It has taken a long time to get to this post – partly as I struggled to catch up with ALT-C online. However, I thought I would comment after seeing Brian Kelly’s post on Does Sharing on Mobile Devices Hinder Real World Discussions?
I would agree with Brian’s points:
In reality, I would argue that use of Twitter at conferences helps to develop new links and strengthen existing connections.
But also stress the value in extending the scope of the conference beyond those physically there.
In many ways the ‘social’ elements of a conference (dinners, etc) can therefore become more important – tweet during the day, meet during the evening so to speak.
(I wrote that last point before seeing the tweet copied in Brian’s post: we are sharing and building through twitter and online but maybe next year we say no tweeting over dinner? #ili2012)
One problem I have is that I have too many interests, it is a reason why previous blogs have failed to have much of a ‘flow’ and it impacts on me in other ways. For example, I fail to keep up with my Google Reader feeds and personal blogging. It also means that there are more events I would like to attend than I possibly could (unless I won the lottery and could afford all the travel and fees).
Yet if I miss an event I will try and catch up online as much as possible – live streams, recorded sessions, twitter feeds, etc. However, I have increasingly noticed problems with this approach.
(1) Live streams – increasingly I miss the conversations around the sessions, I used to think attendance and reflection were key but the conversation and collaboration are really what you miss out on.
(2) Recorded sessions – YouTube digests no longer really come in a format which easily exposes all that is new. This is probably to make sure you visit YouTube rather than just view the email but it is difficult to see all the videos from a channel in the one you once could. One solution might be for channels to ‘drip-feed’ the release of recordings over time.
(3) Twitter feeds – using TweekDeck I can try and keep on top of Twitter feeds. However, the combination of spam, endless RTs and the growth of Twitter are causing problems. In the latter case if you are not quick the feed can become polluted – for example #BBW12 initially used for this year’s Blackboard World conference was soon hijacked by the Baltimore Beer Week. Now, I’d image @BaltBeerWeek was probably more fun that BBWorld but wouldn’t the organizers check online for tag use first? Or perhaps they did and it it is perceived that it doesn’t matter if its an old tag as the main use is for real time collaboration? Whatever the case, I have always used Google to check on hashtag use before recommending them and had presumed everyone does. Do you? What would then be a solution? Lists, which are there in Twitter but probably not used by many, might offer one solution. Alternatively some kind of index or perhaps a TweetDeck system with more intelligence that can store and save tweets by identifying attributes such as topic (via keyword) and event (by location or date). Of course tweet archiving solutions do exist and there is, evidently, a need for me to become more of an expert in that area.
My next post should cover the ‘good’ of following the ALT-C conference this past week.
Now it might be very librarian of me to say that I will miss the library…but I will.
Once my access to the, easy to use single-sign-on, university portal ends I will not be able to access the various ejournals I have kept an eye on over the three years, many in areas such as business and health not directly related to the education/technology schools of my course. In the form of non-Open Access journals the publishers are effectively helping the universities maintain a legacy control on knowledge from the pre-web era.
Certainly I opted for the course I did knowing I could use the excellent SCONUL Access scheme. SCONUL Access allows students, at participating UK Higher Education institutions, to visit other physical collections. However, it was the ejournals that were really useful for my general development even with some of the problems in trying to access materials across different vendor platforms.
Of course University libraries have supported Open Access for a long time now and hopefully this can continue so libraries are empowered to play their part in getting students attached to key information sources. Students can then go on using and contributing to these resources, and other quality resources and peer reviewed activities, during the rest of their lifelong learning. The possible death of publishing has been well documented elsewhere, all I would say is that the journals do not just need to be open/affordable but also as easy to use/access as any other thought leadership in the modern era.
Well passively following perhaps. I’ve recently attended a number of webinars organised by AIIM (Association for Information and Image Management) and have been impressed with the conversation around #aiim and the quality of their website.
Indeed I am seriously considering looking further into the Certified Information Professional (CIP) accreditation. If holders are out there do get in touch.
The CIP standard seems to have a comprehensive capability framework and covers a number of areas around record and data management, arguably ever more important for information professionals with the growth of electronic data. Indeed the certification covers areas that the UK’s Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) is sometimes criticized for not covering in enough detail due to its wide scope.
AIIM’s European/UK body seems to make a lot of sense in an area that would probably be between CILIP and the British Computer Society (BCS) in the UK – or “bridge IT and business” as they advertise – similar to the Information and Records Management Society.
Okay, so its only a name change, but the death of the Android Market in preference to the Google Play Store seems a curious move from the big G.
Not that long ago I was becoming more and more Google, using Docs, Gmail, Reader and more. However, even with an Android phone, I find myself looking at options elsewhere. The ‘Play’ switch risks alienating the Enterprise and users such as me even more. Okay I might buy the odd movie, book and music file but that is not a huge percentage of my expenditure.
This video perhaps shows why Play is like it is – going down the hardware route is shifting Google’s focus and I am not entirely sure it is for the better.
Perhaps Microsoft may yet come good via Windows 8.
The next twelve months is certainly going to be a big one in consumer and enterprise technology.