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Virtual conferences for scientists

Virtual conferences for scientists

To discuss the key requirements for virtual conferencing software (in particular for running virtual conferences in the mathematical sciences) and how best to meet those requirements
Dale Sleppy
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Daniela Guaita
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Daniela Guaita
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Robert Spekkens
Dimdim acquired by salesforce.com. http://www.computerworld.com/s...
"Open-source code made available by Dimdim will still be accessible at SourceForge.net, but the company will no longer be contributing to that project." - Robert Spekkens
Matt Leifer
This could be the one: http://bigbluebutton.org/ Open source video conferencing, chat, slide and screen sharing built with higher education in mind. Server required (no hosted version). Also see http://twit.tv/floss147 for a podcast that discusses it.
Robert Spekkens
I learned about iDroo today from a comment by Mathqq at Backreaction (http://backreaction.blogspot.com/). It's another attempt at adding a whiteboard to skype. So I downloaded it. Sadly, like all other such products I've tried, it disappoints by failing to replicate one of the two critical features of an actual whiteboard -- an eraser.
Robert Spekkens
I just heard about this package, called evo -- http://evo.caltech.edu/evoGate... I haven't had a chance to try it out yet.
According to their about page http://evo.caltech.edu/evoGate... it seems that the primary goal of evo is to spout a long list of jargon and buzzwords before finally getting around to telling you that it does just about the same thing that every other web-based collaboration service does. It is worth trying, but this doesn't leave me hopeful. - Matt Leifer
The documentation is only available as a pdf file, really? - Matt Leifer
Matt Leifer
The hosted version of DimDim now allows you to organize webinars with an unlimited number of attendees - http://www.techcrunch.com/2009...
Matt Leifer
Fwd: Reminder: anyone in the world can now attend Science Online 2009 London without leaving the comfort of their pyjamas or computer on August 22nd: http://network.nature.com/people.... Please pass the word! (via http://friendfeed.com/science...)
Shame that it's in Second life though. Last time I tried it, I got scared off by all the weirdos in there - and my poor MacBook crashed under the strain off all that 3D rendering. Why do they use Second life? Surely all they are doing is a web-cast? - Dan Browne
I don't know why they are using Second Life, rather than a more straightforward web-meeting solution, e.g. DimDim. They definitely want more than a plain webcast though, as the ability to interact with other attendees (both real and virtual) is important. Presumably they think that Second Life encourages this. I think this argument is fallacious, as modern web meeting software is pretty good at allowing interaction. Second Life is overkill and yesterday's news. - Matt Leifer
Thanks for the heads up re: DimDim. I've been looking for a decent low-cost web-meeting site for a while now. I'll take a look at this. Have you tried it? - Dan Browne
Yes. It works incredibly well for small meetings, i.e. much better than any other free service that I have seen. Not sure how it scales for big meetings because I've never tried it with more than 3 people. If you are interested, we are collecting links to various web-conferencing software in this friendfeed group: http://friendfeed.com/virtual... - Matt Leifer
Michael Nielsen
In DimDim, would it be possible to record a screencast using a tablet?
In principle, but I don't know if you can easily extract the video of the screencast without all the additional DimDim cruft. There are better tools for screencasting. - Matt Leifer
Matt Leifer
Dimdim Leaves Beta, Adds Features, Releases Source Code - ReadWriteWeb - http://www.readwriteweb.com/archive...
Updated version of the best platform we found so far is released. Significantly, the open source version no longer has a restriction on the number of attendees. - Matt Leifer from Bookmarklet
Matt Leifer
Team Apart hits the right price for collaboration: $0.00 | VentureBeat - http://venturebeat.com/2009...
Yet another tool for web meetings. This one is invite only at the moment. - Matt Leifer from Bookmarklet
Matt Leifer
Fwd: Virtual conference quandary for researchers - http://www.rsc.org/chemist... (via http://friendfeed.com/hiroshe...)
Love the quote from the Elsevier person. "Karel Nederveen, publishing director for chemistry at Elsevier, agrees that pre-publication is a tricky problem: 'The community, including the publishers, needs to hammer it out and agree on what constitutes publication.'" (Am I the only one that hears "and that model better include us making $" after this :) ) - Dave Bacon
Daniel Mietchen
From an email I just got: " Will draw more than 20,000 life science researchers, scientists, thought leaders, executives and exhibitors worldwide who are focused on life sciences and biotechnology. More than 30 percent of the audience comes from more than 100 countries outside the USA. BioConference Live connects people across borders with virtually no significant contribution to the carbon footprint. Gather in a greener way... online! A similar event by our producer, PlatformQ saved over 25 million pounds of CO2 in air, hotel, and transportation emissions." - Daniel Mietchen
Nature does a good job at it in Second Life: http://www.nature.com/secondn... - Andrew Lang
i doubt the 20k - one very low tech version that has had some success is the Chemistry division of SLA's virtual poster session. The posters are up for like two weeks and there are forums to ask questions.... it works pretty well, but it's nowhere near as ambitious as this - Christina Pikas
Do they say how they count that 20K? - Bill Hooker
This is coming from labroots? 20k is an insane over estimate. It seems to be the norm for these guys to drastically over-estimate their usership. Maybe they're counting all of their spam and re-register accounts? And assuming all of those people will show up to a 2 day on-line event? - Brian Krueger - LabSpaces
And I got singled out because? I was one of 3 other posts questioning your metrics. I've seen numerous SNfSs boast numbers of 40K (sciLink), 50K(researchgate), 20K(labroots) when their site activity is terribly low. Labroots is no different, so don't throw around numbers like 20K when labroots last forum post was 8 days ago with no answer, it averages 1 blog post every 2 days and the... more... - Brian Krueger - LabSpaces
How about you two take your internecine quarrels elsewhere? This is not the place. - Bill Hooker
Dude, you don't agree with me at all. As far as I'm concerned you're a spammer with a worthless product. That goes for you too, LabSpaces guy. Neither of you appear to be here to be part of the community, only to promote your own useless angle on "facebook for scientists". - Bill Hooker
Wha? Umm, I've given up on promoting my site as anything more than a science news site. I think that's quite evident in my profile statement. My original posts to friend feed may have been spam but I'd say everything I've done here in the past month has been nothing but constructive. Go ahead and look through my discussion posts, Bill. The only thing promoting my site is what's in my... more... - Brian Krueger - LabSpaces
You're right, Brian. I remember the early posts and you've been as you say nothing but constructive since. I apologize. - Bill Hooker
No problem Bill. Just wanted to be sure I wasn't stepping on anyone's toes. It's nice to finally find a group of like minded open scientists. Haha, although I guess you could call my twitter feeding to friend feed spam, but I guess if you don't want the science news you can just choose not to follow me. - Brian Krueger - LabSpaces
Brian, you're alright with me. I think you get the point that it's about community, not about eyeballs. Bill, thanks for being our guardian. - Mr. Gunn
Yeah, I'm not really, and I don't want to appoint myself to that position. I'll watch the crankiness in future. :-) - Bill Hooker
Just to drag this one back on topic, I understand the WoW Virtual Conference was a killer event. http://mysite.verizon.net/wsbainb... http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi... - Peter Binfield
Thanks to everyone for the on-topic bits. I especially liked Peter's last one: "Although the participants all died during the final day's social event — a massive raid on an enemy fort — they agree that this event is a glimpse at the future of scientific exchange." - Daniel Mietchen
In a related note - is there an easy way to get an overview about scientific activities in Second Life? I have seen Nature's exhibit there (thanks, Andrew) and joined Dick Gordon (yes, the one from the NSERC study of peer review costs) in his Embryo Physics course ( http://www.embryophysics.org/ ) and I have seen some invitations to satellite sessions for offline conferences there but I do not really know how to find out about other such activities (other than by traveling around there). - Daniel Mietchen
No background given on where the 20k should come from or how they were calculated. And yes, the fineprint stated that the spam came from labroots. - Daniel Mietchen
Daniel - try contacting Joanna Wombat in Second Life (or in her real persona as Joanna Scott - she has a Second life blog at Nature Network or you can find her via the NPG site index via www.nature.com for Elucian Islands as they call it now.) Although she is Nature, she probably has a pretty good idea of what else scientific is on SL. - Maxine
I agree with Maxine, Joanna is an excellent contact - she is going to #sbcPA by the way. Also try Troy McConaghy (known as Troy McLuhan in SL). He never misses any science event. http://science-center-group.wikispaces.com/ - Andrew Lang
Just back from my first visit to the Second Life lecture, and it felt like back in the early 90s - very poor sound (never had this low quality at Skype or similar), and frequent crashes. Is that normal? I was using a free account, if that matters. - Daniel Mietchen
You can control the volume on your computer but also if you sit closer to the speaker it will get louder. Poor performance in SL is often related to a poor video card. Overall I am a big fan of SL for both presenting and attending conferences if it is done right. And Andy's link to Troy's wiki is probably the best resource for science on SL. - Jean-Claude Bradley
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