Unleashing the Tribe
A final quickie before I go on leave for a week...
I just wanted to highlight Ewan Macintosh's keynote, Unleashing the Tribe, on the final day of the Institutional Web Managers Workshop (for which we were a sponsor), which is now available online. This is a great talk and well worth watching. (Note that the talk starts almost exactly 5 minutes into the video so you can skip the first bit). The emphasis is very much on learning, which is fine, though we must not forget that most HE institutions also have a mission to carry our research.
Three comments, on mechanics rather than content, ...
Firstly, as a remote attendee on the day, the importance of having someone in the venue dedicated to supporting remote participants (or rather, a lack thereof) was highlighted very clearly. Ewan chose to use Twitter as the back-channel for his presentation, ignoring the existing ScribbleLive channel. That was his prerogative of course, though I happen to think that Twitter isn't particularly appropriate for this kind of thing because it is too noisy for Twitter followers who aren't interested in a particular event. Whatever... the point is that having announced the change to Twitter verbally at the start of the session, those of us who missed the announcement needed to be informed of the change more permanently thru the ScribbleLive forum so that we could move as well.
Secondly, I note that the streamed video from the various sessions hasn't been made available thru blip.tv (or something like it). Instead, it is being served directly by Aberdeen, the workshop hosts. As a result, the streamed video can't be embedded here (or anywhere else for that matter) - at least, not as far as I can tell. This seems slightly odd to me, since the whole theme of the event was around sharing and mashing content.
That said, apart from a minor gripe about the volume being too low, the quality of the camera work on the video stream was very good.
Thirdly, it'd be interesting to do a proper comparison between Coveritlive, which we used as part of our symposium this year, and ScribbleLive. My feeling is that ScribbleLive makes better use of screen real-estate. On the other hand, Coveritlive has better bells and whistles and more facilities around moderation (which can be good or bad depending on what you want to do). In particular (and somewhat surprisingly), Coveritlive handles embedded URLs much better than ScribbleLive. Overall, my preference is slightly twoards Coveritlive - though I could be swayed either way.