Interactive website wins inaugural AFI award

6 August 2009

An immersive, interactive ABC website about the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli produced in collaboration with the University's Archaeological Computing Laboratory (ACL) has won an AFI Award in an inaugural award category called Screen Content Innovation.

Gallipoli was developed in conjunction with the ABC's Digital Innovation Unit and was launched to coincide with ANZAC Day in April.

ACL's special projects manager Steven Hayes says, "The importance of backroom research support and technical innovation isn't always apparent so its a real boost for our team of programmers (Kim Jackson, Maria Shvedova and Steve White) to see the sometimes very abstract and difficult to explain work they do encapsulated in such a rich and graphically exciting way.

"The ABC Gallipoli project was an ideal use of the skills and experience the DIU have built up over many years so, even though there was a very quick turnaround required for delivery, things went very well and the result is a product that has made us all proud.

"When we heard about the AFI award on Sunday we were all thrilled."

The ACL's primary contribution to the site was the provision of database approaches to modelling historical data. Software developed by the ACL, called Heurist, played a crucial role. It also supplied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data for the site, by building upon a 3D digital terrain model of Gallipoli that was supplied by the University's School of Geosciences.

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