This Week’s Aussie Connection – NMC Online Conference

19 03 2007

This week is the NMC’s Online Conference on the Convergence of Web Culture and Video, and we’re excited to have as a keynoter, Angela Thomas from the University of Sydney, speaking on Evocative Spaces and Aesthetic Grabs: How YouTube and Video Blogging are Redefining Self Expression.

It’s been through connections made via NMC’s Campus in Second Life that we got to know (virtually) Angela– she was a huge help last October during our 12 day Symposium on Digital Media, where she coordinated an entire series of sessions bringing in colleagues from Australia and provided a fabulous session on her concepts of avatars and identity.

There’s still time to register for our conference; Angela’s session is going to be early evening here in the US, and hopefully a reasonable time for her in Sydney; we also have a keynote from Henry Jenkins at MIT, and another fantastic presenter we’ve gotten to know via Second Life, Cynthia Calongne, of Colorado Technical University.

Anyhow, that means I am pretty tied up this week with the conference, and still need to get to my draft list of session ideas for the October visit (I’m working on it Cathy and Jyothi!).

What’s a Blog Without A Wiki?

3 03 2007

I’m still mostly playing here, but figured for this trip I’ll need a wiki for some planning and hanging additional content. It’s been a while since I played with the free hosted ones, and ti always seems that PBWiki and Wikispaces are about neck and neck for features (I have wikis in both bins). I am trying first a PBwiki at mainly as I recently read they have integrated a 30 Boxes calendar feature as a plugin to PBWiki pages- and yes, it was easy to set up.

I continue to tinker wit widgets on the sidebar…. there are times when I feel boxed in for thei limits (I can restrict output to a tag set, but not flickr. There are no options for RSS to include descriptions of items…), and then I keep in mind that having just a form to enter a fee URL into is not much overhead to getting RSS displayed in the page.  For the average (or heck, sub-average) persons wishing to focus on writing/blogging, have some lovely templates, is the dogs pajamas.