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 Blogtalk2004-07-05 17:03
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So, I'm here at BlogTalk in Vienna. Or, rather, the first of two days is over. Just came back to the hotel from dinner. I don't particularly blog well at the event itself.

The conference is mostly academically oriented. I.e. the presenters are mostly researchers and professors who write papers and then present them here. I usually expect that to not really work for me, but it usually does anyway. Quite a bit of material that is interesting and that one can build on. OK, that's the thing about academics, that is it is ok to focus on things that are interesting without them necessarily having any immediate use. As long as you can back up your field of inquiry with lots of references and data. But I can sometimes go for that, even if I don't necessarily have the same kind of references handy.

So, what went on? Well, hard to summarize quickly, and I certainly didn't catch everything. Check Topic Exchange for what other people are saying, and the collaborative notes created live by several smart people with Rendezvous networking and SubEthaEdit editors.

Mark Bernstein of Tinderbox gave a keynote. Tidbits: Some people worry about having only a few readers in their weblog, but it is ok even if only your mother reads it. It is perfectly nice to write to your mother, isn't it? Does blogging change writers - do they become better writers from it? Hard to answer, I guess. How has the Internet resisted turning into broadcasting, like most other media have? Something worth studying.

Stephan Schmidt, one of the developers of SnipSnap talking about bottom-up knowledge managing. You know, most big scale knowledge management systems end up not really working well, mostly because they are too complicated, and their structures don't really match how people think, so they end up not being adopted by users. More simple tools like weblogs and wikis in turn are more likely to be adopted, and usually in a bottom-up way. In organizations people are likely to just start using them, without management knowing, and then self-organizing amongst themselves.

Stephanie Hendrick and Therese Örnberg talked about blogs as an immersive space. Presence, co-presence, dispersive presence. How to create a shared asynchronous cognitive space. Well, that's what blogging is, but some fancy words help sometimes.

Lisbeth Klastrup from Denmark talked about 'live'-writing and weblogs as a parallel to reality tv. How fascinating it can be to have an intimate look into the lives of ordinary people. The affective un-predictablity of seeing what might be next. Immediacy, intimacy and authenticity driving a distributed community.

There were many more things, but that's enough for now. But read more for example: here

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6 Jul 2004 @ 13:51 by Danny @ : Hmmmm....
I cant remember, did they, or should I say did you ever go to a blog convention back here in the states? From what it seems, you have been to more blog conventions out there, than you have in your whole life time out here. ( =  

7 Jul 2004 @ 02:19 by ming : Blog conventions
Well, part of the advantage here is that it is often cheaper. Somebody might make a conference just to be able to talk about interesting things. U.S. conferences are more likely to be, like, $1000, just for the privilege of sitting on a chair and listen to people.  

19 Dec 2014 @ 16:50 by Payasam @ : hTgvjMWhBZNxxpkZxUFO
I done2€™t think the experiment was a faruile, too. I agree with Martin. Wandering through the room during the flipchart sessione2€9d I realized that there were indeed several discussions and people seemed to enjoy talking about questions that triggered them. Personally, I found it quite activating and revitalizing to stand up and walk around. When Jan continued to explain his ideas at the flip chart I was even reminded of a poster session. Thate2€™s actually a good idea! To embed a brief poster session after a presentation instead of a Q & A facilitates the clustering of interests. Considering the heterogeneity and interdisciplinary broadness of presentations at blogtalk, I think this combined depth and wideness.Beyond that, I wouldne2€™t even consider it as a negative point to have multiple formats in one conference. At least concerning concentration span, it might be a good idea to change to a flip chart session every now and then. Maybe before or after the lunch break (Which I didne2€™t, or rather my stomach didne2€™t find to late Jan ).  

23 Dec 2014 @ 16:20 by Win @ : jJFNXNSoNTx
I don't think that the format of ineotacritn was a complete failure. What seems to have worked out the best was the flipchart-thing. I observed the participants a bit and they pretty fast gathered around the questions that interested them the most and made some comments on it. And while doing that, they asked each others further questions or tried to explain their thoughts to the corresponding lecturer.But what I missed at this point was a more proper end of the flipchart-discussion-thing . We just put everything on the wiki and that was it. We did achieve sort of a discussion, but the results were neither presented nor used in any other way. Of course, due to the wiki, all the participants had access to all questions and answers/comments at once but that's it And some participants made some good comments on the questions or worked their way through to a connecting question which then wasn't answered because everybody seemed to have forgotten about the flipcharts when the time was up.  

30 Apr 2016 @ 01:14 by Margaretta @ : spjRkWWqECWTABv
There seems to be such a disconnect between our committeemen and reality. It’s the ole “unintended cosu2qnencese21; syndrome. They just don’t see how some of their actions affect our residents.  

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