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Victoria ICT linkages program under review

Victoria ICT linkages program under review

Department of Business and Innovation seeks feedback from cluster participants

The Victorian government’s ICT linkages program is under review as the initiative that formed Open Source Victoria has sought feedback from its cluster community.

In an email to Open Source Victoria’s community, an online survey was sent out saying that the program had fallen under review.

“The ICT Linkages Program that kick-started Open Source Victoria is under review,” the email read.

“Multimedia Victoria has provided financial support for our Software Freedom Day program over the past few years, Mel8ourne's LCA, and the OSV/OSIA meetings and as such, many of you have participated in OSV related events.”

The program, which falls under the Victorian government’s ICT industry plan from 2005 to 2010, has provided support for industry clusters including spatial technology which the Victorian government pledged $100,000 to create the Spatial Victoria cluster in 2007.

The Victorian Government Department of Business and Innovation is the government body conducting the evaluation, and asked those reviewing the organisation whether or not they would continue participating in the cluster.

“As a representative of an organisation that may have participated in or attended events provided by an Industry cluster, we would like to get your perspectives on the types of activities undertaken by clusters, the benefits to your organisation from participating in the cluster or its activities [and the] future opportunities for cluster participation,” the online survey said.

“Responses are anonymous and we estimate the survey will take 5-10 minutes to complete. Please complete the survey by cob Monday 7 March.”

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