[Coral-List] Virtual meetings and ICRS costs

andrew ross andyroo_of72 at yahoo.com
Mon Jul 25 16:52:38 EDT 2011

In '08 people suggested TED.com style streaming of the presentations and although some got the idea, the general reaction was like we'd suggested the earth was round. I guess the concept was a little too crisp then.
This sort of streaming video is now commonplace. Though I can't speak to the costs or logistics, I can say it would be valuable if every presentation in a conference like this were available on-line as a searchable resource. This would also allow one to catch up when presentations overlap and people's posters would get more traffic. Yes, the presentations and posters for the most part have a paper, but the photos, personal aspects and questions of a live presentation are also valuable. 
A few months ago the 2012 organizers wrote saying that the plenary presentations would be streamed, but nothing else. Maybe this is a start, considering the number of presenters, but it's also a shame. The plenary presentations also don't overlap with anything else... lunch, maybe. 
If we were serious about getting "bandooloo", every presenter would have a colleague video their presentation and upload it to Youtube, titled in some semi-organized and searchable way. 
I appreciate that none of this would be terribly helpful for those with slow internet. A

--- On Mon, 7/25/11, Simon Donner <simon.donner at gmail.com> wrote:

From: Simon Donner <simon.donner at gmail.com>
Subject: [Coral-List] Virtual meetings and ICRS costs
To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
Date: Monday, July 25, 2011, 10:49 PM

Several people have suggested holding virtual meetings in place or in
combination with the ICRS. While it is probably too late to design a
virtual component of next year's meeting, for which people have
already been working long and hard to organize, we could begin
planning for future meetings.

Virtual conferences are likely to become perfectly normal to us at
some point in the future, just as e-mail, web browsing, Google Earth,
Facebook, and Twitter have. I am personally interested in what will be
required, in terms of psychology and technology, for us to make the
first step towards that future. If anyone has ideas or suggestions for
how to organize a virtual meeting, or is spearheading an initiative to
convert a "live" scientific meeting into a virtual meeting, I'd
appreciate hearing them either in an e-mail or as comments on my blog:




Simon Donner
Assistant Professor
Department of Geography
University of British Columbia
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