The winner of the VALA Award this year is The Research Hub, at Griffith University.
Like any large institution, Griffith University has information of variable quality, stored in a wide variety of enterprise systems, and previously had no way of bringing that information together, linking it, and presenting it in a simple and seamless interface. The Research Hub has been designed as a "simple" solution that allows information to be brought together in one place and enhanced by the people to whom it matters most: Griffith University researchers. The Hub dynamically aggregates information from multiple enterprise systems to expose Griffith's extensive research activities and its researchers. This also saves researchers from having to enter their data into "yet another system".
Jo Morris, Manager of eResearch Services at Griffith University, accepted the 2012 VALA Award.