My Northern Voice

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The anticipation over last weeks conference had been building for awhile, and it turned out to the very best of times. I put together a weak wiki page of my notes.

It was a thrill to meet the awesome edu-blogger posse that lambo, hangs with. alan, darcy, and scott have been in my aggregator for sometime now, and it was a real pleasure to get to know them on a more personal level. I have linked to their respective insights on the conference which all go into more depth than i plan to here. There were many insightful discussions, that i was happy to be able to record and will be posting to this, now ‘podcast enabled‘ blog.

One of the only reasons to go to any of these things is to meet the people. We are all so cooped up for so much of the year, it is a special time when we can all get out to play, share and see the faces behind the blogs. I was fortunate to meet Phillip J from Twenty Years From Now blog. Phillip is doing his thesis on a subject of special interest to me, tagging.

My thesis explores motivations and strategies used within tagged information spaces for storing and retrieving digital content. I am specifically studying del.icio.us and citeulike.

His talk (which I also tried to record) was well received and I had lots to discuss with him. I cannot wait to get his feedback on our Life of Tags project.

Nancy White, self professed – “online interacion addict” , led a fantastic discussion on Snow White and the Seven Competencies of Online Interaction. I have not listend to alans recording yet, but I am glad he was there to catch it. One of the topics that came up in the discussion was just how risky blogging is from a research academic’s perspective. Ideas posted online, are open for all, and in the competitive ‘publish or perish’ environment, sharing is not always to your advantage. There is resistance, but the situation is changing as the benfits of building knowledge together online becomes realized.

One of the most intruiging ideas I caught, was about the guy(gal?) who does not have a blog, but rather just posts comments on other blogs. Apparently they are quite prolific in this practice and have evolved a strong online presence as an “A-list commenter“. Unfortunatley, I did not get his name, nor do I remember who was speaking at the time, (distracted by my own technology?) but if anyone knows who this person might be, if they can be googled or whatever, I’d love to hear from you. My own searches have proved fruitless.