VALA holds regular guest speaker events covering recent and interesting developments in the application of information technology. They are open to all members of the community.
To view the Calendar of events click HERE.
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VALA invites you to our June Guest Speaker event and VALA AGM. Join us at The Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne on Wednesday 29 June from 5:30pm.
Our speaker is Mal Booth, University Librarian, UTS Library who will be speaking on the topic “Technology (Alone) isn’t the Answer You Are Looking For“.
VALA invites you to our first Guest Speaker event for 2016. This 1-hour event will be run as a Zoom Webinar.
Join special Guest Speakers Nobuko Miyairi and Alainna Wrigley from ORCID for a basic technical introduction to ORCID APIs.
VALA invites you to our August Guest Speaker event for 2016. This 1-hour event will be run as a Zoom Webinar.
Join special Guest Speakers David Feighan and Ebe Kartus who will be speaking on the topic “Collaborative metadata management in cloud based library systems – what are some of the practical implications”.
VALA invites you to our final Guest speaker event for 2016. Join us at the Docklands Library on Wednesday 23rd November from 5:30pm.
Our special invited Guest speakers will be the joint recipients of the 2016 VALA Award.
Topic: “What can we learn from measuring peace?” – an update
For those of you who attended the August 2015 VALA event entitled “What can we learn from measuring peace?”, the Institute for Economics and Peace has released the Global Peace Index 2016. This year, the IEP celebrates 10 years of measuring and analysing global levels of peace. Copies of past and present IEP reports can be found HERE.
The GPI is the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness. Released annually since 2007, the Index gauges on-going domestic and international conflict, safety and security in society, and militarisation in 162 countries by taking into account 23 indicators. The 2015 edition of the GPI was released on 17 June at King’s College in London and at the UN Secretariat in New York City generating world-wide interest and media attention.
VALA and the City of Melbourne are proud to host this important event, and to welcome Steve Killelea, AM, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Institute for Economics and Peace, to the Town Hall. Steve is in Melbourne for one night only to present the 2015 Global Peace Index (GPI) the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness.
VALA invites you to our July Guest Speaker event and VALA AGM. Join us at The Docklands Library on Wednesday 1 July from 5:30pm.
Our speaker is Richard Wallis, Technology Evangelist, OCLC who will be speaking on the topic “Web Driven Revolution for Library Data“.
VALA invites you to the first event for 2015. Join us at the Baillieu Library on Wednesday 22nd April from 5:30pm.
Our speaker is Les Kneebone from Education Services Australia who will be speaking on the topic “Make it a triple: Australian Education Vocabularies and RDF“.
Founder & Executive Chairman
Integrated Research Ltd; The Charitable Foundation; Institute for Economics and Peace
Steve Killelea is an accomplished entrepreneur in high technology business development and at the forefront of philanthropic activities focused on sustainable development and peace. After successfully building two international software companies, Steve decided to dedicate most of his time and fortune to sustainable development and peace.
Steve founded Integrated Research Ltd (IR), an Australian publicly-listed company with a 25-year heritage of providing performance management and payments software for business-critical computing and Unified Communications environments. Through Steve’s direction as CEO and now as Chairman, IR has built an impressive, world-class customer base to make it one of Australia’s leading software companies. Steve was recognized as AIIA Australian Exporter of the Year in 1998 and 2003, amongst numerous other business awards.
Steve has always had a strong passion for sustainable development, and in 2000 established The Charitable Foundation (TCF), which specialises in working with the poorest communities of the world. TCF is one of the largest private overseas aid organizations in Australia. It aims to provide life-changing interventions reaching as many people as possible with special emphasis on targeting the poorest of the poor. TCF is active in East and Central Africa and parts of Asia and has substantially impacted the lives of over 2.3 million people.
In 2007 Steve founded the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), an international think tank dedicated to building a greater understanding of the interconnection between business, peace and economics with particular emphasis on the economic benefits of peace. IEP’s ground-breaking research includes the Global Peace Index, the world’s leading measure of peacefulness. Steve’s founding of IEP was recognized as one of the 50 most impactful philanthropic gifts in Australia’s history.
Steve currently serves on a number of influential Company Boards, Advisory Boards and President Councils. In 2010 he was honoured as Member of the Order of Australia for his service to the global peace movement and the provision of humanitarian aid to the developing world. In 2013 Steve was nominated one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Armed Violence Reduction” by the UK group Action on Armed Violence.