's impact on girls' attitudes towards ICT and ICT careers.
Trust & Technology Project

The 'Trust and Technology: building an archival system for Indigenous oral memory' project was an Australian Research Council Linkage project.

The focus of the T&T project was on enabling Koorie communities to archive oral memory, and to engage with existing government and institutional archives on their terms.
Smart Information Portals Project
2006 - 2008
This project was funded from 2006 to 2008 through the ARC Discovery Project Scheme and was undertaken by researchers at Monash University's Centre for Organisational and Social Informatics.

The SIP project investigated how smart information portals could combine intelligent technologies and metadata-driven approaches to improve the health consumer’s information search.
Development Informatics: the Oxfam-Monash Partnership

The Oxfam-Monash Partnership believes in doing research with a difference. Specifically, the Partnership believes in conducting participatory action research projects that empower communities on the ground and support positive community-driven change. As a partnership, we see ourselves as uniquely placed to conduct this challenging and rewarding form of research, and to share our findings for the betterment of broader development efforts. By bringing Monash and Oxfam staff together, and by combining the academic rigour and ground-level expertise that each organisation brings, our partnership is indeed able to achieve action research outcomes that would not otherwise be possible.